By Natacha Cole
When I think of a celebration, a joyful festivity is what I envision—music playing in the background, people laughing, talking, smiling all whilst bubbly drinks are in hand and great food is being served. But more importantly and I hope you’ll agree, a beautifully decorated scrumptious cake or gorgeous pastries come to mind. So, it’s without a doubt for Canada’s 150th and Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, we must discuss cakes, cupcakes, truffles, and all things sweet!
We have a lot to celebrate this year and having vegan bakeries and pastry shops around the city to help us—c’est vraiment genial.
With a mission to ensure that everyone can enjoy pastries, even those who suffer from food allergies, Petit Lapin opened its doors to provide sweets to all. Nestled in a quaint location on Victoria avenue in Westmount, Petit Lapin is a vegan pastry shop you must visit. If you’re obsessed with macarons, this is the only place where you’ll find these delightful and delicate creations in a nut-free, egg-free, and gluten-free version.
This lovely pastel-decorated shop is also known for its adorable cupcakes in popular flavours such as Red Velvet, Choco-Coco, and Dulce de Leche. Also to be deliciously devoured, are their beautiful custom cakes and the cutest baked donuts, cream puffs, and cake pops. And if you love matcha, Petit Lapin will be heavenly because you’ll find pretty much everything in matcha flavour. Hop on over to this cute little bakery and enjoy!
P.S. Special Canada Day cupcakes will be available by special order.
If you live in or are walking around the Plateau Mont-Royal area of Montreal, Sophie Sucrée is the place to visit, especially if you have a devilish sweet tooth or would like to simply enjoy a cranberry orange and pecan scone with your coffee.
The delectable pastries are baked daily in small batches with whole and 100% plant-based ingredients, which are often organic. I highly recommend the addictive cocoa truffles and the almond cupcake with caramel icing.
This pretty pastry shop also prides itself on creating custom cakes for all types of occasions; birthdays, weddings, anniversares, etc. The cakes are so stunning, you won’t want to cut out a slice and ruin the beautiful cake art.
Café Dei Campi
This Italian café doesn’t advertise as a vegan bakery, but rest assured all of the pastries and baked goods are. Located in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie neighbourhood with a pleasant view of a park, people from all over the city make their way to this charming gem to enjoy their highly coveted donuts, (also known as bombas in Italian), lemon cookies, tartelettes, cannolis, foccacia breads, and the list goes on.
You can even stop by Café Dei Campi for a savoury salad and soup during lunch hours. And of course, you can order an espresso or a cappuccino with almond milk and sip as you gaze upon the park and ponder if you should have a second cannoli.
You would never guess from the rich and delectable taste of these streamlined vegan cakes that they’re healthy for you. Rawesome creates organic and nutritious raw cakes that are gluten-free, soy-free, and cholesterol-free and can be found in health stores in Montreal and surrounding areas.
There are several flavours of cakes to try, like Pure Chocolate Pleasure, which is a white chocolate creamy cake and Lime In The Coconut, made with a crunchy coconut-cashew crust and one of the most popular options. Rawesome is also known for their cultured cashew cream cheeses that are also available in health stores.
This summer, Rawesome will be launching a unique vegan ice cream just in time for Montreal’s beautiful summer weather and also opening a boutique style storefront at their current pick-up location. I cannot wait to sit outside on a warm and sunny day and enjoy the new Rawesome ice cream!
151, rue Gounod, Montreal, QC H2R 1A8
438-939-9575 | http://www.rawesome.ca