With all the healthy vegan restaurants out there as well as everyone’s local favorites, outings for meals have become so much easier for vegans. We no longer have to ask for special dishes and fret about whether or not animal products are lurking around in our plates. Need more good news? Veganism has spread to the confectionery realm as well. Who cares about cavities so long as one can get the sugar dose in their tummy, right?
In no particular order, here is an international list of vegan bakeries that you won’t mind losing a tooth (or few) over:
Amazing American Bakeries
This restaurant was opened by Erin McKenna in 2005, who is a self-taught gluten-free and vegan baker. One year later, her cupcakes were named the best in New York. Today, there are three locations across the U.S. – New York, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Their products include donuts, five types of cupcakes and cakes, four varieties of cookies, frosting shots, cupcake tops, three types of muffins, brownies, tea cakes, biscuits, scones, sugar buns, and more.
Babycakes has even been recommended by vegan Anne Hathaway in Life & Style Magazine as well as by Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka in Teen Vogue. Want to read more accolades they have received? Just check out their Press section. They also deliver and do wedding catering.
The bakery even has its own fun iPad/iPhone app which can be downloaded from the Babycakes NYC App page.
2. Dulce Vegan Bakery and Café
This bakery and cafe in Atlanta, Ga., makes five regular cake flavors and 13 specialty cake flavors, cupcakes, and cookies for all occasions including random dessert cravings, as well as coffee, espresso drinks, and teas. In case you want a flavor that is not on their website, just request it and they will make it for you! DV also caters for birthdays, baby showers, office meetings, business lunches, provide “box lunches, cookie platters, assorted bagels with all the fixins, dessert trays” according to their orders page and takes wedding cake orders. Not enough for a bakery to be doing? They also have a retail store whose menu makes seasonal soups, sandwiches, salads, coffee, and tea, as well as wholesale and provide for other restaurants and cafes. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to know their daily specials and seasonal items!
3. Sticky Fingers
Planning to visit the President? Visit this two-time winner of “Cupcake Wars” instead. Having its roots in 1999 in Doron Petersan’s kitchen, she first taste-tested on friends and family before moving to a small basement store front in D.C. When Kirsten Rosenberg tried Doron’s creations, the two joined together to expand and won a number of accolades and awards as well as a chain of stores in Seoul, South Korea. Doron went on to head the bakery herself after Kirsten left to pursue the job of a singer in the band The Iron Maidens.
The Sticky Fingers menu boasts 20 cake flavors, 12 cupcake flavors, cookies, pastries, brunch items, snacks, salads, shakes, coffees, burgers and more. They also take wedding cake orders, cater, make food to go, and have wholesale locations at these places.
4. Pattycake Bakery
First thing first is to mention here that PattyCake ships to anywhere in the U.S.
Back in 2003, Jennie Scheinbach and her partner Seth were at their local coffee house as fresh vegans and she shared her thoughts with him on how she wished there were more food items for vegans than bagels, and so the idea for a bakery was born with help from more people who insisted that she open her own place. After supplying the Clintonville Community Market with a few varieties of cookies baked at home and getting tremendous feedback from the cashiers there as well as after supplying to a number of places including the coffee shop, she decided to go commercial and did so in May of 2005. On May 1, 2013, they became a worker – owned cooperative.
Now, we come to their menu items. Pattycake Bakery has 20 types of cookies, four varieties of cupcakes, five types of muffins, five whoopie pie varieties, brownies with your choice of toppings, three varieties of granola and gluten-free, soy-free, whole grain, whole grain, and wheat-free options. They also have package options where you can buy mixed packages of items, and holiday menus for Valentine’s Day and during the month of December. To find out other places where Pattycake goodies can be purchased and how they are trying to stay green and sustainable, follow this link to their FAQ page.
5. Vegan Treats
Vegan Treats founder Danielle Konya started in 1998 with her chocolate peanut butter mousse bomb cake and since then she has gone on to boast a menu of items today such as 36 varieties of cheesecake, 22 varieties of vanilla bean cakes, 24 varieties of chocolate cake, 16 types of doughnuts, 20 types of cookies, 15 types of brownies, pies, petit fours, sheet cakes, French pastries, whoopie pies, cake truffles, soft serves, and a variety of other cakes. Drooling already? They also cater, create wedding cakes, and provide take out.
Vegan Treats has been featured on My Fox Philly, NBC 10, Fox News, CBS, and Supreme Master Television as well as in magazines and newspapers like Daily Candy, Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, The Washington Post, and The New York Post. Check out their latest menu to view their items. Check out their main store at Bethlehem, Pa., or check this map to find a location on the East Coast.
Incredible International Bakeries
6. Sophie Sucrée
With a fairly recent store-front bakery that was opened to the public on July 11, 2013, owner Miléne Laoun whose grandmother’s name is Sophie, caters to the growing demand for vegan desserts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The new bakeshop, according to the website, “will hold workshops and events such as high tea, and gourmet brunches. The shop will offer a variety of locally produced treats including such things as artisanal ice cream prepared by local vegan catering company Sel Noir.”
The bakery also promotes and supports local artisanal products in the Montreal locality.
The first five items listed on their website are brownies with caramel and salted candied hazelnuts, five spice and cinnamon sticky buns, blueberry caramel streusel tarts, date delights, and scones. They also have two types of shortbread, artisanal ice creams, two varieties of chocolate squares and a variety of cakes. Custom cakes and consultations for any occasion can be requested and judging by their gallery of these cakes, you won’t want to reconsider. Lufa Farms, which built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse, is now offering Sophie Sucrée products online.
7. Rise Above
This bakery serves as Niagara’s only vegan restaurant and vegan bakery as well as the first in our list that has both. Kyle W. Paton started this restaurant and bakery.
Their menu of desserts has four squares varieties, three types of cookies, cheesecake, four types of sundaes, and multiple cake flavors that can be ordered depending on the availability for the day.
Ownership has passed on from Mr. Paton – due to personal issues he could not continue running the bakery — to Brian Gasbarini who worked as one of the restaurant’s servers since the very beginning and Kelsey Cheslock. As of March 1, 2014, Rise Above hired Katie Job of Garddwest-Urban Agriculture as a part-time food grower so that they would be able to grow and serve a majority of their own produce.
8. Bernds Welt
Baker Bernd Hartner started this bakery in 1999 in Hollabrunn, Austria, which when translated means “Bernd’s World.” Wanting to bring good vegetable baked sweet goods to more conscious consumers who are often caught between their bodies and the environment, Mr. Hartner decided to veganize popular desserts.
In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, Bernds uses biologically grown, cold-pressed sunflower oil from regional farmers in addition to pumpkin seeds, poppies, hazelnuts, wheat, spelt, and barley from local growers.
Bernds Welt carries products such as walnut and poppy strudel, marble ring cake, Vienna coffee cake, striezel, flaky spitz (crown) pastry, three types of Danish pastries, and nut roll (or nut-snail as the pastry looks like the shell of a snail), and 11 varieties of bread. Since it is carnival time in the country, Bernds is carrying an item known as Faschingskrapfen, which is a like a doughnut without the hole and filled with apricot jam and topped with powdered sugar. Drooling again now are we?
(Tobias Sammet and Julia Ziolkowski helped with the translation for this section from the Bernds Welt website.)
9. Vegan Folie’s
This French bakery in Mouffetard, Paris, was opened on Dec. 15, 2011 and was the first 100 percent planet-based boutique in France. The name literally translated means “Vegan Madness.” Madness indeed as they carry “James Brownies,” “Joe Cookies,” cheesecakes, and six types of conventional cupcakes with hilarious names like “Choc Norris,” “Bunny Tyler,” “Austin Flower,” and “John Lemon,” and carry one special cupcake a day. Check their day’s specials from this blog link. On request, they even make Indian, Italian, and Lebanese varieties.
Folie’s was featured in a number of magazines, and most recently in Elle’s French edition. They also engage in BIOFA: they use ecological paint without solvent, ENERCOOP: they provide 100 percent renewable electricity sources (photovoltaic, hydraulic, agricultural biogas and wind), SONETT: usage of maintenance products from Bio and the Vegan Society, and Emballages: they refuse plastic bags and reuse boxes returned by their customers. Their suppliers include A Vegan World: a pioneering vegan company who make accessible a number of vegan products and Jean Herve: Organic dry fruit company, engaged in the establishment of schools in Haiti. Check this page for further information on how they are keeping as green as they possibly can!
Ever since being told by her dad to “stop giving and start selling your pastries,” owner Delcie decided to stop giving her baked Pineapple Tarts and Christmas Fruitcakes to friends and family. After winning first prize in Prima Deli’s Horoscope Cake Design Competition, Delcie’s cake designs were sold in all Prima Deli’s retail outlets in 2005. In 2008, she gave up her loved day job as an art director to bake, and began with only one oven and a cake mixer founding “Delcie’s – Dessert in Cups” in Bishan. She had only one product at the time: Cheese Mousse desserts in cups.
Interestingly, Delcie’s did not start out as a vegan bakery. No bakeries in the region had any vegan products at the time and she decided to test her own recipes with help from customers. In January 2010, she removed all products containing eggs and dairy and reformed the entire menu. One year later, a diabetic-friendly cake menu was launched, followed by a gluten-free cake menu in January 2012 and in January the next year a Delcie’s outlet at the Fortune Centre was opened.
The regular vegan menu has 13 types of cakes, cupcakes, muffins, teacake, the original dessert mousse, and a brownie. There are 11 items from the regular menu that can be made diabetic-friendly, ten gluten-free, and six baby-friendly. Delcie’s was awarded the “Healthier Choice Bakery” for two consecutive years by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB).
11. The Green Stove
With India’s obsession with dairy, here is one bakery you won’t want to miss in Mumbai, Maharashtra, which was founded by Ritika Ramesh in February of 2010.
After watching a documentary that was screened by the Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature (Sharan), she decided to turn vegan and launched her bakery to prove that vegan food could be fun.
The Green Stove has two product lines: Dough-Ray-Me and Animal Treats. The former makes a number of cakes and cupcakes, 15 types of cookies of which eight varieties are available with unrefined sugar/jiggery (brown sugar), eight types of breads, three types of “no-cheese cheesecakes and mousse”, 17 types of chocolate, cheesy vegan spread, and two types of “Dessert in A Jar”. This bakery also makes wedding cakes. The Animal Treats are available in three flavors, and guess what? They also make vegan dog birthday cakes!
Carrots is the first 100 percent vegan restaurant and store in Bengaluru and in the state of Karnataka, India, and is serving as the second restaurant plus bakery on our list. It was started by Krishna Shastry and his German partner Krsna, to bring the relatively unknown vegan lifestyle to the public. Their main chefs are Singraj Gurung and Ram Khatiwada. They are non-MSG, do not use artificial flavors or coloring, and support organic farming.
According to their website, their vegan bakery sells eight types of breads including pita and pizza bases, seven types of cookies in which you can choose the type of sweetener used (white sugar, jiggery, dates and raisins), eight varieties of cream cakes with your choice of creams (commercial non-dairy whipped cream or homemade coconut cream) as well as the choice of either whole wheat or soy flour.
The gluten-free cakes are of five varieties, muffins of eight varieties with the choice of toppings (roasted almonds, cashews, coconut, carrot or plain raisins, and choice of sweeteners mentioned above. Okay, a breath here. Carrying on. Chocolate-coconut butter ice cream, six varieties of Panna Cottas, four types of dry fruit confections, dry fruit cake with the choice of either tahini-chocolate or cashew butter, four types of chocolate mousse with almonds, six varieties of tarts, and six types of sugar-free puddings. Phew!
13. Viva Cupcakes
Down south, we come to Sydney Australia, to a vegan cupcakes store that was launched in 2008, as the first online vegan cupcakes store. After taking part in Living Planet Vegan Expo Festivals, their business took off and they now sell through many outlets across the city. They do delivery and pick-up at specific times and places and take orders as well. Their cupcake flavors are of 27 varieties, and their themed cupcakes are of 23 types, and can be further customized with flavors, design, and decorations. Check out their custom cakes gallery. With seven types of customizable cakes well, what more could you want? More you say? You can even choose five ways to package your cake or cupcakes! Requests can be made to make cakes without gluten and almond essence, for those with nut allergies.
14. Cupcake Berlin
Germany’s first ever cupcake shop has been running since April 2007 and was started by Dawn Nelson and Daniel Bader. Cupcake Berlin makes cupcakes for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, thank you gifts, office events, anniversaries, concerts, and caters as well. Name an occasion and they will make a cupcake for it. They have even been featured in articles, blogs, videos, and more.
Their menu boasts 12 cupcake flavors, four varieties of Specialty Cupcakes that can be customized, New York Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Banana Bread, and two vegan brownie types. They also carry bagels, beans on toast, coffee, and chai as well as gluten-free options.
15. The Vegan Cakery
Say hello to a bakery that is registered by The Vegan Society and was named “Best Vegan Company” at the U.K. Vegan Awards 2013. What is great about this bakery is that since 2013 this bakery has been selecting a “Charity of the Month” to receive a percentage of all sales for that month. Throughout 2014, Baklava-flavored cupcakes are being sold for and to raise awareness for the Greek Animal Welfare Fund.
The bakery is located in Leicester, U.K. and was established in June 2012 by Michelle with the help of her husband Marc. Frustrated with other food outlets regarding quality and availability of vegan food led to the Michelle’s desire to showcase that vegan food can be tasty. This non-profit bakery has been met with a loyal customer base many of whom are not even vegan! There are four categories of vegan desserts on their website: Cupcakes, Large Cakes, Occasion, and Treats. That’s 15 pages worth of menu items to drool over, and apparently they are going to add even more! The Vegan Cakery delivers within a five mile radius, and caters for corporate events, weddings, and other special occasions. Many of their products also have soy-free and very low gluten options. Oh yes, and their cake of the month is the Battenberg.
16. Ms. Cupcake
Originally from Canada, Ms. Cupcake moved to the U.K. and launched a small business from her home in 2010 selling vegan cakes around the markets of London. London’s first completely vegan retail bakery was opened in April 2011 and Ms. Cupcake was named the “Baking Industry Awards Rising Star of 2011 in September. Although they started out as a cupcake bakery, Ms. Cupcake now make cookies, squares, layer cakes, muffins, sandwiches and more. Unfortunately, one cannot see the list of items they carry specifically. To place an order, follow this link and then select the type of Cupcake/Cake or Bakery Item you would like and then choose the size. The cakes and cupcakes are all available only in London, but the bakery items can be sent through Royal Mail.
Image source: Vegan Blueberry Vanilla and White Chocolate Cupcake