Meet the ‘Cake Mule’: NJ chef pivots to healthier desserts amid pandemic

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NEW JERSEY — When NYC restaurants closed up shop amid the pandemic, gourmet chef Lisa Rutigliano was forced to make a pivot.

The cook ended up swapping savory for sweet and started making in-demand cakes and desserts, but they’re healthier.

Rutigliano, now known as the “Cake Mule,” and her sister teamed up to “mule” her vegan and gluten-free cakes and sweets across New Jersey.

Check out her creations on the Cake Mule Instagram and place an order on

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