Caked Coffee is a two-in-one bakery and coffee shop offering vegan desserts and hot drinks.
It's ran by Raman Gill and Supreet Arora, a husband and wife duo who work as brokers on the side.
They always wanted to open up a business together, hoping to show their young daughter the value of hard work and good ethics.
The coffee shop/bakery is just a few blocks away from High Park, it's a nice pit stop for those mid-lockdown walks to grab a hot drink and mozy over to the park.
In the future when restrictions are lifted, you can look forward to spending time inside of the bakery cafe. Your study or work sessions will be elevated by the bright interior and giant patio in the back.
Gill and Arora are both vegan, after making the diet switch, they noticed a growing sense of mental clarity and more energy in their daily lives.
With the desire to bring the same feeling to the High Park community, the couple decided to make all of their sweets 100 per cent vegan, eliminating refined sugar in their recipes.
Their cinnamon buns ($4.00) use raw sugar instead and aren't covered in thick coats of icing, making it a simple snack you'll feel good about indulging in. Cinnamon and molasses are combined to make the gooey centre and its served warm.
Cozy up to a hot drink, like the Mocha (regular $4.50, large $5.50) made up with a shot of espresso, a heavy helping of Belgian chocolate syrup and mixed together with your choice of dairy-free milk. Oat milk was a great addition of flavour to this specific drink.
If you're looking for a treat that resembles non-vegan options, the Espresso Cupcake ($5.00) is a good choice. A dairy-free cream is used in the chocolate batter for the cake portion.
There's no butter cream, but you hardly taste the difference. Two heart-shaped syringes are filled with espresso which soaks up the chocolate cake, adding a twist in flavour.
Aside from hot drinks and desserts, Caked Coffee also offers a few vegan pizzas you can pick up for the lunch time hour.
The "Meat" pizza ($14.00) comes in a personal size, perfect for one person. Real tomatoes are crushed to make the sauce, then vegan mozzarella is added, with sprinkles of vegetarian sausage on top.
Situated between Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive, the cafe's mint green interior stands out against the brown brick of residential homes on the same side of the street.