Mariana Cortez, owner and founder of Bunnie Cakes, began selling vegan baked goods from her home in 2009. Since then, she has expanded to a production facility on NE 59th Street. It's there that she offers treats by special orders to clients. She also sells wholesale to many of Miami's restaurants and markets. Her mini cupcakes are currently available at places like Midtown's areperia La Latina and South Beach's Apple A Day.
But now Cortez is taking her successful baked goods to the next level. She is opening a vegan bakery café -- including a menu with gluten-free options -- in Wynwood. The space is projected to open in mid-December.
Located at 2322 NE Second Avenue, the 1,500-square-foot eatery will offer coffee, tea, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and soups. Cortez, a self-taught baker, will be leading the vegan kitchen.
"The demand for a vegan bakery has always been there, but it's growing even more, especially for gluten-free cakes and cupcakes," she explains.
With the bakery café, her aim is to attract vegans and nonvegans alike. "I think not only vegans will come and eat the cupcakes. Everyone will come enjoy them," she says.
Currently, a dozen vegan mini cupcakes retails for $18 and a dozen allergy free vegan mini cupcakes (with no soy, gluten or nuts) retails for $21. Flavors include passion fruit, guava, mango, chocolate chip and more.
Bunnie Cakes will be the first among the recent boom of boutique vegan bakeries to open a storefront. The others, who mostly operate through wholesale or online, include Om Nom Nom Cookies, Peace-A-Cake and The House of V.
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So, until December comes around, visit their website or call 786-268-9790 for orders.
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