Lovely tender layers, slathered with sweet frosting – all dairy-free and egg-free, yet impressive enough to dazzle all of your sweets-loving guests? If it sounds too good to be true, then you’ve yet to discover Vegan Goodness Layer Cakes from Cafe Indigo.
Granted, it’s hard not to give 5 stars to an indulgent celebration-worthy dessert. Sure, that perfect bakery texture can be a little trickier without eggs and dairy, but once you’ve got the formula down, pretty much all of our tasters are going to love a sweet baked good. And the bakers at Cafe Indigo have definitely managed to accomplish that perfect crumb with their Vegan Goodness Layer Cakes.
We served up slices of the Chocolate Cake and Carrot Cake to close friends, neighbors and even the staff at my doctor’s office – likely none of which follow a dairy-free, let alone vegan diet – and the positive responses were unanimous. I disclosed to all that the cakes weren’t baked in my kitchen, so there was no need for false praise. But even so, all we heard were gushes of praise, and not a one questioned that they were anything different from “normal” bakery cakes.
The Chocolate Cake was rich and quite moist, yet spot on “cakey” with a mild semi-sweet chocolate flavor to appeal to youthful palates and sophisticated tastes alike. Admittedly (I’ll probably get some hate email for this), I’m not a fan of chocolate cake. I still enjoyed it, but mostly because of the frosting. Milky, super-sweet and with the slight heft of homemade (versus those horrible, bland, airy bakery icings), the addictive frosting served double duty, not only acting as a necessary topper, but also locking in moisture.
Okay, if I’m being really honest, I don’t love cake in general – with one exception: Carrot Cake. Like the chocolate, this Vegan Goodness layer cake had a delightful crumb, perhaps just a touch higher in moisture. But it also had that something special known as grated carrots and flavorful spices. And lest you think that dairy-free cream cheese is just too weird – everyone LOVED the frosting.
Note that Cafe Indigo used to be a full bakery and cafe, but they closed the storefront. They have since partnered with Pearl River Pastry, and are delivering their goodies to other retailers. Vegan Goodness Layer Cakes are sold in stores (like Whole Foods, local bakeries, etc – mostly in the northeast, but expanding!) and can be chilled and frozen – they are packaged very securely and tightly. We actually ate ours from frozen since I didn’t have a good tasting plan lined up when they arrived.
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on the Vegan Goodness Layer Cakes.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Vegan Goodness Layer Cakes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Cafe Indigo website at www.cafeindigo.com.