Looking to get a healthy and dairy-free cake for your vegan friends? The pretty cakes from The Vege Lab won’t disappoint
Plant-based food is trending, hello 2018! Not only can you locate a fascinating array of vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong, there are also endless options for vegan cakes and vegan ice-cream across the city. Yes, gluten-free or vegan cakes sometimes can easily fall apart and might not taste as indulgent as traditional cakes. However, The Vege Lab has managed to deliver great vegan cakes that make vegans (being me) and meat eaters (my colleagues) lick the plate clean. See why this online artisanal cake brand is so special.
Who is the creative baker behind The Vege Lab?
Yuki Chan, founder of The Vege Lab, is an enthusiast baker and a twenty-two-year-old who is fresh out of university. After finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences (Politics and Public Administration), Yuki decided to go big or go home and start her own online cake business – The Vege Lab – in July 2018.
As a vegetarian for about two years herself and transitioning to veganism, she has noticed the difficulty of finding quality vegan sweet treats in Hong Kong, and the fact that people who suffer from lactose-intolerance and celiac disease are often deprived of the joy of eating cakes. That’s why The Vege Lab is here, to help promote veganism by serving pretty-looking and delicious vegan cakes to everyone.
What did I try?
Made with hazelnut flour, dark chocolate and soy milk, the vegan chocolate hazelnut cake smells amazing (just like chocolate praline) and tastes scrumptious. The dark chocolate gives it a whole new depth of flavour, while the creamy icing adds a bit of sweetness. The sponge is super soft and moist, and everything just comes together so well. I can’t complain, it’s definitely one of the best vegan chocolate cakes I’ve had in Hong Kong.
While the chocolate hazelnut cake is exotic and satisfying, the pumpkin bundt cake is a heartier option. Made with unbleached flour, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger powder, the autumn scents to me are comforting. And even though it’s drizzled with syrup, the cake till holds its fluffiness.
Personally, I really like the fact that The Vege Lab is big on unconventional flavours. Some of Yuki’s other signature creations include the earl grey cake, the chai latte salted caramel cake and the passionfruit white chocolate cake… Creativity at its peak!
Would I go back for The Vege Lab?
Yes, yes, yes. Having been a vegan for six years myself, I know how hard it’s to find good vegan cakes in Hong Kong that aren’t too sweet, too dense or too crumbly. But The Vege Lab has honestly impressed me, big thumbs up.
Shop vegan cakes at The Vege Lab here
Looking for more vegetarian and vegan inspiration in the city? Read our guide to the best vegetarian restaurants in Mong Kok, sample vegan comfort food at Confusion Plant Based Kitchen or find out what it’s like to go 30 days raw vegan.