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The vegan lifestyle has gained momentum in recent years, and it shows no sign of stopping. An increasing number of Americans have choosen to eliminate all meat and animal byproducts from their diet for environmental, health, or moral reasons, and that decision doesn't stop just because you're getting married. Plenty of caterers can work with your dietary restrictions to create a delicious, animal-free wedding menu, but vegan brides-to-be face an especially difficult task when it comes to finding a wedding cake made without any milk, eggs, butter, or cream.
Thankfully, more and more bakeries are accepting the challenge, and several have started crafting delicious and beautiful desserts suited to the vegan diet. Here are seven stunning vegan wedding cakes from bakeries across the country, proving that vegan brides can enjoy their sweets too!
A Marbled Beauty
Half Baked Co. in Burbank, California, believes that brides with dietary restrictions should still have the wedding cake of their dreams. According to owner Carolyn Van Buskirk, the high-end bakery produces vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free items with "half the fat and sugar, but twice the flavor and taste." All the cakes at Half Baked Co.—like this three-tiered, fondant-covered marble beauty—are made with vegan alternatives like wheat flour, applesauce, and almond milk.
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Marilyn DeVault, founder and owner of Piece of Cake Bakery in Portland, Oregon, says the secret to a successful vegan wedding cake is amazing taste. That's why her bakery offers an impressive range of vegan cake flavors, including Irish oatmeal, carrot, lemon coconut, red velvet, cranberry orange ginger, and "the beloved chocolate"—all with different filling and decoration options. This textured vegan wedding cake features natural rosemary accents, making it a dramatic décor piece for a rustic outdoor ceremony.
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A Touch of Whimsy
Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Vegan Treats Bakery aims to "change people's perceptions of vegan food while simultaneously educating them on the issues animals face," according to owner Danielle Konya. The plant-based vegan bakery offers countless wedding cake flavors, from classic Tahitian vanilla bean paired with raspberry to decadent Dutch chocolate with peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache. This particular cake embraces an Alice in Wonderland theme with its five-tiered design, bold color palette, and quirky details.
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Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery in New York City can whip up a vegan version of any of their wedding cakes. Manager Jamie Rosenberg says that elaborately tiered creations are a hit with customers. The two-layer frosted cake pictured above has vibrant floral accents and a larger-than-life topper, which adds expressive personality to the dessert.
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Erin McKenna realized that finding a delicious and moist vegan cake was nearly impossible, so she opened the nation's first-ever vegan and gluten-free bakery, Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, in 2005. The bakery's most popular vegan wedding cake is brownie-flavored with vanilla icing, but they also bake vegan vanilla, carrot, banana, and pumpkin flavors. McKenna carefully crafts the details of her treats, like the eye-catching icing pattern on this delicious and romantic dessert.
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According to owner Amy Beck, Amy Beck Cake Design began offering vegan cakes out of necessity. "So many people started asking for it that we just started working on recipes," she said. "This also helps our clients that are allergic to dairy—they can eat our vegan selections." The Chicago-based bakery sells chocolate- and vanilla-flavored vegan cakes, like this five-tiered, fondant-covered showstopper. The intricate green-stemmed flowers add visual interest to the elegant cake.
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Rustic and Autumnal
Tired of not-so-great vegan wedding cakes, Jennie Scheinbach founded Pattycake Bakery in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003. Her creations are 100% natural and vegan, with substitutions like organic fruit preserves instead of chemical flavoring agents. The bakery, which is most known for its delicious pistachio rosewater cake, serves many non-vegan customers—and most can't even tell the difference! The rustic autumnal cake pictured above has a unique charm, thanks to the off-kilter layers balanced upon wooden stands.
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