veganism and babycakes.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

babycakes nyc

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...

babycakes nyc

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.

babycakes nyc

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.

lower east side nyc

oh hey, broome street. you're not so bad yourself.

babycakes nyc

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.

the daily muse

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.

babycakes nyc
babycakes nyc

food photo by lianna tarantin, all others by yours truly and the vegan husband.

25 comments:

Lori Plyler said...

We discovered the Babycakes cookbook for my daughter, a young teen at the time who aspired to become a pastry chef only to find that she has Celiac. Oh the cruelty. Anyway, the book was fantastic for learning about the substitutions and gluten free combinations for ingredients.

Hilary said...

cute watch! Where did you find that?

Kat said...

I remember feeling the same way about Babycakes. I didn't feel like the icing compared (we had the velvet cream cheese cupcake but maybe a different icing would have been better?) but I absolutely loved the doughnuts. I will take a vegan doughnut over a regular one any day, especially if it's chocolate.

rebecca said...

hilary-
hair tie + $20 timex. :)

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the southern hostess said...

I felt the same way about their cupcakes, but you've got me curious to go back and try items of the non-frosted variety. Also, no photos rules make me crazy.

rebecca said...

natalie-
non frosted items get a thumbs up!

Ana de la Serna said...

wahat a lovely place!!!!

Greetings from Texas! said...

Coconut milk yogurt you say? I'll have to look into it missy!

Audrey said...

I hope you let us know how Ed feels after the week is done. I did a three week trial right after Thanksgiving last year and I slept better than I ever have before or since. About three days in, I began to notice the differences. Skin also looked amazing. With a cheese-obsessed family, there's just no way I can do it all the time.

Amy said...

I've heard mixed reviews about Babycakes from vegans. I think they omit so many ingredients that they're bound to not always be successful. But I'm sure in NYC you have tons of options for vegan baked goods that are more... traditional-tasting. I assure you that delicious, fluffy, vegan buttercream-style frosting is out there! :)

Mary Schaubert said...

This is so funny! Literally this past weekend, my husband announced he'd like to go vegan for a month. I was vegan for a year and a half, vegetarian now, so I don't mind at all, but I was surprised! I had Babycakes when I was in NYC while I was vegan and I TOTALLY agree. I wasn't all that impressed, Magnolia is way better. It felt like everything at Magnolia was just too coconut based.

rebecca said...

amy-
we found that the vegan scones at alice's tea cup are amazing! as are the vegan cookies at city bakery.

Jesse said...

if you ever come to dc, you should try sticky fingers. my only vegan friend got her wedding cake there way back in 2005 and it was ridiculously delicious. icing included.

http://stickyfingersbakery.com/

rebecca said...

jesse-
awesome! thanks for the tip.

Quyen Nguyen said...

I do understand why some places are not allowing photography, but your photos are great of the outside!
http://liveitinerantly.com

A Crimson Kiss said...

Coconut milk everything! Bravo to Ed–I think John and I would both cry if we had to give up the Spanish tortilla we're planning for Thursday's dinner!

Paige Elizabeth said...

I'm a vegetarian who flirts with veganism a few meals a week, but I don't really want to fully commit. So I'm sharing with you my latest vegan recipe find that makes me wonder why I would be anything BUT vegan for the rest of my life. I mean, the recipe is that delicious, if you ask me. And what's better, it's easy! Yahoo. Please, enjoy. http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/07/one-pan-farro-with-tomatoes/

dervla kelly said...

i haven't tried them out either, but in an attempt to try out the gluten free lifestyle, perhaps I will. Has your newly vegan husband reported back on what effects he's feeling yet? Curious.

Tess said...

Out of curiosity, why are you a vegetarian?

rebecca said...

paige-
thanks! i flirt with veganism a bit myself and this looks delicious.

dervla and audrey-
reporting back! we've been joking all week that he feels "less"-- lighter, cleaner (if that makes sense?), as if nothing is weighing him down at all.

rebecca said...

tess-
check the faq page, top right corner. :)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

I lived in that place when I lived in NYC! Yuuuummy!!!

melle-belle said...

They sound really lame and full of themselves. If I were still anywhere near NYC, I wouldn't give them my business.

margot said...

For the sake of Ed getting benefit from his week as vegan, please suggest that he focus on fueling his body mostly with real. whole, nutrient dense foods. I've met people who went vegan short-term and then mostly ate highly processed foods and specialty treats (like babycakes desserts), and of course, they didn't feel a whole lot better.

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