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The Sweet Tooth Cakery dishes up gluten free treats

Opening a new store is hard work. Between permits, inspections, leases and agreements it’s enough to leave even the most seasoned businessperson frazzled.

Make that a nine months pregnant businessperson, and it’s safe to say opening The Sweet Tooth Cakery was more than a little stressful.

But that’s exactly what Jenny Breckon has pulled off. She realized her dream at the beginning of November when The Sweet Tooth Cakery opened the doors to its first retail location.

Having run the Cakery for a few years online through farmer’s markets and private sales, Jenny was ready for a full-fledged bakery. She hunted around for a location, purposefully looking for one that wasn’t right in Vancouver.

Realizing that there are options for gluten-free bakeries in Vancouver, she focused her attention on a spot easily accessible to people in the suburbs. With her convenient location not even five minutes over the Second Narrows Bridge in North Vancouver, it is simple for people coming from Coquitlam, Burnaby or even Pitt Meadows to reach her.

The Sweet Tooth Cakery is a completely gluten free facility. They also produce some dairy free and vegan items, some regularly, and some upon request. And what sets the Cakery apart from other gluten free bakeries is the range of products available. Not only do they carry the usual cookies, cupcakes and loaves, but cheesecakes, pies, nanaimo bars and cinnamon buns.

Having been gluten free myself for close to six years, one thing I have missed horribly is cheesecake. Being able to bite into an actual cheesecake crust was a thing of beauty. The cheesecake I tried was a pineapple coconut cheesecake, and needless to say, it was amazing.

One of the bakery’s best sellers are the cinnamon buns. If nothing else brings you back to The Sweet Tooth, these cinnamon buns will. Fabulous cold or warmed, they will have even gluten full people falling in love with them.

Another thing people will notice with the Cakery is the variety of items. Many bakeries have one, maybe two, flavours of items available at a time, but not Sweet Tooth! The bakery advertises seven different favourite cake and cupcake flavour combinations with almost double that available, many types of cookies and even different types of pies. They also advertise daily specials, which vary from 10 per cent off of pastries to discounts on cupcakes.

And these are just the items that are readily available: at any time custom orders can be placed with the bakery. These can be orders of any of their regular items, or of specialty items. One of these specialty items the bakery often creates is wedding cakes. A gluten-free wedding cake; almost sounds like it can’t exist, doesn’t it? And these aren’t just gluten free wedding cakes; but gluten free wedding cakes that taste as fabulous as the real thing.

Having had the Cakery create my wedding cake, I can say first hand, it was amazing. Light and moist, full of flavour, and nobody could even tell it was gluten free. Jenny is not only talented at baking the cakes, but at decorating them. Cakes can be decorated pretty much however the client asks, and they always look gorgeous.

The bakery has only been open a couple weeks, but Jenny is already looking ahead. She has been receiving requests for bread, and is quickly finalizing recipes to offer a few options of breads. She is also working on cream puffs and chocolate éclairs, two items almost unheard of in gluten free bakeries. The Sweet Tooth also hopes to soon offer mixes; pancake, pizza crusts and pastry mixes, and maybe even pie shells.

With the bakeries success in only a few weeks, it is safe to say The Sweet Tooth Cakery is here to stay, and possibly, even expand.

Look for their grand opening in January, visit them at 2055 Old Dollarton Road, North Vancouver, or online at the Sweet Tooth Cakery website. 

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