When Kenzie Goodall was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 21, she was told to quit her bakery job and give up her dreams of becoming a professional baker. Instead, her diagnosis motivated her to start Sugar Suite Cakes, a gluten-free bakery located in the heart of Downtown Oakville.
“The more I looked for new jobs, the more I realized there aren’t any gluten-free bakeries that do high-end custom cakes and wedding catering,” she recalls. “I wanted to create something unique where those with allergies can feel just as special as those without.”
Sugar Suite opened its doors in 2018, selling gluten-free cupcakes, muffins, cookies and other baked goods in addition to custom-made cakes. Initially, the shop specialized in gluten-free products only, but soon began receiving requests to cater to other common allergies and dietary restrictions. In response to this demand, Sugar Suite is now entirely nut-free, and offers refined-sugar-free and vegan options.
Kenzie says the feedback from the community has been amazing. “There’s nothing like the excitement on a child’s face when they find out that, for the first time ever, they can have anything in the bakery,” says Kenzie. “These moments are why we do what we do.”
Kenzie’s love of baking began at age 15, during a high school work placement at a wedding cake shop in Toronto. Since then, she’s worked at various bakeries and attended pastry school at Le Cordon Bleu and the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts. While her schooling and work placements brought her to big cities like Toronto, she decided to set up shop in her hometown of Oakville.
“Downtown Oakville has always had a special place in my heart,” she says. “It’s such a friendly community, and many residents have an openness to gluten-free and vegan options, even if they don’t have food restrictions. Given the response we’ve had, it’s clear Oakville was more than ready for an allergen-free bakery!”
For more information about Sugar Suite, including new products, events and special promotions, check them out on Instagram and Facebook @sugarsuitecakes.