Whether you’re in it for the animals, the environment, or the way you feel after a glorious (read: not glorious) trip to KFC, veganism most certainly has its perks. From better sleep to glowing skin, vegans have long enjoyed the benefits of a diet, and sometimes lifestyle, void of animal products. However, as a relatively new food-category, having only been coined in the early 40s, it has taken some time for the practice of veganism to gain mainstream momentum. Now widely understood by businesses in the food and hospitality sector, particularly in the Middle East, there are plenty of vegan options to choose from when dining out and ordering in, especially when it comes to sweet treats like cupcakes. While ditching the fundamental ingredients such as butter, milk, and eggs might seem counterintuitive to what comprises a good cupcake, these decadent vegan alternatives are sure to change your mind.
If you’re looking for the best vegan cupcakes in the UAE, here’s where to get your fix.
Filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice, Sugargram’s latest vegan range is an ode to all things small and mighty. Named Flour Puff Girls, after the butt-kicking girl gang known and loved by the world, the range comprises a lineup of three bite-sized cupcakes with flavors including red velvet, peanut butter and jelly, and chocolate fudge. Named appropriately after their superhero counterparts, the Red Blossom, Peanut Buttercup and Chocolate Bubbles cupcakes are available for order via Deliveroo and ChatFood. Available in two sizes, boxes start at AED 30 for 5 cupcakes and go up to AED 125 for 25 cupcakes.
Located in DIFC, this vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free bakery is what vegan dreams are made of. From tapioca flour-based biscotti to brownies made with equal portions of love and organic coconut oil, Healthy Pâtisserie is home to some of the best desserts in the city. With the belief that pastry must be constructed above all else, with passion, the bakery is known for its moist, and tender vegan cupcake range. Available in a wide array of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, and carrot cake, each cupcake is made using a delicate combination of gluten-free flours, and organic sweeteners before being topped by a thick and creamy frosting. Available online and in-store, cupcakes are available in sets of four with prices starting at AED 60.
Vegan Life UAE
As the UAE’s first online vegan food shop, Vegan Life UAE is home to a number of delicious and decadent sweet-treats, ranging from cakes and cookies to croissants and cupcakes. Providing the UAE with the best in organic, plant-based food, the brand’s philosophy is centered around promoting vitality, longevity, internal peace, and overall wellbeing. None of which is more accessible than when biting into a lovingly crafted cupcake. With a range of options available, cupcake enthusiasts can tuck into flavors such as gingerbread, cookies and cream, lemon, and banana while also enjoying festive options such as specially created sets for Halloween, Mother’s Day and Christmas. Available for delivery to all seven Emirates, orders can be placed via the shop’s website.
While we might be infringing upon the sacred semantics of what separates a cupcake from a cake, one would be remiss to forego the Lotus Vegan Cake from SugarMoo Desserts. Comprising chocolate soy, lotus, and oodles of vegan caramel, the Lotus Vegan Cake is a surefire way to convert the skeptics into aficionados. Available for delivery in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, the cake is available in 3 sizes and ranges from AED 215 to AED 315 in price. Order online here.