Ms. Cupcake is London’s first entirely vegan bakery, located in Brixton. They make all kinds of vegan cakes, cookies, savoury food and loads more. I was lucky enough to visit there on a trip to London with my sister. The cakes were gorgeous and tasted as good as they looked!
My sister also bought me the cookbook, The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town, two and a half years ago which I’ve used so much since then. The book is so pretty, bright, colourful, full of amazing photos and is guaranteed to make your mouth water. It has loads of recipes including cupcakes, muffins, cakes, cookies, bars and “naughtiest of them all” recipes which are mostly deep fried and dipped in sugar or chocolate!
Ms. Cupcake’s motto is “everybody deserves great cake” and the cakes really are great! They might be naughty, but they are also nice, to animals and the planet, and all the vegans who really deserve some nice cake. It’s also a great book for anyone with allergies or intolerances to dairy, eggs or even gluten (there are tips for making most of the recipes gluten free and they work out great).
Before I had this book, my attempts at vegan baking were pretty hit and miss. About half the time they turned out ok, but half the time they just didn’t work at all. I tried recipes I found online, veganising old favourite recipes of mine, but had decided vegan baking was just too much hassle or I wasn’t any good at baking! When I got the book, it was a few months before Rian’s first birthday so I thought I’d practice before then and hopefully be able to make him something half decent for his birthday. The first cake I tried was the Victoria sponge cake. I was so nervous baking it, expecting it to not rise or to burn or something else to go wrong. It worked out so well that I made another one to give to my family and we ate cake for about three days straight! Finally vegan baking that worked for me.
Not only did it work, the cakes were delicious and the recipes really simple, using ingredients that are easily available. Vegan Daddy was always surprised that I’d say I was making a cake and come back into the room five or ten minutes later saying it was in the oven. You don’t even need any special equipment like a mixer for them.
For Rian’s birthday I made the Turkish Delight cake, a chocolate and rose flavoured sponge with rose icing between the layers and chocolate and rose icing on the outside, and blobs of rose icing and Turkish Delight to decorate. I’ve always loved Turkish Delights so couldn’t wait to try them in cake form! It was Rian’s first taste of cake and might have started his love of “choc cake” which he asks me to make on a weekly basis! I also made the coconut Bounty cupcakes, lemon cheesecake cupcakes and golden syrup cupcakes which were lovely too. Some people at the party were a little scared to try vegan cake, but once they tasted it they said it was delicious and they couldn’t even tell it was vegan. Who knew that you don’t even need eggs and dairy to make cake!
Since then I have tried the vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, carrot maple nut muffins, strawberry and banana muffins (and plain banana muffins one time when I forgot to add the strawberries!), Neapolitan triple layer cake, blueberry lemon loaf cake (and have made this as a raspberry lemon cake too), banana-chocolate walnut loaf cake, caramel apple nut bars (the caramel is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted!), raspberry almond crumble squares, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles and Jaffa cakes. I did say I used the book a lot!
Everything worked out great. There was literally nothing that went wrong or didn’t taste delicious! But if I had to choose some favourites, I’d say the Turkish Delight cake, the carrot maple nut muffins (soooo good) and the Jaffa cakes, just since they were the main thing I missed since being vegan. Seriously the Jaffa cakes are good. I had spent the last few years reading the ingredients on every different brand of Jaffa cakes I could find to see if any of them were accidentally vegan, so it was great to satisfy that craving.
Now these are not things that I’d eat everyday, but I love to have a treat sometimes. I love that Rian (and Oran when he’s older) can have amazing cakes just like any other kid. Who can say vegan kids are deprived when they get cakes like these? Oran is 10 and a half months and I’m already planning the cakes I’m going to make for his birthday! I’m so glad that I’m able to make nice cakes for my family and show our family and friends that vegan cakes can be amazing. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
You can find out more about Ms. Cupcake and where to buy the book here.