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Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Dessert Sensation Pie, Pie My Darling

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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.

Photo courtesy of Pie, Pie My Darling/Facebook

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.

Photo courtesy of Pie, Pie My Darling/Facebook

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.