Finding vegan cake in London isn’t as tricky as it used to be. At Anges de Sucre we love coming up with new ideas for our vegan cake range and since veganism is on a massive increase, we’re always excited to bring you something new.
At our London bakery, we still get asked lots of questions about vegan cake and how it’s the same or different to normal cake, and that’s fair enough.
Since we’ve been dabbling a lot with vegan recipes for our cakes recently, in this post we want to answer the top three questions we’re asked around vegan cake to help dispel some of the myths.
We really want to show you that vegan or not, the cake is still utterly yummy!
Are vegan cakes healthier than normal cake?
Vegan means no animal products, but if a cake is heavily processed, it’s still processed, vegan or not.
The main difference with a vegan cake is the lack of core ingedient eggs, but we’re sorry to tell you… just because a cake has no eggs doesn’t put it in the category of “health food"!
An average cake is a delicious treat to enjoy here and there, and we’re afraid that the vegan version is just the same. Not healthier! There may well be less saturated fat, but the sugar content is still pretty high and as we know, sugar and health aren’t really best friends.
If you’re making a vegan cake yourself, you’ve got an added advantage of knowing exactly what you’re putting in it, which helps to cut down on any nutritious nasties.
If you did want to try and cut back on the sugar, you could try substituting refined white sugar for a granulated version in the same amount. Date sugar’s a great alternative too, but add in a lesser amount as it’s really sweet.
Maple syrup is another option, but if you use it in your own vegan cake be sure to cut down the liquids in your recipe to balance things out.
If you want to bake your own vegan cake, here’s how we made a vegan lemon and pistachio cake at our London bakery - plus all the shenanigans that went along with it!
Isn’t vegan cake really dense?
When it comes to texture, vegan cake has a bad rep. Traditionally, in a normal cake, it’s the eggs that make things light and fluffy so it seems logical that without the eggs your cake will be dense.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
To make a vegan cake light in texture, start with your oven. Make sure it’s been at the temperature you need it to be for at least fifteen minutes before you put your cake mixture in. That way you can be sure that there’s an even temperature throughout the oven which will help with the rising.
Getting your tin lined and ready in advance is a good plan too. If you leave your mixture standing around while you deal with your tins, it has the chance to lose air and go flat, leading to less rising and a denser texture.
Cream margarine and sugar together with an electric whisk to capture air bubbles and when it comes to adding flour, measure it out exactly. Too much flour will contribute to a dense cake but if you sift the flour in, high in the air, that can help to capture more air. Great for light and fluffy cakes.
Whatever you do, be sure to fold not beat in the flour since overbeating will develop the gluten more, resulting in heaviness.
Does vegan cake taste any good?
Are you crazy? Yes, yes, yes! At Anges de Sucre we think vegan cake tastes incredible and that you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference between vegan and normal cake.
We deliver our vegan cake in London and across the UK and have all kinds of options for you to try.
One of our latest and tastiest additions is the vegan ice cream drip cake. We’ve frosted eggless, dairy free sponge with vegan vanilla icing and dairy-free Belgian chocolate drip, then added vegan mini donuts, cones, cupcakes and sprinkles to make a total showstopper.
Or for serious chocolate lovers, the one to go for is our vegan Death by Chocolate cake extravaganza. With dairy-free Belgian chocolate frosting, buttercream and sponge, you can even personalise this cake with a chocolate plaque and piped message. If you want a chocolate vegan cake in London, things do not get better than this.
So we hope that helps to answer some of the most common things we’ve been asked about vegan cake. What else would you like to know? Just leave us a question in the comments!