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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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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


It’s Spooky Treat Time! I have been busy filling the freezer at @solar_return with Halloween magic that is healthy and delicious! πŸ•ΈπŸ‚πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈπŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈπŸ‚πŸ•Έ . These #rawvegan ice cream pops are sweetened with dates, which means no sugar spike and crash! . If you’re in Southern California, me a call at the shop to place an order for next week’s celebrations... or send us an email at! πŸ”œπŸ­πŸŒˆ


PUNCH IT, CHEWIE! This is the second cake I made for @chandracavanaugh’s beautiful twins on their birthday. So exciting to honor one of my favorite Star Wars characters in #rawvegancheesecake! πŸŽ‚ If you have a celebration or Halloween party coming up that you would like to remember forever, send us an email at! I love making unique cakes that are 100% organic, healthy, and delicious! πŸš€


Honored to once again make a birthday #rawvegancheesecake for my dear friend @lilypiperfaye! And so pleased that today is becoming a celebration of Indigenous People... human consciousness is constantly evolving into a perfect blossoming lotus of compassion! πŸ’—


I AM GROOT 🌱🌌 🌈 It was so fun to take on this challenging cake and watch as Baby Groot took shape! No easy way to make that wood grain texture, just a couple hours with a toothpick and several squeeze bottles of #rawvegancheesecake! Many thanks to the kind local mama @chandracavanaugh who was dedicated to serving up healthy cake for this special birthday celebration!


THE RAINBOW REALM ☯️🌈 This was the scene at @solar_return as I hustled to stock the shop with cakes before leaving on a desert recharge journey with my beloved family! It has been an inspiring trip, but can’t wait to get back to the studio where plant based rainbows are always flowing. October is going to be so fun! πŸŒœπŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’€πŸ¦‡πŸŽƒ


A sweet wedding cake I made for a ceremony that took place at Burning Man this year! Always touched by the love Emperor penguins show for their little ones; it was easy to make this a special one! πŸŒˆπŸ’—πŸ§


ASCENSION πŸ™πŸ»βš‘οΈπŸˆ life at the shop’s been so cray, sometimes I only get a chance to snap a brief memory of these spirit cakes before they fly away to be devoured by the great ones! This strawberry stonefruit #rawvegancheesecake was for one of @nitsacitrine’s nearest and dearest regal queens...πŸ‘ΈπŸΌ


Honored to make this MerKaBa strawberry peach #rawvegancheesecake for @freedominguez’ birthday celebration! Free played a huge role in getting my work into a lot of new places and encouraging me to earn a living making cake! She’s also a very gifted musician and chef, so it was easy to imagine her appearing as a glowing star of divine feminine light! πŸ”―πŸ§žβ€β™€οΈπŸ’–


Hi! Can I share the deliciousness of rainbow hearts with you? πŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™ These were for @mgracejewelry (who also took this picture) and @jess__bianchi, who shared them with beloved family @jmaumau and their beautiful babies! Pictured are Strawberry Rose, Matcha, Lemon Lavender Passionfruit, Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Ginger. Love when my talented friends come to visit and enjoy cake! Wearing one of my favorite shirts from @scoutla and forever bespectacled by @oldfocals!


Loved making this #rawvegancheesecake for the birthday celebration of one of our favorite new friends of @solar_return! So grateful for the continued support of this groovy art-to-eat-and-wear experiment that @prismofthreads and I have been honored to dream up in Echo Park! πŸ˜΄πŸ’­πŸŒˆπŸ§žβ€β™€οΈπŸ°βœ¨


BLASTING THRU BOUNDARIES ⚑️⚑️⚑️ Not that long ago, I had a fairly rigid sense of what I could do with a cake; a process that I was comfortable with in a place that I knew well. These past three months at @solar_return have changed all that and much more! Never have I worked so hard, for so many hours of each day, and seen so much change in the realm of possibility. All my expectations have been vaporized, leaving behind new surprises as the cloud of conclusions disappears! So when a sweet local mama asked me to make my first superhero cake I was happy to try. A lot of fun for me, and a lot of joy for a Flash loving little boy! Not to mention a super healthy, low glycemic, organic treat that would make a great breakfast or snack (if there were any leftovers!). Things are changing fast and it’s a heckuva ride! πŸš€


Farewell, Leo Season! 😒🦁 I made an epic amount of horoscope cakes for the kitties of August... This one for @hismajestyjudahisvaran was one of my favorites! Thanks to @carowar for making the connection; it is so fun to see this cake thing reach all over the world and touch many lives in the process!


CAT LOVERS 4EVER Celebrating 8 years of marriage, and 12 years of love! So glad I found the crazy cat person of my dreams, @prismofthreads! This was our first Halloween as a married couple, with me in a dress and Tracy in a moustache... πŸ¦πŸ’–πŸ―


This Lemon Lavender Blackberry #rawvegancheesecake was made for @_melbolton’s birthday celebration! And I was inspired by my pal @kim_krans’ mystical artwork when I created the design on top! πŸ§™πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ₯¨πŸŒˆ


Big thanks to @linalecaro for the sweet mention in this month’s @laweekly! Happy to represent a healthy, wholesome rainbow in a world of donuts and grilled cheese! 🍩πŸ₯ͺ🌈 #neverartificial #nontoxicliving #allnatural #organic


Honored to make this great big 12” Chocolate Raspberry #rawvegancheesecake for @crone_up on her son @kanyewesd’s college graduation! . Melissa was really fun to work with through a long process of envisioning this spread which included dozens of my bite sized cakes as well. . The design is inspired by her thoughts on cycles of life and β€œturtle time,” which is why it ended up looking like an entheogenically charged tortoise shell! γ€°οΈβ³πŸ•°πŸ’πŸ„πŸ˜‹γ€°οΈGlad to be a part of this special milestone for her family!


This Lavender Lemon Blueberry #rawvegancheesecake was made for @solar_return, based on the #floweroflife and light being refracted into six rainbow colors! It was adopted by Alison of @weareendpain, who gave it a good home until it was destroyed and devoured for @erincastellino’s birthday celebration...😏πŸ”ͺπŸ°πŸ˜‹Love sharing my work with our growing community of cake enthusiasts! 🌸