VIDEO! quarrygirl presents clara’s cakes! a teenage-run vegan bakery in LA.
you’re probably already familiar with teenage baking sensation clara polito, who owns and operates her own vegan business in los angeles called clara’s cakes…after all we’ve posted tworecipe videos with her in the past. clara went vegan at the age of 12, and frustrated with the animal-free dessert options in her area, she decided to learn how to make her own treats. four years later, she’s got her own bakery with a menu that wows all kinds of eaters. in today’s video, we sat down with clara at her home in LA and learned about her most delicious creations and why she went vegan in the first place.
people may not realize it, but due to ingredients like butter and gelatin, traditional rice crispy treats aren’t vegan…or even vegetarian! in this video clara shows us how to make cruelty-free raspberry rice crispy treats that taste even better than the original using vegan substitutes like earth balance and dandies.
watch and learn, and be sure to hit up clara’s cakes for treats next time you’re in LA.
i wish i could be more like owner mellissa morgan aka ms. cupcake. disappointed in the lack of british vegan baked goods when she moved to england from canada, she took matters into her own hands and started making treats in her tiny flat and selling them at a market stall. just three years later, ms. cupcake is a world famous bakery in brixton with over 150 different cupcake varieties, several other dessert lines, savory items, and a cookbook on the way.
we sat down with mellissa to chat about why she started baking, why all people (not just vegans!) enjoy her desserts, and how cupcakes can provide an inclusive experience. when in london, be sure to check out ms. cupcake—-you won’t regret it!
capital city bakery in austin celebrates vegan pizza day with pizza pastries!!
incredible! capital city bakery is an all vegan bakeshop in austin, texas and they’ll be celebrating vegan pizza day on saturday with pizza themed pastries!! they’ll have “pizza slice” sugar cookies (decorated with buttercream), and two kinds of dessert pizza (apple cinnamon with an almond glaze, and s’mores)! GO THERE! i love that even dessert places are getting in on vegan pizza day. sooooo excited!
pink french vanilla vegan gluten-free scones that taste like the real thing by charmed scones. holy wow, delicious. how have i not heard of this local (and mother/daughter owned, awww!) bakery before?!
my kick ass co-worker spotted these treats at a bridal shower and scored me a bag. she’s neither vegan nor gluten-free, and she was raving about them. seriously so good.
charmed scones, you are now on my radar. can’t wait to try more flavors!
quarrygirl cupcakes are on sale this week from clara’s cakes! eeeep, this is such exciting news! my favorite bakery—-which happens to be all vegan and teenage owned!—-has named my favorite cupcake after me, and they’re on special offer! i’m talking about TIRAMISU CUPCAKES: magnifico vanilla base with espresso filling and cream cheese, topped with delicato cream cheese frosting and cocoa powder with a single chocolate chip. aka: probably the best vegan cupcakes you’ll ever eat. don’t miss this chance!
all you need to do is order some delectable tiramisu cupcakes by monday april 16th, and you’ll get 10% off! hit up clara via email or through her awesome new website to order.
I had the pleasure of working alongside Christine Oppenheim at a vegan restaurant for over a year and learned of her ventures in the catering/cooking lessons world. Before I quit my job at this restaurant I shall leave nameless, I saw a vegan fruit tart that Christine made for a frequent customer. That’s when I inquired about making a cake for my mom’s birthday. Christine happily brainstormed some ideas with me and we settled on this delicious chocolate with coffee buttercream frosting double layer cake (all vegan and organic of course!). My mom loved this cake so much, describing it as “not too sweet, decadent and perfect.”
Veggie Fixation, based in Santa Monica, currently offers private catering and cooking classes. Be sure to check out her website and blog for updates and info on future Whole Foods cooking demos!!