We’ve been following Auburndale’s Victor and Mika’s Bakery on Facebook for a while. We don’t expect restaurants or other food service providers to have an active presence on social media – they’ve already got a tough job. But the businesses that do post consistently on social media give us a sense that they are more actively reaching out to their customers and the community. In this case, we only learned of Victor and Mika’s Bakery through Facebook and we enjoy their regular posts.
Victor and Mika’s Bakery is in the International Flea Market in Auburndale. The market itself is an experience (reminiscent of the Silver Moon Drive-In Swap Shop), though there are some produce vendors with good-looking merchandise. We’re troubled by the use of alligators for entertainment at the market, judging from Youtube videos we’ve seen the animals seem to be kept in less than ideal conditions.
None of this is Victor and Mika’s fault, however. They provide vegan baked goods – vegan cuisine seems to have really taken off this year, but as far as I know Victor and Mika’s is the only bakery in Polk County with this specialty. It’s exciting to see this kind of entrepreneurial spirit locally. (I wasn’t ready for the contrast inside the flea market so the photo above doesn’t do justice to their display…)
It was well into afternoon when we got there, and it looked like a lot of their inventory was already sold. Based on Facebook posts, it seems they replenish their inventory during the day, so I encourage you to ask if you don’t see what you’re looking for. The young woman who helped us (I’m not sure if she was Victor or Mika, or an employee) was really cheerful and clearly enthusiastic about the business.
We bought three doughnuts, a cinnamon roll, and a loaf of zucchini bread. We brought everything home to eat later. And it was all outstanding. The zucchini bread was the highlight, moist and flavorful. The cinnamon roll was also quite good. At first I wished there was a little more of the white cinnamon roll frosting, but as I ate it I decided that was actually the perfect amount. More would have made it too sweet. The doughnuts, also, were moist and delicious without being overly sweet. As far as I can recall, these are the first vegan baked goods I’ve had. I would never have been able to tell the difference if I didn’t already know they were vegan. These were every bit as good as the products from other bakeries and doughnut shops. Even after several days, the zucchini bread still tasted fresh.
Such a deal! All of that baked goodness only cost $10, a surprisingly low price for this many pastries from a specialty bakery. We felt we got a lot of value from Victor and Mika’s – friendly service, delicious (and vegan) dessert, and a great price. You certainly don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this. Victor and Mika’s Bakery is the place to go if you’re looking for delicious baked goods. They are currently in stall B58 at the International Flea Market on U.S. 92 in Auburndale. Enjoy!