Denise Cumming wants her new Upper East Side cakery, Pip?s Place, to be all about inclusion.
A longtime believer in afternoon tea and sweets, she got her dessert-making start serving home-baked treats to her kids after school. Everything changed, however, when her youngest, Olivia (nicknamed ?Pip-squeak?), was diagnosed with celiac disease and forced to radically change her diet.
It was then that Cumming began to experiment with her best recipes, swapping wheat for ingredients like xanthan gum, rice flour and cornstarch. After all, why should her child--or anyone, for that matter--be excluded from enjoying goodies?
Proof of the delicious results can be found at Pip?s Place, a sweetly feminine shop that opened last month but already has the gluten-intolerant and tolerant alike lining up for recreations of Cumming?s grandmother?s buns ($3.75), banana cake ($4), fudgy brownies ($2; our absolute favorite) and custom cakes.
Pop in for a bite (perhaps the latest: dairy-free cupcakes) and coffee (a signature blend from Brooklyn?s Peter Longo), and peek into the open kitchen to see what?s fresh out of the ovens, which Cumming calls ?Drew? and ?Bradley? after her two sons.
After all, when it comes to dessert, nobody should be left out.
Pip?s Place, the Gluten Free Cakery, 1729-31 First Ave.; 212-360-6400 or pipsplacenyc.com