Specialty diets are a piece of cake for these area bakeries

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By: Stephanie Weber

With awareness about food allergies on the rise, more bakeries are expanding their product lines to accommodate this changing dynamic. We’ve collected a list of local favorites where you can enjoy yummy, fresh-baked treats. As always, be sure to discuss your unique dietary needs with each bakery when ordering.

Pembroke Bakery and Café
In operation since 2011 and run by a husband and wife team, Pembroke can cater to a multitude of food allergies and offers a growing list of baked goods, including bagels, artisan breads, brownies, donuts, pastries and cakes. Items can be custom made to fit diets free of gluten, dairy and soy as well as vegan.

300 E. Main St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260.247.7220

C’est La Vie Cakes
This bakery takes cakes to the next level, from flowing, multi-tiered wedding cakes to intricately designed fondant cakes for birthday celebrations, baby showers and other extra-special occasions. If you need a gluten-free cake, C’est La Vie is happy to accommodate.

52832 Hill Trail
South Bend, IN 46628
574.220.6438

The Fair Bakery
Known for its artisan and old world breads, this husband and wife team takes a holistic approach to baking. They use only whole foods and organic ingredients whenever possible, and even grind their own chemical-free grains to ensure the highest quality. In addition to gluten-free breads, cookies and pies are also available.

925 E. 600 N
Rochester, IN 46975
574.223.8957

Gigi’s Cupcakes
Specializing in cupcakes and perhaps best known for its generous frosting-to-cake ratio, this bakery has a flavor to please every palate. Gigi’s currently offers gluten-free cupcakes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but will soon make it daily. Vegan and dairy-free cupcakes are available occasionally as well.

314 W. Cleveland Road
Granger, IN 46530
574.277.1700

Good Grains Gluten Free Bakery
Safe for those with celiac disease, this 100 percent gluten-free, custom bakery creates tasty treats like cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip granola bars and several varieties of muffins, cookies and breads. For those with other dietary restrictions, the bakery will happily provide sugar-, egg- and dairy-free options as well.

966 Locust Drive
Roanoke, IN 46783
260.710.1495

Branya’s Bakery
Opened in 2008 by a husband and wife team, both trained in culinary arts, this made-from-scratch bakery offers an impressive array of gluten-free goodies in its Made Without Gluten line. Offerings include cookies, cupcakes, donuts, muffins, brownies, breads and buns. Plus, a vegan line is currently in the works.

9159 Wicker Ave.
St John, IN 46373
219.558.8712

Jo Jo’s Pretzels
If you have missed the chewy goodness of soft pretzels since going gluten-free, reinforcements have arrived. Known well for its freshly baked, hand rolled soft pretzels, Jo Jo’s now offers a gluten-free version. And if you request your pretzel plain, it should be suitable for dairy-free eaters also. Add some of that homemade mustard, and you’re set!

205 N. Harrison St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565
260.768.7759

136 S. Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526
574.534.5656

Little Cakes by Renae
Founded in 2012, this home-based bakery does one thing and does it well: cake pops. Each cake pop is made to order, ensuring freshness and making it easier to address individual dietary restrictions. If you need gluten-free, vegan, organic or paleo cake pops in the future, Renae is the one to call.

Granger, IN 46530
574.400.5659

Rhonda’s Cake Cottage
This made-from-scratch bakery prides itself on creating baked goods the way you need them, and using the freshest ingredients available. From beautifully decorated cakes to decadent brownies and cupcakes, Rhonda offers treats suitable for vegans as well as those with gluten, dairy and soy restrictions.

3701 S. Main St., Ste. 1129
Elkhart, IN 46517
574.612.7995

Rise ‘n Roll Bakery & Deli
Located in the heart of Amish country and known for delicious homemade noodles, pies, cookies, donuts, breads and more, Rise ‘n Roll hasn’t forgotten about gluten-free patrons. The bakery has successfully made many of its delicious treats gluten-friendly, without sacrificing taste. Enjoy a Dutch Apple Pie again!

1065 N. 1150 W
Middlebury, IN 46540
574.825.4032

Serendipity Sweets
This dedicated, 100 percent gluten-free, custom order bakery can accommodate most common food allergies. Founded by a former registered nurse who understands the caveats of restricted diets, items can easily be altered to eliminate eggs, dairy, sugar and soy. Serendipity offers fresh breads, buns, pizza dough, pies, cakes, cookies and much more.

319 S. Main St.
Roanoke, IN 46783
260.444.9769

Yummy Cupcakes
Set to open in May 2014, this bakery will boast an impressive array of cupcake combinations. Its expansive cupcake menu includes 94 vegan-friendly and 23 sugar-free flavor combinations. Add to that the glutenless cupcake line which will be offered daily, and patrons have a plethora of allergy-friendly options.

119 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601
574.289.8669

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