When I was diagnosed with allergies to wheat and dairy back in 2003, I thought my whole world was going to crumble. I was so confused about these allergies so I headed to the grocery store to see what my options were. It only made things worse. Gluten and dairy were in everything, it seemed and the products that were ok for me to eat were not appetizing or appealing in any way. I pouted my way down the aisles of the grocery store and ended up buying an Asian pear and a box of tissue to wipe away my tears.
A couple years later I was living in NY and I’d had enough. Why wasn’t there a place for me and those out there like me who couldn’t have conventional ingredients? It was time for someone to open a bakery where celiacs, vegans, and diabetics could go and indulge in bakery goods that taste just like the cakes and cookies that grace the cover of Food and Wine or in the window of the best local bakery. I decided to make this dream a reality and took to the kitchen. After a year of experimenting, BabyCakes NYC opened on Broome Street in the heart of New York’s Lower East Side.
After the bakery opened, I began to receive many emails pleading for me to go the extra mile to make the bakery certified Kosher. I immediately loved the idea of providing the Jewish community with a safe alternative to wheat based Kosher baked goods and my search for a Rabbi to certify us was on. I have to say it wasn’t easy to track down a reputable Rabbi our first time around but once we did, getting Kosher was easy since we don’t use animal products or dairy. Once the Rabbi checked all of our labels and took a very close look at our facility, he certified us Kosher, Parve and Vegan and we celebrated with joy.
In January of 2010, we opened the doors of our LA outpost of BabyCakes NYC. The community didn’t hesitate to put us in touch with Rabbi Yakov Vann who came down and examined the bakery and approved us for Kosher Certification. Although the word is spreading steadily we are anxious to get the great news out to all our long time customers and future customers. Being in LA has brought us the sunshine we needed and we are having the best time connecting with the community. We love LA!