Posts Tagged ‘vegan bakery’

Liberation Bakery

October 15, 2017

If you want a healthier dessert option, Liberation Bakery offers gluten-free, paleo, raw, and vegan desserts. I see them every Sunday at the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market, and last weekend I decided to give them a try (even though I am not the kind of person to seek out a healthier dessert option).

They have everything from vegan “cheesecake,” to raw chocolate, to gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookies. Not my usual cup of tea, but I got a small sampling.

On the left is a coconut truffle, with a layer of pretty intense chocolate. The middle bite is a coconut bliss ball – my favorite of the three. On the right is a peanut butter cup, which could have used a little more sugar (natural of course). If you’re in the mood to be healthy, don’t read this blog. But do get treats from Liberation Bakery.

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Sugar Plum

November 2, 2015

In “my” little stretch of Capitol Hill – 15th Ave E – there are now multiple places to buy (non-chain) freshly baked goods (Bakery Nouveau, Wandering Goose, and Ada’s are my favorites) including recently-opened Sugar Plum. Sugar Plum, part of the Plum restaurant collection, specializes in vegan desserts along with some gluten-free options. The interior is super cute but is strictly a take-away establishment:

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The baking is done offsite but you can tell a lot of care goes into their work. The girl at the counter was friendly and patient as I took my time choosing – I was hoping they made their own ice cream but when I learned it was just Coconut Bliss I opted for an Oreo brownie and a pumpkin mini-pie. The brownie was okay but the pumpkin pie was a winner:

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It had a nutty (albeit non-buttery) streusel topping and the filling was rich and flavorful without the baby food puree texture so many store-bought pies seem to have. The crust was fine for being of the non-butter variety, and I loved the cute addition of the chocolate leaf and little paper squirrel!

 

Violet Sweet Shop

May 9, 2013

My weekend “chores” included checking out the new Violet Sweet Shop over by Laurelhearst, newly opened on 45th. The bakery is all-vegan (which is why I counted it as a chore rather than a pleasure) and I tried hard not to be prejudiced, especially since it was so darn cute inside:

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The people working there were also super friendly, so I really wanted to like them. The problem was despite the cuteness, and the friendliness, the desserts were still vegan.  And it’s hard to make a very good cupcake, shortbread, or mousse without eggs, butter, or cream.  But they tried. Everthing did LOOK good, and I ended up getting a couple items including a peanut butter mousse dessert cup and a lemon cupcake (I couldn’t bear the thought of a shortbread cookie made without butter, so I had to pass on that one):

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Predicably, I was disappointed with both. The texture of the peanut butter cup was watery and didn’t hold together. The lemon cupcake tasted more like a muffin than a cake and the “frosting” was, again, watery. Maybe if you’re a vegan your tastebuds adjust, but frankly, I need my butter and eggs.