Owner Stefani Wille, who opened the storefront in November 2019, said Kakes Keto’s mission is simple: to provide safe, affordable access to goods that meet customers’ needs, no matter their dietary restrictions.
“We’ve created that space where people can come in and hear ‘yes,’” she said. “You don’t have to alter something on the menu several ways to be able to eat it—we have what you need.”
Wille started her business out of her home in 2018 after adjusting her family’s diet and seeing the positive effects the change had on each person. At that time, Wille said she had never decorated a cake but was dedicated to learning how to bake to provide specialty goods to others. She quickly grew a customer base, outgrew her home space and opened the Katy location.
The gluten-free kitchen serves up a variety of menu items including breakfast sandwiches, donuts, cookies, cupcakes, bagels, rolls, cheesecakes and specialty cakes. The menu items are made to meet a range of dietary needs, including gluten-free, keto, sugar-free, low-carb and vegan.
Since opening, the response from the community has been very positive, Wille said.
“Especially from our celiac and diabetic friends, they come in shocked and are like ‘Wait, you mean I can have anything?’” she said. “It’s just such a relief to them.”
Wille said part of her goal is to ensure residents do not have to miss out on certain experiences connected to food, such as skipping cake at a birthday party or cookies during the holiday season. For that reason, the bakery often gets special orders around big events and has made wedding cakes, birthday cakes and even Easter candy.
“We want to do our part to make sure someone’s physical needs are being met and they don’t have to miss out,” she said.
Overall, Wille said her favorite orders are when someone comes in with incredibly strict dietary restrictions. Meeting customers’ most difficult requests, she said, is the most fulfilling.
“It’s an amazing challenge and lets us have a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s so rewarding to provide what that specific customer needs.”