Vegan baking isn’t what it used to be, and thank goodness for that.
In the last couple of decades, veganism has taken off big time from something deemed a diet ‘fad’ on the periphery of societal eating habits to stealing the spotlight on restaurant menus and TV with shows like GBBO and Masterchef dedicating airtime to plant-based food.
Showing it can be just as indulgent and treat-worthy as ‘regular’ treats, there are more products than ever to help you ace your next vegan bake. Being dairy and animal-product free no longer means having to deny your sweet tooth.
On the surface, it might feel impossible to bake great cakes and pastries without an egg, stick of butter or splash of milk used, but this is 2022. WIth more vegan products launching every day, there’s a hack or alternative ingredient for just about anything your dessert-obsessed mind can imagine.
To that end, we’ve rifled through online supermarkets and virtual shelves to present the best vegan baking alternatives to help your kitchen adventures.
From genius swaps for butter and eggs to faux cream cheese that tastes practially indistinguishable from the real thing, stock up on supplies and get ready to master vegan baking.
See our favourites below
Manilife Deep Roast Peanut Butter 295g
Peanut butter is the perfect thing to keep stashed in your vegan pantry, working well in dips, sauces or simply slathered on a hot piece of toast. It’s also a key ingredient in vegan peanut butter cookies. Whether you enjoy crunchy or smooth textures, all of the peanut butters in Manilife’s range are totally vegan-friendly. We like the deep flavour in this jar, which comes from roasting the nuts before they are blended.
Just Wholefoods Vegan Strawberry Jelly
There’s no need to wobble at thethought of never being able to have jelly again, because the food wizards over at have whipped up a wholly vegan version. The quick-set confection sidesteps the use of gelatine to make a jelly that’s the twin of its traditional sister.
Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Bicarbonate Of Soda
When paired with lemon juice or vinegar, baking soda acts as great raising agent in cakes and batters in place of eggs and egg whites. This Waitrose own-label pack comes in a generous 180g size.
Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Organic Raw Fairtrade Coconut Oil
A great substitute for butter, coconut oil is one of those versatile ingredients that you can both in and out of the kitchen. From your baking, to your haircare, coconut oil makes for a moist alternative to butter.
Dr Oetker Gluten Free Baking Powder Tub
A blend of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar, baking powder is another raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. Unlike baking soda, this ingredient doesn’t need to be mixed with an acid to be activated but also isn’t as strong.
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Fairtrade Raw Cacao Nibs
Satisfy those chocolate cravings with these nibs that are composed of a premium quality raw cacao beans that have been broken into small pieces. The nibs are also Fairtrade, organic, gluten-free as well as being vegan.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar will not only help activate baking soda, but also adds a slightly tangy flavour. This Bragg bottle is created from organically grown apples.
KTC Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil is a good plant-based substitute for butter whilst being high in omega 3 and vitamin E.
Jus-Rol Shortcrust Pastry Ready Rolled Sheet
For budding chefs and experts alike, this ready rolled pastry is offered in shortcrust and puff variations to simplify the cooking process. Ideal for toppings, or as the base for delicious fillings, the Jus-Rol Shortcrust pastry sheets are suitable for both vegetarians and vegan since they are made using vegetable fat rather than dairy.
Vegan Egg Replacer - 150g
Omelettes, meringues, cakes and more are back on the menu thanks to this powdered egg replacement product from The Skinny Food Co. It uses corn flour as one of the main ingredients instead.
Renshaw Ready to Roll Fondant Icing
Available in an extensive range of colour variations, this vanilla-flavoured fondant icing will give your bakes a professional finish. Just knead the icing before rolling flat on a surface that’s been lightly covered in icing sugar so that it doesn't stick before covering your cake or cupcakes.
Califia Farms Almond Unsweetened
From almond milk to coconut milk, there are many varieties of dairy-free milk alternatives that can be used in vegan baking. Our favourite is this unsweetened almond blend from Califia Farms – which offers 50 per cent more calcium than cow’s milk.
Green & Black's Organic Fairtrade Cocoa Powder
Made with organic Fairtrade cocoa beans, this versatile ingredient can be used to cook up decadent chocolate cakes, brownies or cookies that everyone will be tempted by.
Sugar and Crumbs Velvet Vanilla Icing Sugar
What would cakes be without frosting? As most icing recipes include dairy products like butter and cream cheese, you’ll need keep a dairy-free version handy if you still want a sweet topping. Our favourite vegan icing sugar is this vanilla-flavoured option from Sugar and Crumbs, which is just the ticket for buttercream, cheesecakes and drizzling.
Sweet Freedom Syrup
Since some sugars are refined with animal-derived bone char, many vegans look for alternative sweeteners when baking. We particularly like Sweet Freedom’s rich flavour in cakes and cookies.
Baking Time Club Confetti Explosion Sprinkles
Some sprinkles are also a no-no for vegans as they contain an insect-derived ingredient to give them a glossy finish. This handmade, confetti-inspired mix is made completely from natural ingredients and colourings – no nasties whatsoever.
Soyatoo Soy Whip Soya Spray
A dollop of whipped cream is the perfect finish touch to many desserts and this soy-based version is a must-have when baking without dairy.