For conscious eaters, Whole Foods is the Holy Grail of shopping destinations. And now, Bunnie Cakes — Miami's first vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-conscious bakery — is offering its sweet treats at all Miami-Dade Whole Foods locations.
The Pinecrest, Coral Gables, downtown Miami, South Beach, North Miami, and Aventura stores are all stocking six-packs of the bakery's minicupcakes in vanilla, double chocolate, and chocolate-chip varieties for $12 a pop (the same price you'd pay at the Bunnie Cakes store).
This was the culmination of a long-term goal for Bunnie Cakes owner Mariana Cortez, who'd been looking to get into the conscious chain for four years. "We finally met with them more than six months ago and started the process," she says. "It took a long time, so I'm definitely excited to have the product finally there."
Cortez is an avid Whole Foods shopper, which makes the experience even more exciting. "I go to Whole Foods at least once a week; sometimes I'm there five times a week! Every time I pass the bakery department and I read and search through all the baked goods, I tell myself, My cupcakes will be here someday."
Monday was that day. The first Bunnie Cakes delivery was made to Whole Foods.
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"Someone sent me a picture, and for the first time I saw my cupcakes on those shelves that I always dreamed of. I immediately started crying. It was very emotional for me — a dream come true!"
This isn't the only recent news from Bunnie Cakes. Cortez and her team have officially begun construction on Bunnie Cakes Studio, a 2,000-square-foot warehouse just behind the original Edgewater/Wynwood store.
The studio will serve as a special events venue where kids and adults alike can attend parties dedicated to cupcake and cake decorating or piñata and decor crafting. Guests will also be able to rent space for events and sign up for classes and workshops hosted by local chefs and bakers.
The space is scheduled to open by the fall, just in time for the holiday season. It'll also include expanded kitchen space for Bunnie Cakes, which will help the team meet the increased demand for the company's cupcakes.