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Published September 9th 2014
Eat like someone removed all of the calories
There's a dream scene in the 2003 chick flick The Sweetest Thing where the love interest of Cameron Diaz's character tells her he's ordered ice cream, and he's had all of the calories removed just for her.
Black Forest Cupcake
Personally, I'd prefer it if my love interest removed all of the dairy. Although being lactose intolerant is super glamorous (kidding) and has heaps of perks (nope), it prevents me from indulging in all manner of traditional goodies – particularly cupcakes.
Enter Mister Nice Guy's husband and wife vegan duo Lucas Cook and Deb Kantor, who have done exactly that; and I feel as guilt-free eating there as I would if someone had said there were zero calories.
Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop have two locations: the bakery at Ascot Vale and a stall at Prahran Market. My first visit was to the Ascot Vale location where I had a roasted vegetable bagel and a cinnamon scroll with a hazelnut milk latte. Everything was delicious, including the plates, which I desperately wanted to pinch.
My second visit was to the stall at Prahran Market during a grocery shop. I love that they have a stall so close to home, because this is something I want in my mouth every weekend. I picked up a Black Forest cupcake, and it was better than the real thing.
Roasted Vegetable Bagel
Although their 'schtick' is cupcakes, they have a whole lot else going on too. Sandwiches, cheesecakes, babka's, scrolls, doughnuts, brownies, pies, raw desserts…and everything is vegan. They also cater to other food intolerances, with some gluten free options thrown in for good measure.
While I am not entirely delusional – there are calories in this and it's a treat (to be had every single weekend) – there's something wonderful about eating food that you know has had thought and real concern put into it. And for me, that's worth feeling guilt-free.