About Yael

I made my first bagel during my final year of law school and started baking frequently the summer I studied for the bar exam. I found it to be a wonderful form of procrastination that didn't involve leaving home (and my stack of bar exam prep books).


In November 2011, I took the plunge and left my corporate law firm job of 8 years to focus on Baked by Yael full-time. Running my own business has its challenges, but so far I don't regret it at all. Life is short and I think it's important to make the most of it. I'm passionate about my business and excited about its future.

In January 2015, Baked by Yael opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Woodley Park! Dubbed DC's first cakepoppery, our shop allows us to bring our products closer to the customer! I love being able to see our customers face to face. As a nut-free and allergy-friendly bakery, I especially love meeting our customers with allergies, some of whom had never been in a bakery before coming to Baked by Yael because their nut allergy is so severe.

I’m proud to be a job creator, employing hundreds of hardworking individuals over the past decade. I’m also proud of our efforts to be a good corporate citizen. We regularly donate to various charitable causes and we donate unsold bagels and other baked goods to Food Rescue USA.

Please check out the rest of our website and visit our online store to place your first order with Baked by Yael! Or stop into our cakepoppery located near the National Zoo in Washington, DC.