Hurrah! Starbucks have joined Pret in offering something other than bird food for vegans wanting a sweet treat with their coffee. While many seem to love Costa’s Oat Bake and Paradise Slices, I’m not that fussed. A cake topped with seeds screams ‘health food’ and, while some may want that in the vegan community, I feel ‘normalising’ vegan options to the rest of the world is the way to turn everyone onto the side of the animals. A Victoria Sponge Cake made without eggs would be a great way to get others to give our alternatives a try.
Pret’s delicious Dark Chocolate Cookie is so decadent that I don’t think anyone would realise it wasn’t full of dairy. I was hoping that another high street chain would follow their lead and launch something chocolatey too and it seems Starbucks have picked up on the increasing growth in the vegan market.
I will counter my fanfare with the standard ‘I’d prefer to support independents’ line. A large amount of Canny Food’s time is spent trying to promote local businesses and this won’t change. I do like showing how easy it is to find vegan options on the high street, however, as not everyone lives in a place as vegan-friendly as Newcastle.
Starbuck’s Vegan Chocolate and Raspberry Cake was launched this week and there was a lot of chatter online. I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting much when I saw a canape-sized morsel in the display cabinet. I hoped for a big wedge! The proof is in the pudding – cake, in this case – so got it to go. I’d have picked up one of their new sandwiches too, had they not completely sold out!
The cake itself isn’t particularly big and equates to around 3 bites.. depending on how big your mouth is. It is reasonably moist and sweet, with the raspberry crumb providing a sharp tart contrast against the sugary chocolate ganache topping.
I hope the fact it is clearly labelled as the vegan option doesn’t put others off giving it a try as it is pretty decent. I have pretty small hands so this should give you an idea of how small it is. It also is smaller than their standard treats too.
At £1.99 to takeaway and £2.39 for eat in it isn’t badly priced as vegan options on the high street go. I’d definitely have it again and would even consider popping to their drive-thru or coffee shops if it was a convenient option. I’m sure that will be music to Gavin’s ears as he’s a complete Starbucks nut.
Thanks for reading,