If you’re a sweets-loving, Instagram-using Chicagoan, you’re likely already enamored with Pie, Pie My Darling. In the five years since she hit the scene (selling mostly pie, hence the name), self-taught baker Heather Bodine-Lederman has built a ravenous fan base with her whimsical, three-tiered, all-vegan cakes. The vibe is a little bit nostalgic and a little bit goth, and flavors run the gamut from sprinkle-doused funfetti to Goth Mermaid—black chocolate cake finished with an iridescent sheen.
Vegan or not, the masses are obsessed, making those cakes downright tricky to come by. Outside of the occasional pop-up event around the city, your options for securing a taste are: 1) Dine-in and purchase a slice at one of two wholesale accounts, Paulie Gee’s and Handlebar; or 2) Order a full cake via Pie, Pie My Darling’s website. (Be forewarned about the latter: Orders book several weeks in advance and fill up in minutes. We told you this was serious business.)
But a recently added third option is actually our favorite way to sample the PPMD magic. Bodine-Lederman reserves scraps from the week’s special-order cakes and layers them with an obscene amount of frosting to create brilliant, adorable cake jars. They’re extremely limited in quantity and sold on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. If you want one, get yourself to PPMD’s kitchen—currently inside Ruth & Phil’s Gourmet Ice Cream (2636 West Chicago Avenue)—to queue up by 10:45 a.m., or risk leaving empty-handed.
And this just in: After years of searching for a space to call her own, Bodine-Lederman delighted her 53,000 Instagram followers earlier this week by announcing an impending storefront. She’ll take over the lease at Ruth & Phil’s in September, transforming the space into her own retail bakery. Should you feel especially sweet, you can help speed things along by pitching in with Bodine-Lederman’s GoFundMe campaign.