Vegan Cakes Sydney – Monzi’s Guide

Vegan cakes Sydney may be the healthy alternative for the sugar-seeking sweet tooth in your life. Whether it’s recipes, cafes, tips or tricks, Monzi’s got you covered. We’ll cover everything you need to know so you’ll be a vegan cake expert in no time.

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Vegan cakes Sydney

The last decade saw the rapid rise in rates of veganism. As each year passes, more and more people are making the choice to give up animal products in a bid to improve their health, be more environmentally conscious or to reduce the demand for meat.

While veganism is by no means a new concept, possibly dating back over 2,000 years, there has never been more choice when it comes to eating vegan. Enter any grocery shop or restaurant and you’re likely to find a range of vegan foods that you’re sure to love.

One of the more delicious developments of the vegan rise is that of vegan cakes. While still sweet, light and delicious, vegan cakes are free from animal products and are often made with natural products to improve the nutritional value.

Keen to know more? Read on.

What desserts can a vegan eat?

Realistically, vegans can eat any dessert so long as it doesn’t contain animal products.

Turning your favourite cakes and desserts into vegan treats isn’t as hard as you might think. Typically, you’ll only need to replace a few ingredients. Notably, milk, eggs or butter.

To do this, you’re going to need to find a list of vegan substitutes. These substitutes are natural products that mimic the effects created by the ingredients they are replacing. To help you out, we’ll give you a list of some common subjects a little further down.

What does raw vegan cakes Sydney mean?

One term you’ll often see attached to vegan cakes is “raw.” So, what is a raw cake?

In simple terms, a raw cake refers to a cake that is not cooked. Rather than using processed foods and animal products (e.g. eggs) which can be potentially harmful uncooked, these cakes are made from natural products.

With a raw cake, the goal is to mimic the flavour and texture of its traditional counterpart while doing it in a way that is healthy, natural and quick. While it won’t quite taste the same, in most cases it will be a pretty solid re-creation.

Head into any vegan cafe or healthy dessert bar and you’ll see menu items such as “raw cheesecake” or “raw mars bar.”

Are vegan cakes Sydney my only vegan dessert option?

Not at all.

With the recent exponential growth in the rates of veganism, more and more time and energy is being devoted to developing high-quality, delicious vegan desserts. And as demand increases further so to will the range of products on offer. In short, It’s a great time to be a vegan.

In every capital city you’ll find a number of great vegan restaurants and cafes with a range of desserts that will blow your mind. Vegan cakes Sydney are simply just one example of what’s on offer.

Do your research and you’ll find vegan donuts, biscuits, slices, chocolate and even ice-cream. They will taste every bit as good as their non-vegan counterparts and in some cases, might even be good for you (Just check the nutritional value).

Take your non-vegan friends along too because you don’t just have to be vegan to enjoy.

5 minute vegan desserts

The best thing about raw desserts is that they’re so quick!

With the need for baking eliminated, your raw desserts can be ready in minutes.

Just prepare your ingredients, mix them and set them into a cake tin, bowl or tray depending on what you’re making. You’ll be indulging in your delicious dessert in no time.

For fast, five-minute recipes, do your research online. There are a stack of great blogs and vegan cooking websites filled with a range of ideas for desserts you’re going to love.

Best of all, vegan cooking is still barely scratching the surface. As demand continues to increase, so will the range of products and recipes available. So, keep an eye out.

Vegan cakes Sydney: where to get your fix

If you’re a Sydney resident, you are blessed. Your city is loaded with some of the best plant-based dessert creations this country has to offer.

Not only that, as we’ve mentioned, you don’t even need to be vegan to enjoy them. If you’re a sweet tooth looking to satisfy your dessert cravings, we’ve put together a list of vegan cafes and restaurants you just have to visit.

Whether it’s vegan cakes Sydney, brownies, donuts, slices or pancakes, we’re sure that you’ll leave these cafes with a full stomach and a smile.

So, let’s go.

Bodhi Restaurant

  • 2/4 College St, Sydney CBD

Located in Sydney’s CBD, the award winning Bodhi Restaurant is a vegan mecca.

Selling itself using the simple tagline “Enlightened food, good for the body, great for the soul,” Bodhi combines yum-cha with a range of Asian inspired dishes and a host of exquisite desserts. In short, it should be near the top of any vegan dining bucket list.

We’re here to focus on the desserts though and this is where Bodhi excels. Try the amazing sticky date pudding or the unbeatable vegan yuzu cheesecake with black sesame. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Shift Eatery

  • 241 Commonwealth St, Surrey Hills

Shift Eatery is Sydney’s first exclusively vegan deli. You can snack on plant-based sandwiches, toasties, salads, bowls and desserts or sip on smoothies, juices, coffees or kombucha. In short, there’s plenty to choose from.

We’re focusing on dessert however, and trust us, Shift Eatery has got you covered with a range of sweet treats that are simply to die for.

You can get stuck into a range of vegan donuts, tarts and cakes that will leave you wanting more. Throw in a vegan hot chocolate for good measure and you’ve got the perfect morning tea.

Orchard Street Elixir Bar

  • 2 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi

Orchard Street Elixir Bar has a range of juices, cleanses, milks and tonics that will have you feeling so good you’ll be telling anyone who will listen about them. They also offer dessert too.

While they offer some of the cutest cakes you’ll ever see, their masterpiece is undoubtedly the sweet toasted banana bread. It comes with a drizzle of tahini and coconut and is the sweet treat you’ve been searching for. Go visit them today!

Green Gourmet

  • 115 King St, Newtown
  • 538 Pacific Highway, St Leonards

When it comes to the range of vegan desserts on offer, Green Gourmet is tough to beat. Sweetened using coconut sugar and agave nectar, Green Gourmet has developed a range of treats that includes brownies, chocolate fudge and pop tarts to name a few.

Put simply, it’s a sweet-tooth’s dream.

If you’re a little bit adventurous, Green Gourmet is renowned for their tofu ice cream. While that sounds a little suspect, relax because it’s not tofu flavoured. It’s just tofu-based and comes in flavours including coconut, maple, walnut and even black sesame.

Nutie Donuts

  • 13 Beattie St, Balmain

Think donuts have to be heavy, unhealthy and filled with sugar? Think again.

Nutie donuts has arrived in Balmain with a range of gluten-free, vegan donuts that will have you salivating.

Flavours include:

  • Pineapple
  • Snickers
  • Blueberry pie
  • Maple Bacon

If donuts aren’t your thing, that’s ok too. Nutie Donuts can look after you with their range of vegan cheesecakes. Try the Classic New York or the Lemon and Blueberry. If you’re really hungry, why not have both?

Gelato Blue (Newton)

  • 318 King St, Newton

While Gelato Blue doesn’t focus on cakes or brownies or other dessert treats, they simply had to be included because their coconut milk-based gelato is insanely good.

With an extensive range of creative and out-there flavours, we are pretty sure there will be something for everyone. Flavours range from carrot cake to peanut butter brownie and even pina colada.

Ultimately, Gelato Blue helps define the vegan creativity that has come to define the Sydney food landscape. Get there ASAP.

Ingredient substitutes

Keen to make your own vegan cakes Sydney? Great!!

Before you get started, there’s probably a few products you’re going to need to buy that typically aren’t found in most pantries. These products are your substitutes. Your stand-ins that fill the roles previously occupied by eggs, milk, butter or any other animal products.

We’ve broken down the substitutes into milk, egg and butter replacements and have provided a few alternatives so you can get the one that’s right for you.

What can I use as a substitute for eggs?

We’re going to start with the most difficult ingredient to replace. While in biscuits eggs play a role in binding the ingredients, in cakes they are used for leavening.

In simple terms, leavening involves the production or addition of gases into a cake or baked goods with the aim of increasing volume and producing texture. When beaten, eggs help create tiny air pockets in cake mixture. As the cake is baked, these pockets expand creating the light, fluffy cakes we all love.

Replacing eggs won’t be easy but your options include:

  • Applesauce
  • Ground flax seeds/chia seeds: mix one tablespoon of seeds with three tablespoons of water.
  • One tablespoon of vinegar mixed with one teaspoon of baking soda (replaces one egg)
  • Carbonated water (¼ of a cup): can add moisture while the carbonation mimics the leavening effects of eggs.

Replacing butter: your options

Unlike eggs, butter is not too difficult to replace. In fact, there are a number of substitutes that exist across a range of categories.

At the end of the day, butter is just a source of fat and animal fat is rarely good for you. These substitutes will likely make your cooking much better for you.

In order to replace butter, you could use:

  • Oils: sunflower, olive or peanut to name a few
  • Coconut oil: while it is an oil, it’s got a texture that’s closer to butter.
  • Nut butters
  • Vegan margarines: essentially a like-for-like swap

What can I use as a vegan substitute for milk?

Out of the three, milk is by far the easiest ingredient to replace. That’s because there are already a ton of non-dairy milk products available that will more than adequately fill the role. In most cases, you won’t even notice the difference.

Options include:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Soy milk
  • Other, more obscure milks include: rice milk, cashew milk, flax milk and oat milk

Most of these options will be available at your nearest supermarket or health food shop. However, if you’re keen to get your hands dirty, making your own is relatively simple.

Soak the nuts/seeds/beads in water for hours (e.g. overnight). Next, blend with water and then strain the ingredients. Sweeten if necessary. That’s all there is to it.

Is vegan cake healthy?

Possibly, but only to an extent. Ultimately, it comes down to your ingredients.

Don’t fall into the trap of automatically assuming vegan cakes Sydney are healthy for you. A vegan cake simply implies the absence of animal products (eggs, butter, etc.) which will typically make these cakes lower in saturated fats.

However, if the cake is made with excessive amounts of oil, unrefined flour, sugar then, like any cake, it will be unhealthy.

If you are looking for a healthy vegan cake, look for recipes that replace sugar with natural sweeteners and unrefined flour with whole grain flour. However, keep in mind that these ingredients will make any cake healthier, not just vegan cakes.

So, as always, consume in moderation. A vegan cake can be healthier for you than a normal cake, however, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for you.

Vegan cakes Sydney: the best chocolate cake recipe

Do you want a moist, light, decadent cake that’s 100% vegan? Monzi’s here to help.

We’ve dug into the recipe book to find a vegan chocolate cake we know you’re going to love. Best of all, it’s so easy!

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 and ¼ cups of plain/wholemeal flour (it’s up to you)
  • 1 cup of sugar (can replace with a natural sweetener)
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • ⅓ cup of oil (we recommend vegetable but it’s up to you)
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

For the icing:

  • ½ cup of sugar or natural sweetener
  • 4 tablespoons of margarine (or coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (almond, soy etc.
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Note that this ingredient list provides a guide only. You are more than welcome to add more or less of each ingredient depending on your preferences.

Method

For the cake:

Add all the dry ingredients into one bowl, stirring until combined. In a separate bowl, blend together the water, vinegar, oil and vanilla. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir until it is combined and there are no lumps.

Pour mixture into a cake tin and bake for approximately 30 minutes (will depend on your oven) at 180 degrees celsius. After removing it from the oven, rest the cake on a wire rack

For the icing:

In a saucepan, boil the sugar, milk, cocoa and margarine, stirring often. After bringing it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes while continually stirring it. Remove the mixture from the stove and continue stirring for two minutes. Add enough vanilla to suit your tastes and then immediately ice the cake.

Vegan cakes Sydney: the unbeatable raw cheesecake recipe

Not a fan of chocolate? That’s alright, everyone’s tastes are different.

We want to cater to everyone so we’ve included a second recipe just in case. This raw cheesecake is simple, delicious and will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • Two to three cups of nuts (cashews or macadamias are what we recommend, however, it is up to you).
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • ½ cup of honey or maple syrup (whatever you have on hand)
  • ⅓ cup of warm coconut oil
  • 100-150ml of lemon juice
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Pinch of salt

For the biscuit crust:

  • One cup of dates
  • Two cups of almonds (or another nut)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence

Method

Cake mix: pour nuts into a bowl, cover them with water and leave to soak overnight. The following day, drain and dry the nuts. Then, combine all ingredients in your food processor and blend for approximately five minutes. Once the mixture is smooth and well-combined, pour into the biscuit crust that you prepared earlier.

Biscuit base: Combine all the ingredients in your food processor and process until a crumble forms. Do not use a blender. If you feel that the mixture is too dry then you can add up to a tablespoon of water. Line a large cake tin (or smaller individual tins) with the biscuit crust and leave in the freezer to set.

Serving suggestions: You can store your cheesecakes in the freezer for two to three weeks after you can make them. Remove your cheesecake from the freeze approximately 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat to allow it to thaw.

Are there any vegan cakes Sydney mixes?

Yes!

If you’re not willing or unable to put the time into making a cake from scratch, there are options. In short, just like with any other cake, there are a range of pre-prepared vegan cake mixes that you can buy.

You’ll have to add a few of your own ingredients but typically, you’ll have it ready and in the oven in no time.

The result: delicious cake with minimal effort. Perfect for the time-poor sweet tooth in your life.

Vegan cakes Sydney: now it’s your turn

Whether you’re keen to get your hands dirty making your own delicious dessert treats or just want to hit up your nearest vegan cafe, we know you’re going to love it.

While we’ve tried to share all the secrets we know, there’s so much information out there and it’s growing each day. Moreover, do your research and find the best recipes or dessert bars near you. Your tastebuds will thank you.

Head to the State Government’s website for more ideas.

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