so ed comes home last thursday with the announcement that he's going vegan for a week. no particular reason at all other than to challenge himself and sheer curiosity as to whether he'd feel like a whole new person after the fact. hitting the reset button, if you will. though i'm not a vegan (just vegetarian), i admit i was excited to actually share my love for soy ice cream sandwiches and coconut milk yogurt. my second thought? babycakes! i don't know why it's taken me so long to try this gluten-free vegan bakery of delightfulness, but NOW was the time. ed was forced to eat none other at this point and my own curiosity for babycakes got the best of me. to the lower east side we went...
when founder erin mckenna couldn't find a bakery in the city to meet her dietary needs, she took matters into her own hands and started babycakes in 2005. it has been thriving ever since and now includes locations in LA and orlando, as well as another cookbook full of vegan and gluten-free recipes.
ok, so i DO know why it took me so long to try babycakes. i figure why eat vegan gluten-free desserts when you don't have to? magnolia's is famous for a reason.
oh hey, broome street. you're not so bad yourself.
so were the cupcakes good? wellllll... let's just say if i wasn't a vegan or on a gluten-free diet (thankfully i'm not) i wouldn't exactly go out of my way to eat them. it's all in the icing-- just doesn't compare. that being said, the non-desserty baked goods were delicious, particularly the pumpkin chip bread.
there's no taking of the photos allowed inside the bakery, only which i noticed the sign after the fact i took a couple and got an eye roll. lesson learned! geez.