It’s a sweet time to be vegan in Miami, with not one but two online vegan bakeries offering cookies and cupcakes that give dairy-rich bakery treats a run for their money.
Bunnie Cakes ( bunniecakes.com) makes mini cupcakes ($1.50 each, $18 per dozen) that are decadent mouthfuls. Mari Cortez, a vegetarian and yummy mummy with a sweet tooth, took the cake recipes of her 93-year-old Venezuelan grandmother, ditched the butter, cream and eggs but kept the sweet.
Cortez’s cupcakes come in a fantasy of flavors, including triple chocolate, guava, with a perfect little dollop of guava paste hidden inside, and dulce no leche. Some varieties are organic, soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free, too. They’re topped with a teensy round of creamy but creamless vegan cream cheese frosting. Bunnie Cakes also bakes regular-size cupcakes and custom cakes to order.
What sound do we make when snarfing treats? Om nom nom. What does vegan and Miami native Anthea Ponsetti call her vegan cookie company? Om Nom Nom Cookies ( omnomnomcookies.com). A smart cookie with serious culinary training, Ponsetti bakes big-enough-to-share vegan cookies ($2.50 each) in half a dozen flavors, from classics to new spins.
The chocolate chip is a little on the chalky side, but the sassy, spicy Mexican snickerdoodle is a tender sugar cookie scented with cocoa with just the right kick of cayenne. Made with organic agave, almond milk and animal-friendly evaporated cane sugar, cookies have that true homemade taste.
Besides selling online, both bakeries have their wares at some of our favorite indie establishments including Green Gables Cafe, O Cinema, Panther Coffee and Lost and Found Saloon. Sweet.