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Stephen McCarty

Plant based since 1995! Co-Creator and Chef/Owner of @solar_return πŸŽ‚πŸŒˆ βœ‰οΈ

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The Artist’s Hand βœ‹πŸ»πŸŒˆ My first memory of wanting to be an artist was watching my older brother draw a rainbow. His crayon spectrum was so vibrant; I can still smell the wax when I think of it now! Later, at art school in Washington, DC, I was frustrated that I could not be more intimate with traditional art materials without risk of absorbing some toxic poison through my skin or lungs. I wanted to be able to curl up into bed with my work, like Jimi Hendrix or Jerry Garcia used to sleep with their guitars! 😴🎸🎢 So grateful to have developed this organic plant based β€œpaint,” which I can wear without fear and then offer to my friends and family as a yummy treat! The fact that superfoods like turmeric, Goji berries, and spirulina offer the most beautiful color just affirm for me that this was β€œmeant to be.” πŸ’–βœ¨ Lots of colorful cakes are always being born at the rainbow shrine @solar_return that I opened this year with my beloved partner @prismofthreads! Come visit us this month for a full spectrum of treats, toys, and gifts for everyone on your list! βœ…πŸŽ…πŸ½πŸŽ„


This weekend I will be at @echoparkcraftfair, sharing handmade desserts from our shop @solar_return! Look for us next to our favorite coffee friends @canyoncoffee! We created a special @plantplantplanet inspired activated coconut charcoal vanilla ice cream pop to celebrate community and this beautiful craft fair! Ice Cream Pop Menu 〰️ peppermint 〰️ strawberry rose 〰️ cold brew mocha, featuring Canyon Coffee Limu Kosa 〰️ lemon ginger cayenne Celestial Kiss Cheesecake 〰️ strawberry rose w/vanilla crust, Moroccan rosebuds + farmers market berries 〰️ lavender blueberry w/cacao crust, English lavender + wild blueberries As always, 100% organic, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and refined sugar free! β˜•οΈπŸŽ„πŸŽ‚πŸŽ„β˜•οΈ


A special first birthday Lemon Lavender Blueberry #rawvegancheesecake! Some cosmic bear and Peter Max requests were made for this creation; definitely one of my faves of 2018! πŸ»πŸ’«πŸŒ…


Happy Hannukah! Kicking off the holiday season at our cosmic dessert emporium @solar_return today with special Lavender Vanilla Rose #rawvegan ice cream pops and Chocolate Peanut Butter Dreidel cheesecakes! Honored to serve all beings as we celebrate love and light together! πŸ•―πŸ’—πŸŒˆ


THE CAKE MENAGERIE πŸ¦„πŸ¦‹πŸ πŸŒΈπŸ„πŸŒˆπŸ‘ You may have noticed fewer big #rawvegancheesecake creations showing up on my feed... because my time has been taken up keeping plenty of these little cakes in stock at @solar_return! πŸ§™πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’•πŸŽ‚πŸŒ› Big cakes are still available for custom orders, or come in to grab a box of bites sometime this holiday season! Send us an email at to secure your dream desserts!


DEAD CAN DANCE πŸ’€πŸ•ΊπŸΏπŸ’ƒπŸΏ A fun romp through the graveyard to make this coconut caramel cacao #rawvegancheesecake for @lindsayfishkin’s special celebration! Thanks to Thomas Laird for his decade of work in remote regions of Tibet to document incredible murals like the one that inspired this cake. Tibetan Buddhism is eternally divine and magical...OM! πŸ™πŸ»


CRYSTAL FEAST! πŸ’ŽπŸ§™πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ° It was a dream come true to share my #rawvegancheesecake crystal creations at @solar_return today. Thanks to @sacredfem for bringing her magic to our shop and @prismofthreads for inspiring me to manifest these mineral miracles!


Snake In A Box! πŸ“¦πŸπŸŒˆ Loved making this Banana Chocolate #rawvegancheesecake for @canyonandthemoon and her sweet little snake loving dude!


A peaceful tropical sunset for the solar return of @jamiejonesmusic! πŸŒ΄πŸŒ…πŸŒ΄ For this #rawvegancheesecake I used the deep purple of wild blueberries to create the silhouettes of Jamie’s beloved palm trees and the beach they love to share. πŸ’œ Sending healing energy to all beings affected by wildfires in California!


A moment along the road of life to stop and smell the #rawvegancheesecake! 🌹Strawberry Rose Cacao for a special birthday celebration, picked up last week at our temple of rainbows @solar_return πŸŒˆπŸ•πŸŒˆ


The Wizard of Cake πŸ§™πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸŽ‚ Many thanks to all the parents and children who came to our first storytime event at @solar_return! My trusty apprentice Baby Lion was always by my side as I wailed, moaned, and cast a spell of spooky literacy upon the assembly of littles. We’ll be open 11-7 on Halloween for the final chapter of wholesome and delicious haunted treats this year... my beloved Cosmic Witch will be there too! 🌈🍭🦁🍭🌈


A magical moon smiles upon us this weekend at @solar_return! πŸ§›πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ€πŸŒˆπŸ‘»πŸŒˆπŸ§πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ§›πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈπŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ . This Sunday, October 28th Tracy @prismofthreads & I will be hosting a πŸ“š HALLOWEEN STORY TIME πŸ“šfrom Noon - 2pm at our shop in Echo Park, LA! . We will be reading: πŸ‘Ή Goodnight Goon 🐸 It’s Raining Bats & Frogs πŸ‘» Ghosts in the House! πŸ¦‡ There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! . Bring your little Ghouls & Goblins for stories, fun, and organic vegan cake + ice cream (treats available for sale)! . Rumor has it a magical Wizard of Cake (yours truly) will be reading these stories... πŸ§™πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ’«πŸŽ‚ #happyhalloween


πŸ‘ EYE πŸ–€ YOU πŸ‘ . Raspberry vanilla #rawvegancheesecake eyeballs! Spooky and blissfully psychedelic; I’m having too much fun here at @solar_return! I love how they look in a bakery box, just staring up at the world. Email to reserve yours for Halloween! πŸ‘€πŸ§‘πŸ‘€πŸ–€πŸ‘€πŸ§‘πŸ‘€


The Dead and Delicious... Raspberry Vanilla skulls are getting really spooky at @solar_return! Reserve your treats by email: πŸ“²πŸ’€πŸ’—


How sweet it is to be featured in the Fall issue of @sweetpaulmagazine! πŸŽƒπŸ‚ . Our dear friend @brandonharman captured Solar Return and my cake creations in a beautiful four page spread. . This is the first time we have published one of my recipes! The magazine is available at bookstores nationwide or online at! πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ³πŸ’•πŸ’»πŸ“šπŸŽ‚πŸŒˆ