Recently, I noticed a retweet from a Twin Cities vegan Twitter account that mentioned @MPCheesecake. I love cheesecake (it’s my cake of choice) and love anything sweet that can be made vegan. And the logo/mascot/name were a great combo, so I contacted Tami, the brains/face/leader of Muddy Paws Cheesecake.
I was very intrigued when I saw it was a shop that could do vegan and gluten-free cheesecakes, has 222 flavors and has been open about two decades. How did it take me nine months of living in the Twin Cities before I heard about such a place, and in the west suburbs near where I live, no less!?!? Tami invited me to Muddy Paws, and I quickly accepted.
I arrived at the St. Louis Park, Minnesota, store and Tami gave me a tour. Right away she mentioned how there was just a tasting for a wedding, saying that events and serving local restaurants is where a lot of her business comes from. With all the unique flavors and presentation and love and attention put behind each cheesecake, I can see why. When looking at the kitchen, she mentioned there is a separate mixer for the vegan and gluten-free cakes, which have been around since 2003, and beyond a mixer and oven, everything else is made from scratch without preservatives and with local ingredients when possible. She said it takes 40 hours for one cake from start to finish.
Tami says Muddy Paws is one of five cheesecake bakeries in the nation that crafts cheesecake from scratch, artisan style, just like you’d make at home. She describes the process and results as “kind of like being an artist or musician, making a product you feel passionate about.”
The unique name comes from Tami’s four years of veterinary school and love of animals through rescues. Muddy Paws is very active in volunteering, as Tami donates all proceeds to charities. And this Tuesday, Dec. 2, with a donation of a toy or pet food, you can sample some cheesecake while you are helping local charities. Muddy Paws will host the 22nd annual event, which will include live music, a photo booth, local crafts for sale and of course cheesecake!