If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping party cake, look no further than ByClio Bakery. Brooklyn-based chef and CEO Clio Goodman hails from the Union Square Cafe’s pastry kitchen, bringing her experience from there and a smattering of creativity to her own operation.
Ten years ago, Goodman ventured out on her own for the first time and opened Puddin’ By Clio, working there for two years and eventually closing it. But during the pandemic in 2020, Goodman revived Puddin’ By Clio.
“After being closed for six years, I was still getting calls from people looking for it and wanting to order pudding,” Goodman explained.
Goodman began selling puddings and frozen puddings, however, obtaining a license to wholesale frozen goods proved costly, so she shifted gears and focused on baking cakes , cookies and other pastries, renaming the business as ByClio Bakery.
ByClio Bakery now offers Instagram baking porn of which dreams are made. Scroll through some of Goodman’s most popular baked goods, including Mole Brownie, Fresh Fennel Currant Cake, Coconut Cake, and Greek Yogurt Bay Leaf Cake. Goodman says her personal favorites include the tandoori masala cookie, pink lemonade cake and cherry sumac cookie. She also creates personalized birthday cakes.
“My flavors are global. They reflect the places I’ve been, the friends I’ve made, and the flavors that inspire me,” says Goodman. “During my career and my travels, I’ve worked as a recipe developer, and any recipes that customers didn’t want, I usually kept,” Goodman continues. “I also had a collection of recipes that I’ve made over the years for myself but have never been able to share.”
Locals may have tasted some of Goodman’s before as she works with local businesses including Edith’s and sold her baked goods at McGolrick Park’s Down To Earth Farmer’s Market. Goodman is also creating a dessert for a high-end local barbecue Fette Sau.
Last weekend, Goodman began her residency at 15 Essex Street in Manhattan where she will work for the next six months, working with Sommwhere Group, a company that rents space for pop-ups and events.
Even with the Manhattan location, Goodman says she still has many customers in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and continues to make deliveries to Brooklyn.