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Gluten-Free, Vegan, Baked-Goods Goddess (& Mama) Erin McKenna

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photographed by Kisha Bari

Way before eating gluten-free and vegan was a big “thing,” trailblazer Erin McKenna was making a name for herself in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood with her dietary-restrictions-friendly bakery BabyCakes NYC, which opened in 2005. Now called Erin McKenna’s Bakery, the empire has three locations under its belt (including Disney World), a trio of cookbooks, and legions of fans (including us…and Martha Stewart). Here, the lady behind it all talks about balancing a sky-rocketing career while raising two adorable kiddos (Halsey, 3 1/2, and Ford, 1). We promise: Her take on it all is as great as her pastries.

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