Babycakes NYC in…LA?!

My friends and I have been making as many vegan field trips into LA as possible the past few weeks because we figure, the deeper into the semester we get, the less feasible such trips will be. And, c’mon, second to New York City, LA definitely has the most vegan restaurants of any US city! (Obviously not talking about the number of vegan restaurants per capita…I think Portland would win that.)

First on our list was Babycakes NYC, which just opened their LA location a few weeks ago!

We went late in the day, so about half of their displays were empty. :( Even so, we didn’t exactly go hungry.

I got a vanilla spelt cupcake with chocolate frosting, but my first bite was a little unnerving. The frosting was sort of salty, and the cupcake was dry with a weird aftertaste. The staff at Babycakes was super sweet though, and immediately allowed me to replace it. I must have gotten a dud. Either way, I don’t mean this to be a negative review because they were so great about getting me a new one as soon as I expressed my discontent.

My second (and much more delicious!) cupcake was a gluten-free banana cupcake.

Although I generally prefer less sweet banana baked goods, like banana bread, this cupcake was still extremely yummy. The cupcake was moist and flavorful, and the frosting was perfect as well–just a little bit tart and cream cheese-y, but still sweet enough to qualify as a cupcake topper.

Still, not even my banana cupcake was as good as the gluten-free chocolate brownie cupcakes that my three friends got. I would definitely opt for that one next time!

Naturally, we had to take a bunch of baked goodies to go–who knows when we’ll be back next? I picked up a cinnamon bun and a chipwich.

Did I say cinnamon bun? I meant Skinny Bun! At least, that’s what Babycakes calls ’em! All I have to say about this spelt bun was that it rocked my breakfast world. A bit crumbly on the inside, but, hey–this was the next day, reheated in a microwave! It wasn’t overly sweet, the raisins were a nice touch, and I loved the buttery mouthfeel provided by the coconut oil!

Don’t worry, I didn’t eat my Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich for breakfast (even I have some discipline). But I did eat it as a snack!

Made with two gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, and a gob of vanilla frosting, this guy was even better than its ice cream counterpart that I’ve had in the past. First of all, you don’t have to worry about meltage. Second, this chipwich was just plain good–no explanation needed. Super sweet frosting, check. Crunchy cookies with a bit of salt to complement sweet frosting, check.

Finally, I had a slice of GF Lemon Poppyseed bread that my friend James gave to me. I slathered it with some TJ’s Reduced Sugar Strawberry Jam, and called it a morning.

Who knew lemon and strawberry went so well together? (Well, obviously I did, but whatever.)

Whether you’re in NYC or LA, I definitely recommend hitting up your local Babycakes. The worst that can happen is that you get a mediocre cupcake that you’re more than welcome to exchange for another (though I don’t think that’s likely), and the best that can happen is that you’re admitted into wheat-free dessert heaven. Your choice.

Next time, I’m going bright ‘n early though, so I can take my pick from a fully stocked display. I have a hankering for on of their “toasties,” and maybe that GF brownie cupcake. ;)

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13 responses to “Babycakes NYC in…LA?!

  1. I've heard such mixed reviews about BabyCakes that I'm dying to try them out for myself. Sounds like your experience was, overall, a good one. Then again, they don't have to worry at this point given their popularity! ;)

  2. I'm glad to hear you liked it. I've heard such mixed reviews, I've gone to NYC many times with intentions of going, but just never quite ended up there.

  3. If I'm ever in NYC or LA I definitely intend on hitting Babycakes up despite the mixed reviews. I hope more vegan wheatfree/gf open up in the future!

  4. The Voracious Vegan

    I've heard mixed reviews of Babycakes but I absolutely adore the cookbook, so I think I would be thrilled to go there. Your photos are just beautiful, so delicate, and pretty! Everything looks delicious, but especially that chocolate chip cookies sandwich!

  5. Thank you so much for posting this review about our new LA bakery, Nora! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit, the cookie sandwich and Skinny Bun! Thank you also for posting these beautiful photos and for sharing your experience. We will see you again soon!Love,BabyCakes NYC

  6. That cookie sandwich looks FANTASTIC. Oh, yum. I'll be in NYC in two weeks and can't wait to check out Babycakes! Lemme at those gluten-free cupcakes!

  7. Love it!

  8. While I haven't had the opportunity to sample much of their menu here in NYC, I do know they make a mean frosting, at least…

  9. Indiana long term disability attorney

    Wow, I'm impressed with all of these delicious photos. Yum! Great post.

  10. Oh yum everything looks delicious! Your photographs are beautiful :)

  11. My husband and I went to Baby Cakes in NYC a couple months ago, and I think that was when he was officially converted to veganism. He’s been veg his whole life and had a love affair with dairy, but now he’s seeing how AMAZING vegan goods can be. PS. I love your blog!

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