Besides their very famous location in NYC it is also worth it to visit their shop
in Los Angeles for some of the best vegan and gluten-free goodies
The first time I tried something from Babycakes NYC was when I was shopping at the all vegan grocery store Viva La Vegan Grocery in Rancho Cucamonga. They had individually boxed doughnuts by the front counter, but I figured they weren’t gluten free. One of the employees saw me wistfully eyeing them, and when she confirmed that they were in fact gluten free, I was sold. I bought two of the salted caramel flavored doughnuts and ended up eating both in the parking lot before driving home. I hadn’t eaten a doughnut in years, and they were better than the non-vegan, gluten laden versions I remembered.
I ended up searching for Babycakes NYC when I got home and discovered that they had a location in Los Angeles. I had to go! It’s in a cute area called Larchmont, and there are actually several vegan-friendly businesses close if you are visiting and want to get a meal…assuming you don’t end up making a delicious (albeit fattening) meal out of cupcakes, brownies, and cookies like I do when I’m up there. The bakery smelled amazing when I walked in, and I ended up staring at the glass case for a while before I was able to narrow down what I wanted to purchase. I got a salted caramel cupcake, a brownie, a black and white cookie, and a chocolate chip cookie sandwich. All were even better than I had hoped they would be, and definitely set a higher standard for how I thought vegan, gluten free baked goods should taste.
Many times, the baked goods I try at other places are close to being good, but something is always off. It might be something small, but the texture is wrong (either too gooey or too dry), or there is a hint of an aftertaste, or the frosting is weird. Babycakes NYC, however, gets everything right. The cake texture is firm and moist, the frosting is creamy and smooth, and the flavors are spot on. I’ve been several times, and I can honestly say that they have ruined me because I can’t get baked goods anywhere else without noticing how inferior they are when compared to the awesomeness at Babycakes NYC! Their selections rotate, but they typically have different flavors of doughnuts, cupcakes, and cookies, and breads. I even saw hot cross buns there once! It’s difficult to recommend anything specific because everything is so good. That being said, each time I go there I always order a salted caramel cupcake and a black and white cookie (and whatever else strikes my fancy that day). The prices are reasonable considering the high quality ingredients they use, and because the products I receive there are consistently delicious, it is always worth splurging and getting several different things.
What I like most about Babycakes NYC (other than their amazing treats, of course) is the fact that all of their products are vegan, gluten free, soy free, kosher, and refined sugar free. They use coconut in their bakery and some of the products they use are made in facilities where nuts are processed, but they do not add nuts (other than coconut) to their products. They are committed to offering healthier and more natural options. The food coloring they use, for example, is made from beets, chlorophyll, turmeric, and cabbage. They also use non-GMO canola and cold-pressed coconut oils instead of other unhealthier options. Nutritional information is available on their website if you are interested in learning more.
Babycakes NYC has locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Orlando. If you don’t live close, don’t despair. They deliver! They also have an online store where you can purchase baking kits, cookbooks, and more. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, because they post regularly and even offer occasional discounts. Beware though, if you live close it’s hard not to jump in your car and drive there immediately when you see pictures of things like chocolate eclairs, broccoli cheddar biscuits, and lemon galettes!