“Can vegans get fat?” I am asked. Oh yes, yes they can.
I love cake. I love chocolate and all things to do with dessert. When I first went vegan, dessert at restaurants and cafes was hard to find. Not anymore! Gone are the days when sorbet was the only option on the dessert menu. The UK is full of delicious, decadent cakes and treats just waiting to be eaten by all the sweet-toothed vegans out here. From cupcakes to cheesecakes & flapjacks to freak shakes here are my top 10 vegan cakes to try in the United Kingdom.
10. Chocolate Crunch at Wayland’s Yard, Worcester
In 10th place is the Chocolate Crunch from Wayland’s Yard in Worcester. Wayland’s Yard is hipster. Their slogan is ‘proper coffee. proper food’. They live up to this expectation and may even exceed it. We recently visited their Worcester branch and tried the vegan brunch and their chocolate crunch. The chocolate crunch was very tasty. Crispy biscuits covered in chocolate and there was a hidden cherry lurking inside the bake. An excellent finish to our brunch. We also tried the dark hot chocolate with coconut milk and it was so creamy and very rich in flavour.
Chocolate Crunch £3.50
9. Christmas cupcake at Ms Cupcake, London
Tis the season for decadent vegan cupcakes! In 9th place is this cupcake from Ms Cupcake in Brixton, London. The topping was a little bit too minty for my taste but the cake itself was incredible! Everything at Ms Cupcake is vegan. Ms Cupcake serves a huge variety of cupcakes as well as huge cakes. Their tagline is “The naughtiest vegan cakes around” Also how pretty is this cupcake? Almost too good to eat.
Christmas Cupcake £3
8. Sticky Toffee Pudding at The Warehouse café, Birmingham
In 8th place is the Sticky Toffee Pudding in Birmingham. The Warehouse café has an incredible vegan Sunday roast to try including vegan yorkshire puddings! Make sure you leave room for the huge brownie or the stodgy sticky toffee pudding. It’s great that vegans no longer have to miss out on English classics! The Sticky Toffee Pudding is very sweet and filling. It is a tad denser than you would expect but it’s great to share after your huge Sunday roast.
Sticky Toffee Pudding £4.50
7. Pecan Brownie at Fig + Sparrow, Manchester
We stood in the queue as we were impatiently waiting for the lanky gentlemen in front to choose a cake. A lady from behind us chipped in and said that the pecan brownie was good. I impulsively yelped ‘No please don’t. I would like to try the pecan brownie!’ Or something slightly less eloquent than that. There was only one brownie left and it had my name on it. The young waitress smiled and said there was still another box full of the pecan brownies. Relieved and the gentlemen finally choose a cake, which was not the brownie, I tried my pecan brownie. It was not too stodgy nor too fluffy. It was nutty and chocolately. It deserves a place in the top 10.
Pecan Brownie £3
6. Chocolate and Orange Flapjack at East Village Café, Bristol
Whilst the photo below is only of half the flapjack, sorry it was so yummy, you can see the tasty chocolate and orange flapjack available at East Village Café in Bristol. This vegetarian café has many vegan and gluten-free options for mains as well as for dessert. “Healthy and plant-based food that tastes amazing and makes you feel great too.” is East Village Café’s ethos. We had a wonderful healthy brunch there, consisting of savoury waffles and peanut Thai soup followed by a few cakes for dessert. The millionaire’s shortbread made from dates was good but the chocolate and orange flapjack was the best. The perfect hint of orange and dark chocolate combined perfectly to create probably one of the best vegan flapjacks I have ever had.
Chocolate and Orange Flapjack £3
5. Chocolate Brownie Sundae at Greens café, Grasmere
In 5th position is a wonderful ice cream sundae in the Lake District. Any trip to the Lake District involves plenty of exercise whether you are hiking, kayaking, climbing or just rambling around the lakes. Therefore treat yourself to a huge brownie or chocolate ice cream brownie sundae. The brownie sundae has hot pieces of brownie buried under cool dairy-free ice cream and is topped with fresh strawberries. What else do you want after a day of hiking? If you manage to catch a sunny day sit outside and enjoy these spectacularly delicious desserts. You deserve it after all of that exercise! They also do yummy homemade lemonade to sip on during your meal. Greens Grasmere is proud to be the only café in Grasmere to cater for vegan and vegetarians so go and support them.
Chocolate Brownie Sundae £5.95
4. Chocolate Peanut Pie at 33s, Birmingham
4th place goes to our local vegan cafe. 3 Threes in Birmingham is an all vegan café serving amazing paninis, bagels, hot dogs, coffees, milkshakes and of course cakes. Having made my way through most of the cakes on offer… I believe the best cake is the peanut slice. It is so peanutty and chocolatey. I also love the carrot cake, the cookies, the cupcakes, the flapjacks and the chocolate orange cake is also amazing. 3 Threes is just great. There are also board games to play on and workshops are held throughout the year. It’s a great café shop to bring your laptop to, crack on with some work whilst you nibble away on yummy cakes throughout the day.
Chocolate Peanut Pie £2.80
3. Cookie Sandwich at Cookies and Scream, London
Cookies and Scream’s Cookie Sandwich made it onto our top 3. Cookies and Scream is our favourite bakery in London. Situated on the Holloway Road in Islington, London it is a great place to unwind and try everything on offer! Cookies and Scream is an entirely vegan and gluten-free bakery and bakes a variety of cookies, doughnuts and brownies, as well as produces incredibly decadent dairy-free milkshakes. It was hard to choose our favourite but the cake that made our top 10 list is the cookie sandwich. One cookie was the ginger ninja and the other was the double chocolate served with delicious vegan vanilla ice cream. Oh and the chocolate brownie next to the sandwich, full of gooey marshmallow, wasn’t bad either. f Visit Cookie & Scream with a large appetite.
Cookie Sandwich £3
2. Monster Vego Shake at VX Vegan, Bristol
In 2nd place is the instagrammable Monster Vego Shake at VX Vegan in Bristol. “A cruelty-free vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring” says VX Vegan and this chain produces a huge array of vegan junk food. Whilst we were not overly impressed by the burger the monster shake made up for it! The Monster Vego Shake is a milkshake full of chocolate and soya milk, topped with dairy-free ice cream, a vegan doughnut and a lathering of chocolate sauce. If you’ve been missing whipped cream since becoming vegan let your taste buds go wild as the cream forms a mountain of snow at the top of shake. Hungry yet? Possibly the most instagrammable item on our cake list it is breathtakingly beautiful and even better to consume. VX Vegan is in Bedminster, Bristol and the area is full of great street art. This epic shake was pushed off just pushed off the top spot by a cake from further North. A cake from Scotland.
Vego Monster Shake £6
1. Chocolate Peanut Cake at Holy Cow, Edinburgh
The top spot of our best cakes in the UK goes to the Chocolate Peanut Cake at Holy Cow in the Scottish Capital! Holy Cow was my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. Their pulled jackfruit burger was out of this world. Whilst I did not have room for dessert on my first visit, I made sure I did on my second as I already had my eye of one of their deserts: the peanut chocolate cake. The peanut chocolate cake was covered in hot chocolate sauce. It arrived and lived up to my very high expectations. It was fluffy, it was chocolatey and it was peanutty. This cake was absolutely delicious. I could not have finished this by myself but it was great to share. Afterwards, we walked up to Salisbury Crags, therefore, it was much-required fuel for our hike. Holy Cow is a wonderful little café in the New Town in Edinburgh very close to the main bus station. Make sure you make time to visit during any visit to the Scottish capital.
£3.90 Chocolate Peanut Cake
Hope you enjoyed reading the top 10 vegan cakes in the UK. Which one would you most like to try?