Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper and visionaries behind oh, roughly every kitchen your mom has pinned to her "Home Ideas" board, have been pretty tight-lipped on the details of their new bakery, Magnolia Flour, since Joanna's initial announcement on Instagram nine weeks ago.
The bakery's official launch is currently set for mid-May, according to Joanna's February 25 blog post, but we've done some sleuth work, and here's what we've learned about the Waco, Texas-based shop — and a few educated guesses (read: pure speculation based on obsessive Instagram/Internet stalking) on what's to come.
1. It will serve strawberries and cream cupcakes.
After taste-testing a variety of frostings to complement the bakery's strawberry cupcake — judging by the photo, it looks like cream cheese and strawberry were two other contenders — Joanna settled on a classic: vanilla buttercream.
Expect to find other tried-and-true flavors, like chocolate and vanilla, too, based on other Instagram posts from the duo's Magnolia Market account:
2. There will be shiplap involved.
Okay, so we have no hard proof to back this claim up, but anyone who's watched even a commercial for Fixer Upper knows the couple loves the rustic wood siding. (They even sell a #shiplap tee online.)
We can only imagine it will make an appearance here too, like it does in this employee meeting room:
3. Some recipes are still being finalized.
Joanna's admitted she's still making some final tweaks to the menu, but since Magnolia Flour is intended as a way for her to share her love of baking with fans and visitors, you can expect that every treat will have a personal twist. The bakery's landing page describes some of her favorite sweets, like chocolate cake, Syrian donuts, chocolate chip cookies and pie, so it's a safe bet that those will probably be served.
4. Expect plenty of chocolate.
If Joanna's holiday baking is any indication, you better believe there will be plenty of white, dark and milk chocolate-covered sweets available.
5. You might find fruit smoothies.
Chip and Joanna's two oldest children are following in their parents' entrepreneurial footsteps, selling their own fruit juice blends to dear old mom and dad. Hey, if the parents really like them, who's to say they couldn't appear on the Magnolia Flour menu? Either way, we appreciate their tenacity.
6. Magnolia Market's kitchenware should have a starring role.
It makes sense that the tiered cake stands, hearty white ceramic mugs and distressed wire baskets Chip and Joanna love enough to sell in their store, Magnolia Market at the Silos, would also be used in the bakery next door.
We can see it already: "I'll have a blueberry muffin, two chocolate chip cookies, and oh, a replica of every bowl, utensil and modern-meets-rustic stool in your store. Kthankstakeallmymoneybye."
7. Chip's breakfast of champions may not make the menu.
Given this is a bakery and not a full-service restaurant, there probably won't be fried egg-topped pancakes, but we can dream, can't we?
We could see Joanna's "Power Balls," an oatmeal-based, no-bake snack she says tastes like cookie dough, on the menu instead.
If it doesn't, though, don't despair — you can find her recipe for them here.
8. Imagine plenty of white — and natural light.
Chip and Joanna have taken the bars off the windows of the shop, replacing the windows entirely with antique metal-framed ones that will let in more natural light.
If the couple's Fixer Upper aesthetic is any indication, the kitchen itself will probably feature lots of white subway tile, dark metal accents, open shelves and light wood. Basically, the more open, airy and laid-back the vibe, the better.
Only time will tell how close our predictions are, but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.