There’s no better way to spend a Sunday morning than to take a drive up to Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA. My family and I went there last weekend and arrived just after they opened the door. From the outside, it looks like a small store; but there was a huge selection of cakes, whoopie pies, and sticky buns to choose from that morning.
That evening, Jim and I split the chocolate cake that’s decorated like a big Hostess cupcake. It’s a satisfying chocolate, not overbearing and not too sweet; just sweet enough to be tasty and very moist. I wasn’t much of a chocolate cake fan until I started eating vegan chocolate cake; to me, they have been distinctly more moist and delicious than traditional chocolate cake. Most of those old fashioned cakes are just too dry for my taste—and dry chocolate cake is awful. This cake is heavenly; plus, it’s got a rich chocolate ganache topping and a nondairy cream filling that tastes just as good as cream from a cow. Not only is this cake dairy free, but it’s cholesterol free as well—who could ask for anything better than that? It tastes so much fresher and more satisfying than a store bought packaged cupcake, too.
This afternoon, I tried the carrot cake. It’s decorated like a traditional carrot cake, with the white “cream cheese” frosting and piped carrots on the top. This is a mini layer cake, just like the previous one, so there are two layers of cake and a top layer of frosting with another sandwiching the cake layers. The cake itself tastes like a traditional carrot cake, sans the icky pineapple, and isn’t as dense. The icing is an important part of this type of cake; since the cake itself is usually not very sweet, the icing is used to balance the carrot and give more sweetness. I’m not sure if they use regular sugar, agave, or another alternative; but because it gave my mouth a burst of sweetness when I ate it with the cake, I really enjoyed it.
The other cake I sampled today is the Death by Chocolate cake. Again, it’s a small cake—probably meant to be eaten by one or two people at most. It’s a chocolate cake, with a layer of chocolate ganache in the middle, chocolate mousse on top, covered with more ganache, and decorated with mini chocolate pieces stuck to the ganache. It looks like the kind of cake Pinhead from Hellraiser would eat. What a treat! The different types of chocolate combinations in this cake are what make it so special. They all worked together to give my mouth the best chocolate party ever. I think this one is my favorite. If you love chocolate or know someone who does and would like a special treat, you have to try this cake. You won’t be disappointed.
(visit Vegan Treats at 1444 Linden Street in Bethlehem, PA. You can also visit their unique web site at http://www.vegantreats.com)