Claire Thomas & Laurel Gallucci
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Laurel Gallucci wasn’t going to let an autoimmune disease hold her back when it came to baked goods. She was on a restrictive diet and decided to start experimenting with ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup. She shared a chocolate cake creation with her friend Claire Thomas of the blog The Kitchy Kitchen, and the two decided to launch Sweet Laurel, a specialty bakery and blog. Earlier this year, they launched their first cookbook, which features their most popular recipes, including one for that original baked good—The Chocolate Cake That Changed Everything. They recently opened their first brick-and-mortar location in the Pacific Palisades in California.