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Treat Yourself to Melbourne's Best Vegan Cakes and Sweets

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by Justine de Jonge (subscribe)
Justine de Jonge is a Melbourne freelance travel writer and blogger who loves travelling the vegan road. She also loves blogging about her vegan travels at www.fireandtea.com .
Published July 21st 2022
Loads of vegan sweetness found in Melbourne
Sweet treats and vegan food go hand-in-hand in Melbourne, and you'll find the best vegan cakes throughout the city. Here, you can find vanilla slices to lamingtons and jam-filled doughnuts; the cakes that define typical Australian favourites. You can also find cheesecakes, sponge cakes, gateau and pastries that celebrate Melbourne's multicultural vibe. Melbourne knows how to make good vegan cakes and treats.

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Photo credit: Power Plant


So, why Melbourne? Melbourne is the third most vegan-friendly city in the world; home to many skilled vegan cake makers. Furthermore, Melbourne has a rich coffee and café culture which is regularly voted as one of the world's best coffee-lover destinations.

For these reasons, Melbourne makes vegan cakes the perfect pairing with a hot beverage. Coffee and cake is definitely a thing in Melbourne so it's the perfect excuse to explore the city's vegan cafés and makers of sweet treats.

Conscious Cravings Co. in Mordialloc

Conscious Cravings Co is famous for its raw, refined sugar-free vegan slices and cakes. They use high-quality organic or pesticide-free ingredients as well as local produce where possible. But don't let the word raw turn you away; Conscious Cravings Co.'s gorgeous creations are big on flavour.

Make your order for a cup of warming coffee and a slice as you sit back outside (or indoors) while listening to waves from nearby Parkdale Beach. Their peanut butter crunch tart or lemon tart with sprigs of lavender are tasty choices, while a simple slice of banana bread is a favourite (non-raw) among regulars.

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Photo credit: Conscious Cravings


Mister Nice Guy's BakeShop in Ascot Vale

This is a must-try destination for anyone who wants to try vegan cakes in Melbourne. Not only is Mister Nice Guy's a bake shop, but it's a quaint café where you can also buy hot drinks. Lucas Cook and Deb Kantor have always loved baking together and they keep thinking of weird and wonderful concoctions for vegan cake recipes. In addition, customers with food intolerances aren't forgotten, either. Their freshly baked raspberry gluten-free muffins are particularly tasty. Or, try something savoury like their vegan Cheezymite Scrolls.

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Photo credit: Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop


Power Plant in Templestowe

Power Plant is a bright and vibrant café in the outer north east. This includes lots of vegan cakes and baked treats. You can try the many vegan cakes in the cabinet with an element of surprise because the choices change constantly.

You'll find an abundance of hot drinks here including good coffee and tea, as well as 'specialty' lattes like turmeric, beetroot or red velvet. If you need a cake for a celebration, you can order a cake in advance here. Their 'Funfetti Cookie Cake' will elevate any special occasion.

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Photo credit: Power Plant


Soulpod Foods in Croydon South and Ferntree Gully

Soulpod Foods has two locations in Melbourne's outer-east and both café's stock a never-ending supply of house-made vegan cakes, croissants and muffins. Plus, Soulpod stocks delicious vegan cookies, yo-yos, raw desserts and protein balls. Fresh organic ingredients are used here (where possible), and you'll find a big range of organic teas, coffees, hot chocolate and chai, smoothies and juices.

Come for a quick coffee and cake or stay longer for a casual brunch or lunch and choose hearty meals from their seasonal menus. In addition, the food and vegan cakes can accommodate those with food allergies and intolerances where possible. You can find Soulpod Foods in Croydon South next to Eastfield Organics and in Ferntree Gully inside Wholefood Merchants.

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Photo credit: Soulpod Foods

Gloria in Brunswick

This is a retro café in Brunswick that celebrates community, equality, and sustainability. All meals and treats are made fresh and seasonally without compromising on big vegan tastes.

It's here where you'll find loads of freshly baked treats and gloriously rich cakes. Every day is a surprise and you just don't know what you're going to drool over. If you happen to find their chocolate hazelnut tart in the cabinet, don't delay and buy a slice. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo credit: Gloria - Andrew Chan


V Series in Kew

V Series is a fusion vegetarian café that is incredibly vegan-friendly (half the menu is vegan). They bake all of their vegan cakes and desserts fresh onsite including cupcakes, cheesecakes and a range of delectable French pastries and petit fours. If you have a serious craving for vegan cupcakes in Melbourne, then V Series is where to go. Need to order something to go? Melbourne also has you covered for vegan takeaway cake because the city is home to a number of bakeries and delis.

La Panella Bakery in Preston

Melbourne's Vietnamese community knows how to bake, and La Panella is a vegan cake institution in Melbourne. While it's a vegetarian bakery, La Panella stocks an ample supply of vegan pies, cakes, pasties, sausage rolls, slices and doughnuts, plus hot drinks. Custard tarts and dusted jam-filled doughnuts are more quintessential Aussie fare and you can buy many here.

If you want to buy in bulk, you can. First, choose from La Panella's wide selection of cakes and pastries that are baked daily then have them packaged up in takeaway trays. You can also buy slices and mini tarts, including another Australian favourite – the Hedgehog. This is a chocolate slice filled with walnuts and biscuit (cookie) pieces then smothered in a thick layer of chocolate icing on top. If you need lunch, you can also buy a fresh vegan banh mi.

Smith & Deli in Collingwood

Smith & Deli is the sister-location for the iconic Smith & Daughters restaurant. You'll find both at the one location in Collingwood. Not only can you buy all-vegan groceries including deli vegan meats and cheeses, fresh-cut sandwiches and great coffee, the sweet treats selection is indulgent. Think – jam-filled doughnuts, crispy croissants and chocolate tarts. Order your vegan goodies to go, or stay awhile in the cafeteria and peruse Smith & Deli's all-vegan breakfast and lunch menus.

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Photo credit: Smith Deli - Peter Bosen @auteur_drinks


What about Melbourne's independent vegan makers?

Obviously, vegan cakes and desserts need to be entirely free from animal ingredients like eggs, butter and animal-based milks. So, you'd also be pleased to know that white sugar in Australia hasn't been filtered with charred animal bones since the mid-1990's. Moreover, Australia is the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world according to Euromonitor. As a result, vegan cake-making ingredients and makers are in ample supply.

There are regular markets in Melbourne where you can find delicious vegan cake makers who are testing their latest creations. Vegan-specific markets include The Big Vegan Market, Vegan Market of Melbourne and Vegan Mini Market, while vegan-friendly ones include St Andrews Market, St Kilda's Esplanade Market and Queen Victoria Market. Or, just order direct from the maker.

More of Melbourne's popular and prominent vegan makers to look up:

  • The Compassionate Kitchen

  • Horribly Healthy

  • Lady Rawsome

  • OMG Decadent Donuts

  • Sweet Abandon

  • Choc Chip Hip

  • Evagreen Baking
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