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Love is our first ingredient

The Difference Baker is (humbly trying!) to make a difference in the lives of people with food restrictions. All our products are certified free from: Gluten, Peanut, Tree nut, Soy, Fish, Sesame and Crustacean.

But never free from flavor!

We believe allergen-free food can be just as delicious as any other (maybe even more!) The Difference Baker approaches food with unconventional thinking, a nerdy love of the science of baking and a super-obsessive attention to detail and standards.

That’s the difference!

Through countless hours of trial and error and a whole lot of prayers, we’ve perfected our recipes to bring hope and joy to those who used to have to miss out on life’s sweetest moments. The Difference Baker wants to make sure everyone is included when it comes to celebrations or even just an everyday treat.

Everything we make, whether you eat it in our bakery in Virginia or 2500 miles away, is freshly baked or flash frozen to preserve quality and taste without adding any preservatives. We also have many dairy-free, egg-free and legume-free menu items. We have keto and vegan options including our vegan fryer which uses 100% organic non-GMO sunflower oil. View our full menu here.

Want to create allergy-safe food for your business but your kitchen just isn’t quite equipped? Rent our kitchen space! More safe food = more happy people. We are all about that!

Our Founder

A Mama on a Mission

Alyssa Sobecki struggled with dietary restrictions her whole life. But when two of her three children were diagnosed with food intolerances and life-threatening allergies – well, look out world! Alyssa became single-mindedly passionate about finding a way for her children to be safe while still sharing delicious food with others. (That’s the spice of life, right!?)

Alyssa believed she was truly called by God to open her bakery. So with some faith, love and hope, The Difference Baker was born in 2019. As the bakery grew – beginning only with gluten-, peanut- and soy-free – Alyssa pushed the limits for more inclusivity and eliminated soy, fish, shellfish, sesame and all nuts.

Today, Alyssa’s mission to make life sweeter for those with food restrictions continues to grow. The Difference Baker is shipping safe and delicious baked goods all across the country. Alyssa still meticulously oversees the recipe development, ingredient sourcing and, of course, her fun and comfortable bistro-bakery and rentable shared kitchen in her hometown of Ashburn, VA.

Our Staff

Our family understands yours.

Each member of our staff either has dietary restrictions themselves or someone they care about does. So we ALL understand what a life-altering experience having food intolerances can be and how important it is to be methodical about protocols and standards. We love making treats for everyone to share.

Plus, we are really fun and friendly! Come see us!

Michelle
Michelle

Baker / Customer and Production Expert

Tia
Tia

Baker / Customer and Production Expert

Julianna (Juli)
Julianna (Juli)

Communications and Media Manager / Customer and Production Expert

Jennifer
Jennifer

Production Manager / Baker

Giselle
Giselle

Customer / Production Expert

Kelsey
Kelsey

Head Pastry Chef / Flow Manager

Christian
Christian

Head Baker

Lauren
Lauren

Executive Pastry Chef