There are countless ways to come by a vegan cake—homemade, semi-homemade (aka box mix), local vegan bakeries, cakes that ship—but the fastest way to get a cake onto your table is to purchase one from the grocery store. You’re already there for tofu and kale, so you might as well pick up an impulse-buy cake. Different supermarkets carry different brands, but you can expect to find at least one of these grab-and-go desserts at a grocer near you. Candles are optional.
1. Just Desserts
Whether you’re a chocolate or vanilla fan, Just Desserts has a wonderfully moist cake for any occasion. The two six-inch vegan cake options include a decadent Vegan Midnight Chocolate Cake and a decorative Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bundt Cake. Afraid of what might happen if left alone in your apartment with an entire cake? Opt for the single-serving chocolate or vanilla vegan cupcakes (or get one of each).
Where to find Just Desserts: Kroger (and affiliate stores), Albertsons, Costco, Target, Whole Foods, and more.
Rubicon’s delightful four-inch cakes are perfect for the intimate and occasional celebration—from work wins to stellar report cards. Choose from the intense Chocolate Blackout or the simple vanilla. For the cupcake crowd, Rubicon offers a vegan version of its Neapolitan flavor—a chocolate cupcake filled with vanilla cream and generously frosted with strawberry buttercream and chocolate chips. Sometimes, we pick up a four-pack of Rubicon cupcakes just because it’s Tuesday, and that should be celebrated.
Where to find Rubicon: Whole Foods, Sprouts, Schnucks, Natural Grocers, and more.
3. Whole Foods Market
It’s a challenge to visit Whole Foods and not stroll through the bakery department to gaze at the impeccably decorated vegan cakes. The signature cookies and cream cake is reliably on display and available for same-day pickup or pre-order. Depending on your local store, you may also find a vegan carrot cake behind the glass bakery display. Shopping for one? Look for generously portioned single slices of these vegan cakes in the bakery grab-and-go section.
4. Vegan Tiramisu Factory
One could argue that tiramisu is a cake, but we’ll leave that debate for another day. While it may not be obvious judging by the name of this vegan bakery, it makes darn good cake. Each single-serving square slice is individually packaged, making these perfect for when the cake craving calls. Flavors include banana, carrot, chocolate, orange, and yes—tiramisu.
Where to find Vegan Tiramisu Factory: Mother’s Market and other natural grocers.
5. Better Bites Bakery
The chocolate-covered cookie dough bites hooked us, and now we can’t get enough of the miniature cake bites, Hostess-esque cupcakes, and full-sized chocolate cake. The Amore Cake—a double-layer, deep chocolate cake frosted with whipped chocolate buttercream and doused with chocolate ganache—is perfect for gifting or hosting. It also freezes well, so if you suddenly need chocolate cake, treat yourself and freeze the rest for the next time the chocolate goblins call to you.
Where to find Better Bites Bakery: Kroger (and affiliate stores), Whole Foods, Wegmans, Target, and more.
Do you know the vegan muffin man? His name is Abe, and recently, he started making the best pound cakes. Each flavor is mouthwateringly moist and deliciously fragrant. You know you’re about to bite into the ginger spice variety because you can smell the sweet and spicy aroma as soon as you peel back the plastic wrap. Some flavors—such as the zucchini bread, banana bread, blueberry, and coffee cake—are wonderful for breakfast or tea time. For a more decadent dessert experience, the chocolate, vanilla, and Ultimate Vanilla don’t disappoint.
Where to find Abe’s: Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Sprouts, Fresh Thyme, and more.
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