Vegan desserts & cakes in Melbourne

Yesterday was World Vegan Day Melbourne. I hope those of you who attended it had a great time. My friends had chosen yesterday to work on a university assignment together so I couldn’t come. (And sorry for not posting for a while, university has been quite busy)

With increasing demand and a shift towards plant-based eating, there are progressively more and more animal product free sweets and cakes, such that it is not that difficult anymore to find cakes that are up to standard (whether for someone’s birthday or for a treat).

 

Cakes:

*Mister Nice Guy’s Bake shop (Ascot Vale)

100% vegan. Highly rated cake shop with a large variety of beautiful cakes, as well as a range of desserts and pastries

 

*Isher eggless bakers (Clayton)

Focuses on egg free baking, has a range of vegan cakes

 

Donuts:

*Daniel’s Donuts (Springvale)

Vegan flavours include: custard, original glazed, Oreo, jam, cinnamon, peanut butter and jelly

-I liked the custard flavour. I did not like the Oreo as it was not filled & seemed lacking in something (the non-vegan one is filled)

 

Cupcakes:

*Cupcake central (Melbourne Central)

Vegan choc cupcake available all the time. In addition there are 2-3 different vegan options each day (there used to only be 1 different vegan cupcake each day) as part of the spring calendar. There are a variety of new flavours each season.

-I have tried a peanut butter & chocolate cupcake & it was moist & decadent, although a little expensive ($4.50)

 

Ice-cream

  • As the weather warms up (there have already been a few hot days) & summer approaches, we want to cool down with some delicious ice cream =)

*Girls & boys (Fitzroy)

100% vegan, ice-cream store that also has donuts & pastries

 

*Ben & Jerry’s (multiple locations)

Non-dairy flavours are: Peanut butter & cookies, caramel almond brittle, coffee caramel fudge and coconut seven layer bar

 

*Billy van creamy (Fitzroy North)

Vegan flavours made with cashew milk and coconut milk: Chocolate, salted caramel, peanut butter choc chip

 

*Pidapipo (Carlton)

Have vegan soy milk based flavours

 

*Gelato Messina (multiple locations)

A range of sorbets

 

Matcha:

*Matcha Mylkbar (St Kilda)

100% vegan, with a focus on matcha-based desserts

 

If you have any ideas about what you want me to write about, feel free to comment. And I would love to hear about your experience at World Vegan Day if you attended.

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Companies & Brands that Source Ethically

Today’s post is a bit different from previous posts, as there isn’t a specific focus. Now there are many ethical brands that not only are against animal exploitation, but also against human and environmental exploitation, and put these values into action. By reading this, you may find out about products made using interesting and sustainable materials and may even discover an previously unknown ethical brand that you like.

 

Brands

Nae

Nae, which stands for No Animal Exploitation, is a Portuguese vegan footwear brand which offers all types of shoes from everyday sneakers to work shoes to high heels. They also are against human and environmental exploitation. They use natural materials including cork & pineapple leaf, recycled materials such as plastic bottles, and synthetic materials such as ecological microfibers. The products are manufactured only in certified factories of Portugal.

 

Etiko

Offers sneakers similar in style to Converse but are more ethical. They are fair trade, organic and vegan. The sole is all natural, made from sustainable latex and certified by the FSC. The canvas and laces are made with cotton which has been certified both organic (GOTS) and fairtrade (FLO). The shoebox is made from post-consumer waste. They also have clothing made of organic cotton.

 

Tree Tribe

An outdoor lifestyle brand committed to protecting the environment through using eco friendly materials, as well as planting 10 trees on every sale. They have leaf leather products made from sustainably harvested Teak leaves. They are natural, and every piece is unique. Tree Tribe also sell eco water bottles, and offer clothing made from materials such as organic cotton, sustainable hemp and recycled polyester.

 

Eve Cork

Their mission is to “educate the world about cork fashion, while building an online-first, sustainable luxury handbag brand”. Materials used include cork, organic cotton and all-natural vegetable dyes. Their style is European inspired. The bags are made in Portugal, where workers are paid well and have good working conditions.

 

Companies

Flora & fauna

Offer products that are vegan, ethically sourced and cruelty free. They are committed to protecting the environment and have a recycling program, where customers can return bottles and tubes to be made into other products. They also partner with and support Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary (which cares for abused and abandoned farm animals). They offer a wide range of skincare, haircare, dental products, makeup, clothing, bags and health products.

 

Velvety

Provides sustainable, vegan, cruelty free and ethical, fairtrade certified items that are affordable. These include clothing, handbags, accessories, skincare, makeup and their own handmade eco soy candles. These products respect animals, humans and the planet. They use all recycled packaging for deliveries. (Stock Tree Tribe)

 

Vegan Style

They only stock brands that are high quality, vegan and cruelty free and environmentally friendly. They mainly sell shoes, but also sell a variety of other items including belts, handbags and beauty products. (Stock Etiko, Nae)

 

The Cruelty Free Shop

Provides a wide range of vegan and cruelty free products including food (that which your local supermarket may not have), health, fashion, beauty and household items. They regularly support animal rights organisations by fundraising for them, selling merchandise with the proceed going to charity as well as other methods.

 

With so many brands and companies that source ethically, next time your skincare runs out or your sneakers become worn, you can be sure to find an ethical brand or store where you can find what you need.