Five decadent sweet deliveries that cater to vegan or gluten-free diets
While it’s true that vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular in today’s more progressive culinary age, it’s also inevitable that even those who are most dedicated to the carb-free or plant-powered lifestyle are likely to have natural cravings for traditional dairy or dough-based desserts. Luckily, there are now a huge range of viable and delicious delivery options that are just as good – if not better – than the original. Here are some of the best sweet treats catering to today’s dietary requirements.
Doughnuts from Crosstown
This spring, Crosstown are welcoming a brand new doughnut box to their nationwide offering, including two new seasonal flavours and a vegan take on one of our favourite French desserts. The plant-based Crème Brûlée doughnut is available to order for store collection and delivery across London and Cambridge, crafted with Crosstown’s award-winning vegan sourdough, filled with smooth Tongan vanilla custard and topped with caramelised sugar. Then there are the spring offerings: first another vegan delight, the Yuzu Scroll with Berry Lime Glaze – Crosstown’s vegan sourdough is coated in Japanese yuzu compote and rolled up to create light layers before being glazed whilst warm with berry and lime icing – and then a solid veggie option, the Rhubarb Lemon Olive Oil – Luminous pink forced Yorkshire rhubarb compote layered between Crosstown’s fluffy cake dough, which is then dipped in a tangy Sicilian lemon olive oil icing and finished with a dusting of red berry powder. Customers will be able to purchase the flavours in-store, for same-day delivery and collection individually (£4.50) and as part of Crosstown’s Favourites, Vegan and Nut-Free (ve) doughnut boxes (£22). Order online here.
Cookies from Floozies
Floozie, a 100% vegan “stuffed cookie” concept by ex-Claridge’s Pastry Chef Kimberly Lin, is launching a delicious seasonal flavour for May: Cherry Bakewell – a buttery vanilla cookie stuffed with homemade sour cherry jam, coated with flaked almonds and a drizzle of icing, and finished with a glacé cherry! Available to order for nationwide delivery and takeaway from their Covent Garden branch, Floozie is inspired by the rebellious 1920s, is an all-vegan stuffed cookie concept knocking out plant-powered treats. Far from regular cookies, the stuffed cookies – baked on-site daily – are bursting with a variety of plant-powered sauces and chocolates like date caramel, speculoos cream, and dark chocolate ganache. Accessible, fun, but most importantly delicious, Floozie is an inclusive brand baking cookies for all – not just limited to vegans. Enjoy the likes of Cinnamon Crunch (vanilla cookie, coated with crispy cinnamon cereal, stuffed with rich speculoos cream and topped with a light icing drizzle), Chocolate Chunk (Blonde cookie packed with milk and dark chocolate pieces, stuffed with a soft dark chocolate ganache and topped with a dark and milk chocolate melt) and one rotating seasonal special. Order online here.
Pudding kits from Mon Dessert
Mon Dessert offer incredibly instagrammable, fun and delicious DIY dessert-kits. With an array of French-inspired patisseries available through one-off purchase and subscription, they are the perfect solution for those times when a lack of organisation gets the better of you and no pubs have spare seating. The kit of this month is the Tarte au Citron (Lemon Tart) a light, tangy and a crunchy crowd pleaser. Arriving with pre-weighed ingredients, easy-to-follow recipe cards and all the necessary kitchen tools, making wow-factor desserts could not, in fact, be simpler. There’s something special about a friend or loved one taking the time to home make something especially for you, and with Mon Dessert there’s practically guaranteed success – avoiding even a hint of a kitchen disaster. Catering to all diets with gluten-free and vegan options available and a strong attention to sustainability, Mon Dessert has aims to lead the way in providing environmentally friendly home-delivery kits for everyone. Newly introduced reusable and packaging from recycled materials, responsibly sourced ingredients, including organic and Fairtrade produce whenever possible, and teaming up with 1% for the Planet is just the start. Order online here.
Mini Cupcakes from Cutter & Squidge
Cutter & Squidge’s new range of mini cupcakes are the perfect way to treat yourself without indulging in a big cake or other goodies. Despite the bitesize proportions of these tasty treats, the London bakery don’t compromise on big flavours and beautiful designs that will get your mouth watering. Each mini cupcake is egg-free, delicately dipped in chocolate and filled with sweet delights. What’s more, there are also two delicious vegan options, Chocolate Birthday – a heavenly chocolate cupcake filled with caramel and topped with chocolate buttercream, dipped in dark chocolate and finished off with cute confetti sprinkles – and Chocolate Hazelnut – a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cupcake filled with a delightful hazelnut spread, topped with chocolate buttercream and then dipped in dark chocolate with a scattering of sweet hazelnut bresilienne. Similar to their normal cupcake delivery, they bake every order by hand and send them to doors anywhere in the UK so you can tuck into your plant-based box as soon as possible. Whether you choose to get the mini cupcakes delivered for yourself or a friend, there’s no better way to put a smile on someone’s face. Order online here.
Brownies from Chococo
Award-winning and pioneering Dorset-based artisan chocolatier Chococo presents its new gluten-free Chocolate Brownie Boxes, offering up delicious award-winning bakes to pre-order for delivery each week and then enjoy fresh in the comfort of your own home. There are three different tempting flavours to choose from (although the team will also launch short-term limited-edition flavours), all made with 67% Madagascar origin dark chocolate. Choose from Gold Great Taste 2020 award-winning Squidgy Pecan, Dorset Sea Salt Caramel or Gold, Cocoa Nib and Sea Salt. This month you can also get your hands on a Cherry Bakewell Brownie Box, packed with Dorset made cherry jam and topped with crunchy almond flakes. All options are also available as part of an indulgent bundle. Baked to order, the brownies are posted within hours in 100% plastic-free packaging on a 24-hour delivery to ensure they arrive fresh. Orders must be placed by 5pm Monday for baking and posting every Wednesday. Order online here.
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