On The Line: Move That Dough Baking Co. Owner Kacie Smagacz

She loves to mix it up with vegan and gluten-free treats
Charlotte Nc July 15th 2021 Kacie Smagacz Photographed In Charlotte Nc On July 15 2021. Photo By Peter Taylor

Age: 33

You might know her from: Common Market Oakwold, where she runs a pop-up bakery on weekends; and Common Market South End, Plant Joy, The Hobbyist, Green Brothers Juice Co., Press & Porter, Bart’s Mart, and Queen City Grounds, all of which sell her treats.

Family status: Mom to a 3-year-old daughter

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Currently lives: Oakwold

Currently reading: Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed for You by Jenara Nerenberg

What inspired you to launch a vegan bakery? 
I studied holistic nutrition and saw a lot of kids and adults developing allergies to wheat, soy, eggs, and dairy. I was also allergic to dairy as a kid. So I wanted to meet the needs of this growing community of people who don’t feel like they had options anywhere.

Tell me about your menu. Every week it’s different. The more I learn about the ADHD brain, the more it matters that I love what I’m doing. That’s why I change my menu every weekend. But people get mad when I don’t have cinnamon rolls or blueberry doughnuts, so I usually have those.

What’s the story behind the name Move That Dough? It started as a mobile bakery, so I wanted people to know it was a mobile concept.

Where do you bake? I rent kitchen space at Common Market Oakwold. I’ve found this concept of sharing space in bigger cities, so I’ve always approached other businesses to work together and make that happen.

Was there a steep learning curve to vegan and gluten-free baking? There are already so many substitutes for vegan recipes, but with gluten-free, it’s harder because you’re working with different proteins and fats. So it’s a lot of trial and error, and a lot of throwing ingredients away if a recipe doesn’t work out. The biggest challenge with gluten-free is getting the texture right. It’s more scientific and complicated.

Dessert for breakfast: hard no or hell, yes? Hell, yes, but I’m also a big fan of nachos for breakfast. I say do what you want when you want.

Charlotte Nc July 15th 2021 Kacie Smagacz Photographed In Charlotte Nc On July 15 2021. Photo By Peter Taylor

(Clockwise, from top) Funfetti Rainbow Cake decorated by Jessie Raye; Blueberry Lemon Doughnut; Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo by Peter Taylor.

What do you think is an underappreciated flavor? Vanilla or maple. I have a braided yeast doughnut topped with crackly vanilla glaze, and it’s probably my favorite thing on the menu.

What’s the most creative dessert you’ve made? Anything involving something savory, like a basil-and-berry doughnut. You don’t see a lot of herbs used in baked goods.

What’s your favorite thing to cook? Nachos, but I make them interesting with toppings like sauerkraut and hempé.

What’s your favorite adult beverage? I like gin because it’s made from herbs instead of corn and wheat, so a gin and tonic.    

Is there one recipe you’d still love to master? A gluten-free yeast doughnut. Like a fluffy Krispy Kreme doughnut but without gluten.

What’s the most surprising thing about you? I study human behavior, and as an ADHD adult, I’m a huge advocate for neurodivergent people. I know a lot of ADHD kids who think they can’t own a business or use their talent to make money, and I want to show them they can. That’s my heartbeat right now.

Any rules to live by in the kitchen? Slow down. People are always in a rush in the kitchen.


Chocolate or cheese? Chocolate

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Beer or wine? Beer

Cake or pie? Cake

Doughnut or muffin? Doughnut

Red velvet or funfetti? Red velvet

Crunchy topping or sweet drizzle? Crunchy topping

Ice cream or hot chocolate? Ice cream

Sugar Rush or The Great British Baking Show? The Great British Baking Show

Street eats or sit-down? Street eats

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram

Categories: Food + Drink