Monday, October 3, 2011

The Best Bakery Ever: Wildflour Vegan Bakery

It's not very often that I stumble upon a completely vegan bakery, let alone one that can hold its own to any respectable non-vegan bakery. I was so excited when I heard about Wildflour Vegan Bakery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and knew I had to make the trip to pick up some baked goods. Luckily, we were already heading there to dine at Garden Grill, which is two doors down in the same strip mall.  The bakery is quite large and has cases of a variety of cookies, muffins, scones, cakes and cupcakes. They even offer vegan milkshakes and enticing healthy food to go along with their amazing baked goods. It was so hard to make a choice and since we had a groupon for $14 (purchased for $7), we had to purchase a generous amount of pastries. After much discussion, we settled upon three cookies ($2 each) and three cupcakes ($3 each).

On the first night, we ate the cookies (one chocolate chip and two peanut butter). Unfortunately, one of the peanut butter cookies broke in the bag, although it still tasted delicious.

The peanut butter was my favorite of the two. It was slightly crunchy and had a strong peanut butter taste. It was slightly salty, which worked perfectly to balance out the sweetness of the cookie. The chocolate chip cookie was also good. It was soft and gooey with a buttery flavor. The chocolate chips gave the cookie a rich taste, but it was not overly sweet.

On the second day, we had the chocolate peanut butter cupcake.

This cupcake was the best, hands down. The frosting was amazing and had a rich, peanut butter flavor. It was very succulent and had the most lovely texture. The cake was so moist and chocolatey, with a wonderful peanut butter flavoring. The interior was so gooey and heavenly. On top, there was a crunchy, chocolate peanut butter concoction, resembling a reese's peanut butter cup. It really took the cupcake over the top.

On the next night, we had the black forest cupcake.

This cupcake was also very delicious. The frosting was so creamy and very sweet, although not sickeningly so. It had a slightly buttery taste. The cake was very soft and moist and had a rich chocolate flavor. The best part was the cherry filling, which added a wonderful tart flavor to the dessert. The chocolate shavings and cherry topping were a great addition to the cupcake and made it so superb.

On the last night, we had the red velvet cupcake.

The red velvet cupcake seems to be the easiest cupcake to veganize, as it is the cupcake variety I see the most often at bakeries and cupcake shops. Wildflour's version is definitely my favorite of all the one's I've tried thus far. The frosting was so luscious and had a rich cream cheese flavor. The cake was also  wonderful, although not as chocolatey as the other cakes. The taste of cocoa was rich and decadent with a very subtle bitterness. I love that bits of the cake were sprinkled on top, as it helped ensure the cupcake was not too sweet.

I can honestly declare that Wildflour Vegan Bakery is the best bakery I've been to vegan or not. Surprisingly, my non-vegan parents said the same thing. I am so jealous of people who live in Rhode Island and would seriously consider moving there just so I could get Wildflour's baked goods every day. The menu items are quite affordable, given that they are made from high quality ingredients and are big portions. With the groupon, we only spent $8 total. It was such a great deal. I plan on returning on my next visit and stocking up on their delicious baked goods.

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