There used to be a time that announcing you were vegetarian, or even worse, vegan, made people pull a funny face. Well, that ain’t the case any more. From vegan wedding cakes to birthday cakes, these days you’d be hard pressed to taste the difference from a conventional bake.
With celebrities like Natalie Portman, Arianna Grande and Leona Lewis leading the way in veganism, this kind of life choice has never been so popular. In the last ten years, the growth in vegan and vegetarian diets has been seriously whopping, with health and wellbeing now top priority for millions.
No longer do vegans and vegetarians have to put up with nasty-tasting, bad imitations of what sweet treats should be, or miss out when the cake comes around. And at Anges de Sucre we’re all for it.
No matter the occasion or the diet, we’re all in for making the biggest, bestest, show-stopping vegan cake in London and beyond. We’re here to prove that you can still have your cake and eat it.
So what’s the difference between vegan cake and vegetarian anyway?
This kind of diet might be more popular than ever before, but when it comes to knowing the difference between what’s vegan or vegetarian, confusion reigns. Most importantly, what makes a vegetarian or vegan cake?!
Basically a vegetarian diet excludes, for whatever reason, eating meat of any kind and usually fish too. Vegan diets go one step further, cutting out any animal products at all. That means the staples of traditional cake-baking - eggs, milk and butter in particular - are all off the menu.
Veganism also excludes honey, since it’s made by bees, and instead concentrates on a plant-based diet, known to be rich in protein, calcium and all kinds of other essential vitamins and minerals. These are so low in saturated fat and so full of antioxidants, they have super health benefits and might contribute to a lowered risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
A few things to know about making a vegan cake
One of the biggest challenges in making a great vegan cake can be finding ingredients that aren’t from animals. As far as substitutes go, try swapping cow’s milk for oat, almond or coconut milk and try mashed banana, flaxseeds or vegetable oil in place of eggs.
The eggs usually work as the binding agent and sometimes the raising agent too. That’s why you’ll often find baking powder or bicarbonate of soda in a vegan cake recipe.
Mix your dry ingredients first, then add the wet ingredients and don’t over-mix! You’ll just end up with a cake that’s really dense, rather than light and fluffy.
Vegetable oil also helps on the lightness front, but give olive oil a miss because of it’s strong taste and go for something like sunflower or rapeseed oil instead.
Good old margarine works great in place of butter and you don’t have to scrimp on totally rocking decorations either if you want to make a real show-stopper. There are loads of commercial sugar pastes out there that are fine for vegans. Just read labels carefully and make sure they don’t contain dried egg.
We reckon we’ve hit on the perfect vegan cake recipe. This sponge is great to make in advance as it can be kept fresh for up to 5 days in the fridge, wrapped in clingfilm, or put in the freezer to pull out whenever you need it.
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Having said all that, if you just need someone else to do the work and make a really special job of it, then we offer vegan cake delivery all across London and the UK. Making the ultimate vegan cake has been a total labour of love for us here at Anges de Sucre and we’re proud to have become a top spot to buy vegan cake in London.
So are you feeling fruity? Our Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Cake might be fully eggless and dairy free, but it sure packs a punch on the flavour front. With three fluffy layers of sponge sandwiched with peanut butter cream, we’ve added vegan peanut brittle, as well as crushed peanuts, to make the perfect vegan birthday cake or celebration cake.
The ultimate vegan chocolate cake has arrived in the form of our Vegan Death by Chocolate Cake special. Swathed in Belgian chocolate buttercream and topped with vegan sprinkles and hazelnut crumbs, this dark beauty will have vegan tongues wagging all over the party.
For a vegan wedding cake with a serious wow factor, you’ve never seen anything like our Fat Unicorn Vegan Wedding Cake. We don’t believe in boring, which is why we came up with this multicoloured, 3 tiered bobby-dazzler topped with chubby fondant unicorns.
If you know deep-down that you’re a couple with an indulgent side, then this is a vegan wedding cake that will leave your guests astonished, deeply satisfied and all with ingredients that don’t compromise a vegan lifestyle.
So if you’re after something vegan for a big occasion then we’d love to hear from you. We eat new ideas up for breakfast and we’re always up for a challenge! Just get in touch here.