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Vegan and gluten-free bakeries in New York

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It’s difficult to plan your big day, especially when you have to take food allergies and dietary restrictions into account.

But if you or some of your guests live a gluten-free or vegan lifestyle, choosing to serve a wedding cake that meets certain nutritional demands will provide all of your guests with a healthier option. Fortunately, some of the best bakeries in New York offer delectable vegan or gluten-free wedding cakes that don’t skimp on flavor.

“The food has to be exceptional, especially on your wedding day,” says Tully Phillips, owner of Tu-Lu’s Bakery, Manhattan’s first 100-percent, gluten-free bakery. “Our clients feel confident serving all of their guests a gluten-free wedding cake from our bakery because everyone finds it delicious.”

Go vegan or gluten-free on your wedding day and you will pull off the seemingly impossible – serving healthy food that is also tasty!

Now that’s what we call “sweet!”

Bakeries:

Babycakes NYC

This iconic New York City bakery is a favorite far and wide and offers vegan, kosher, and gluten-, sugar-, soy-, dairy-, and egg-free goods. Cakes and other baked goodies are low on the aforementioned ingredients but are still big on taste.

[248 Broome St. between Ludlow and Orchard streets in Manhattan, (212) 677–5047]

Clementine Bakery

Brooklyn is home to this vegan, organic bakery known for its brownies and seasonal pumpkin cheesecake. All items are dairy-free and made with organic ingredients. You can also choose almond or coconut milk instead of soy. Both vegan and gluten-free options are available.

[299 Greene Ave. between Classon and Franklin avenues in Brooklyn, (718) 483–8788]

Pip’s Place

A mother’s love for her child knows no bounds, especially when it comes to baking that child yummy, healthy treats. Denise Cummings created Pip’s Place when she had to reinterpret family recipes when her daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder exacerbated by gluten. Foodie favorites include raisin scones, gingersnaps, and sticky pecan buns. Pip’s offers both vegan and gluten-free options.

[127 E. 39th St. between Park and Lexington avenues in Manhattan, (646) 823–9393]

Peacefood Cafe

Peacefood is a popular, upscale vegan bakery revered for its peanut butter chocolate cheesecake and grasshopper sandwich (mint filling between two gluten-free cookies), Peacefood also creates wedding cakes and other baked delights in both vegan and gluten-free varieties.

[460 Amsterdam Ave. between 82nd and 83rd streets in Manhattan, (212) 362–2266 and 41 E. 11th St. between Broadway and University Place in Manhattan, (212) 979-2288]

Tu-Lu’s Bakery

Tu-Lu’s is the first bakery to offer only 100 percent gluten-free yummies and is recognized for its gorgeous wedding cakes. “We wholeheartedly believe in gluten freedom for all!” is the bakery’s motto, which relays the passion baked into each item. Favorites include the red velvet cake with vanilla cream cheese icing and the chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Tu-Lu’s offers spouses-to-be several options for dessert.

“Most couples are choosing the classic, tiered wedding cakes,” says Phillips. “However, we are receiving a lot of requests for dessert buffets. This includes a lovely variety of either regular size or mini items such as cupcakes, coffee cakes, brownies, cookies, pies, and more. Some couples are opting for several cakes in different sizes and flavors, with similar decor elements.

And what if family members demand that that there be a traditional wedding cake made from eggs, butter, and regular flour at your wedding?

Many savvy couples are opting for both. “They often order a separate vegan cake or vegan cupcakes,” says Phillips.

Buttery sweets mixed with healthier treats? Sounds like everybody wins.

[338 E. 11th St. between First and Second avenues in Manhattan, (212) 777–2227]

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