From Art Museums to Sweet Creations: Allie Smith's Journey with Bramble Baking Company

Welcome to "The Truth in This Art" podcast with your host, Rob Lee! In this episode, we have the pleasure of welcoming Allie Smith, the talented owner of Bramble Baking Company. A small-batch bakery specializing in scratch-baked pies, pastries, and specialty cakes. Allie's passion for baking started as a hobby and grew into a full-fledged business. She is not a formally trained pastry chef but has honed her skills through practice and experimentation. Allie is dedicated to using local and seasonal ingredients in her creations and is committed to creating a positive work environment for her employees.

Bramble Baking Co. is a small-batch bakery based in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2017 as a very small, pie-centric endeavor, Bramble has since grown into a wholesale and pop-up operation serving all sorts of treats at our area farmer’s market and numerous cafes.

Bramble focuses on using seasonal and local ingredients to create cakes, pies, and pastries that are at once nostalgic and new, and their menu offerings change frequently to reflect this. The farms' Bramble partners with not only grow food, but flowers too, and Bramble takes great joy in bringing natural dyes and botanical decoration to their work.

In this episode, we delve into:

  • Allie Smith's inspiring journey, starting Bramble Baking Company as a hobby that blossomed into a thriving full-fledged business.
  • The delightful offerings of Bramble, from an array of pastries, cakes, and other baked goods crafted with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
  • Allie's dedication to fostering a positive work environment for her employees and her strong commitment to social responsibility.
  • A scrumptious highlight as Allie shares her personal favorite, the enticing juniper citrus cake on the menu.
  • Allie's passionate advocacy for Baltimore's artistic community, discussing the need for more resources and platforms to empower artists and activists.

Join us as we dive into the delightful world of baking, learn about Allie's journey from art museum educator to successful bakery owner, and discover the passion behind her delectable scratch-baked pies, pastries, and specialty cakes. She shares her journey from being an art museum educator to starting her own bakery. She talks about how her love for baking pies led to the creation of Bramble and how the business has grown to offer a wide range of pastries, cakes, and other baked goods. Allie emphasizes the importance of using local and seasonal ingredients and creating a positive work environment for her employees. She also discusses the challenges of running a bakery and her commitment to social responsibility. Let's savor the art of baking with Allie! 


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Rob Lee
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Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Allie Smith
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Allie Smith
Talented owner of Bramble Baking Company. A small-batch bakery specializing in scratch-baked pies, pastries, and specialty cakes.
From Art Museums to Sweet Creations: Allie Smith's Journey with Bramble Baking Company
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