Mar 29, 2024 - Food and Drink

Get gluten-free baked goods at Accidental Baker at Metropolitan

man stands behind pop-up window, a banner sign that reads "the accidental baker" is below him

Matt Cabana, owner and founder of The Accidental Baker. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Accidental Baker is a locally owned pop-up bakery specializing in gluten-free baked goods at the Metropolitan shopping center.

Why it matters: Its owner and founder, Matt Cabana, didn't intend to make a career out of baking. The former tennis pro-turned-corporate bank rep initially started baking for his wife, who follows a gluten-free diet.

"I don't want people to think 'that's good, for something that's gluten-free,' I want them to be like: 'that's good, period.'"
ā€” Matt Cabana

Context: Cabana started out baking gluten-free goods in his home kitchen for friends and family. With their encouragement, he created a website and Instagram account called The Accidental Baker. That was less than four months ago.

  • His baked goods got so popular that he started baking out of a commercial kitchen to keep up with demand.
bakery casing with cookies and biscuits
Everything in this pastry case is gluten-free ā€” brown butter toffee chocolate chunk (BBTC) cookies, chocolate chip cookies, "believe biscuits" (like the ones on Ted Lasso), tiramisu cookies and croissants. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Dig in: In addition to its gluten-free staples (bagels, sourdough loaves and croissants), The Accidental Baker offers seasonal products and sweet baked goods like cookies, banana breads, and custom cakes and pies.

  • Although the bakery specializes in gluten-free options, everything on its menu can be made non-gluten-free and, in many cases, dairy-free.
  • Cabana will focus mostly on gluten-free options and will offer about five to seven items each day, including staples plus other pastries and breads.
different loaves of bread on a shelf
Gluten-free bagels (sesame, everything and plain), focaccia bread and sourdough. The English muffins are not gluten-free, and you can also pick up sourdough bread that's not gluten-free. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Stop by: The Accidental Baker opens Friday, March 29, at 1100 Metropolitan Ave., next to Joan's Bakery & Deli.

  • It's open Friday-Sunday from 9am-1pm, or until he sells out.
list of offerings and prices
These are just some of the options you might find at the pop-up bakery but offerings will change often. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Fun fact: "If I don't have it on the menu, I can still make it," Cabana tells me, adding that he takes custom cake and pie orders and other special requests.

  • For custom orders and bagel orders of more than half a dozen, check out his website.
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