While it is not as easy currently to spend hours sitting at a bustling cafe watching the crowds go by as you tear into a freshly baked good, you can still create that cafe experience in the comfort of your own home with the help of the vegan treats created by the five bakers listed here! From traditional Indonesian desserts to fluffy vegan milk bread, check out what these bakers are producing that will instantly transform your home into a 5-star cafe.
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Rogue Bread stuns with striking pastries that deliver in flavor and texture. The variety of kouign amanns, croissants, pop-tarts, and morning buns are all produced using housemade vegan butter that serves as the building block to flaky and tender layers. It’s no wonder the pastry boxes available for delivery at different regions in the Bay Area sell out fast! Single pastries can be found every Wednesday at Academic Coffee in San Jose, but to snag one of the pastry boxes, follow Rogue Bread on Instagram for the next release.
Baker Shruti of Shru's Kitchen not only creates beautiful vegan baked goods like celebration-worthy cakes, but she also offers a monthly "BakeBox," proceeds going to a different organization each month. Previous BakeBoxes have raised funds for The Okra Project and CA Fire Foundation and have included seasonal galettes, banana bread, and nankhatai—a shortbread biscuit popular in India. The cakes are moist and rich, an indulgent standout being the Nuts About Nutella—two chocolate cake layers enveloped in dark chocolate hazelnut ganache, then topped with roasted hazelnuts. Orders can be placed through Shru's Kitchen's website with delivery and pick-up options throughout San Francisco, the Peninsula, and South Bay.
MUCHJOY Bakehouse creates vegan versions of baked goods like pillowy hokkaido milk bread and decadent malasadas and turns things up a notch by churning out one-of-a-kind treats like vegan hokkaido milk bread donuts and sea salt mochi brownies. In addition to offering pre-orderable sweets for pick-up at Paper Moon Cafe in Santa Clara or delivery in San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell, and Milpitas, the San Jose-native behind the baked goods—Cat Vo—has bimonthly bake sale fundraiser boxes to raise money for a different local nonprofit or coalition each month.
1000 Layer Bakery
Owner Jennifer Huang brings the tastes from her childhood in Indonesia to the Bay Area with the treats she creates for 1000 Layer Bakery, many of which are naturally vegan. The visually-striking layers of the Kue Lapis are fragrant from coconut and pandan and have a mochi-like chewiness. Pandan is also one of the stars in her Klepon, mochi balls filled with palm sugar and generously coated with freshly grated coconut. 1000 Layer Baker has a weekly-changing menu, so place an order immediately when the Kue Lapis, Klepon, or other vegan desserts make an appearance. Delivery is an option throughout East Bay and the Peninsula, and pick-up is offered in San Francisco and Sunnyvale.
Choose from an enticing selection of baked donuts by Whack Donuts at one of its pop-up locations throughout San Francisco. Standard offerings include original glaze, cinnamon spice, and horchata, but the special flavor-of-the-month will keep you coming back, previous flavors being peach cobbler, s'mores, and lemon poppyseed. Whack Donuts' Instagram is the best source to stay informed about pop-up locations and the latest menu.
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