The top 10 vegan cupcakes in Toronto
The top vegan cupcakes in Toronto aren't limited to the display cases in dairy and egg-free bakeries. Many of the city's most beloved confectioneries have upped their baking game by adding vegan offerings to their menus. If you've been craving cupcakes but don't want to forfeit your diet, you've got more than a few options.
Here are my picks for the top vegan cupcakes in Toronto.
Urban Herbivore has a few locations peppered around the city - in Kensington, the Urban Eatery at the Eaton Centre and Little Italy - so cupcakes are never too far from home. Its offerings include triple chocolate, red velvet, black forest, classic vanilla and special flavours that pop-up seasonally, like gingerbread and chocolate chai.
Bunner's has an excellent reputation in the vegan community thanks to its top-notch baked goods. Its picture-perfect cupcakes are gluten-, dairy-, egg- and soy-free, so almost anyone can indulge in them. Its classic flavours - chocolate and vanilla (obviously) - can be found daily, while premium and seasonal cupcakes are subject to change.
Cosmic Treats' all-vegan menu touts drool-worthy eats like deep-fried mac and cheese balls and Dorito-encrusted tofu. If you're looking to end your meal with a bang, or just want to stop by for something sweet, its "Cosmic Cupcakes" should do the trick. Flavours change daily, but they've been known to stock favourites like cookies and cream and red velvet.
Tori's is a tried and true option for baked goods (I've already raved about its selection of vegan donuts). If you want to get your hands on a masterfully crafted cupcake, its selection will never fail you. Lemon, pumpkin, chocolate, coconut and maple are among its most popular flavours.
Mabel's Bakery caters to both vegans and non-vegans alike with its vast selection of icing-smothered goodies. If you can't stomach traditional buttercream (physically or ethically), opt for one of its vegan flavours - you can snag vanilla, chocolate, carrot and banana topped with vanilla bean, chocolate or raspberry icing.
Vegan Danish Bakery
If you hail from the north, this bakery is where to go to get your vegan sugar fix. You'll find its display case filled with all the fan-favourites: chocolate, vanilla, carrot and a few seasonally spruced-up options.
This quaint little Bloorcourt bakery specializes in pastries that are wheat-, nut-, dairy- and soy-free. Its vegan chocolate-coconut cupcakes, filled with organic dark chocolate, will help satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth. If you're looking for something slightly less indulgent, try the muffins - there's a variety of flavours, including lemon, cranberry and chocolate banana.
If you want to stray away from run of the mill flavours like chocolate and vanilla, head to Almond Butterfly. The Annex shop carries vegan riffs on flavours like chocolate espresso (made with freshly ground beans) and cookie dough. Don't get too attached to one flavour, though, as the menu isn't set in stone.
Prairie Girl Bakery
It should come as no surprise that Prairie Girl made this list as the bakery is known to have the best cupcakes in the city. The selection varies from day to day, but you can usually find vegan vanilla, chocolate, red velvet and/or coconut options on display.
OMG Baked Goodness
This Dundas West bakery serves up one hell of a chocolate cupcake. The goal of owner Lesley Mattina was to craft a vegan version of the treat that didn't sacrifice taste - and she's accomplished just that. If you want to cheat on your diet, there's also a ton of non-vegan options to choose from.
What did I miss? Add your favourite vegan cupcakes in the comments.
Photo of Almond Butterfly by Jesse Milns.