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Have Your Cake

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In recent years, Richmond has seen a rise in new bakeries. Turning out sourdough bread and buttercream-topped cupcakes, flaky croissants, sprinkle-studded cookies, and multitiered cakes, these bakers are sparking some serious sugary joy. Nearly as delicious as the wide variety of offerings these carb-heavy ventures encompass are the stories behind them.

During our exploration of local bakeries — just a sampling of the many that call the Richmond region home — we discovered bakers who double as artists, family recipes that have been passed down for generations, and treats made with vegan and gluten-free eaters in mind.

Read on for a collection of fresh-baked pleasures and meet the people behind the mixing bowl.

(Pictured: Olive oil cake with chocolate ganache filling and a salted honey-rosemary buttercream from Fat Rabbit | Photo by Jeff Saxman)

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