When Iris Green moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles to be closer to family, she was already an accomplished baker, cookbook author and entrepreneur. Interested in opening a small shop where she could sell her from-scratch, small-batch baked goods, she met Zaid Consuegra Sauza and Lydia Palma, now owners of Pirate’s Bone Burgers in the Crossroads Arts District, who offered Green the space that once housed Pirate’s Bone Coffee in Brookside.
After a pretty pink paint job and some whimsical floral décor, The Littlest Bake Shop debuted as the city’s first completely gluten-free and vegan bakery. Open Thursday to Sunday, it attracts a line of devotees eager to get their fill of Green’s cinnamon rolls, peach fritters and cherry buns with lemon zest fresh from the oven.
The colorful and seasonal cupcakes are also a crowd-pleaser; in the past, flavors have included mint-chocolate chip, black currant-pistachio and chocolate frosted with sunflower seed butter. Pair a pastry with a plant-based drink, such as the maple café au lait made with oat milk or a lavender hot chocolate.
The Littlest Bake Shop, 645 E. 59th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.216.1006, littlestbakeshop.com