Parlour Vegan Bakery perfects the “vegan taste”

Most of our favorite desserts are pretty easy to make, with many of them requiring a few key ingredients: milk, eggs and butter. These kitchen classics create a base for all the deliciousness that treats such as cupcakes and cakes offer.

So how do you curb your sweet tooth without any of them and have it taste good? You go to Parlour Vegan Bakery.

Photo by Alyssa Forman
Photo by Alyssa Forman

With it’s flagship location in Plantation, Parlour opened its doors a little farther north in September and has become a must-try for coffee aficionados and ethical eaters alike. It’s also a great place for non-vegan eaters to introduce their palates to vegan options, meaning items that are made sans the basics like butter, cream, eggs and meat.

From pizza rolls and spinach empanadas to cupcakes and donuts, Parlour offers a menu to please the masses. And the best part is that it doesn’t “taste vegan”. Coming from a girl who grew up on creamy Italian dishes and homemade desserts, that’s saying a lot.

Photo by Alyssa Forman
Photo by Alyssa Forman

There’s also a great coffee selection. Featuring Panther coffee, which was voted the best coffee in Florida by the Huffington Post, you can’t go wrong with your morning kick. Sweeten it up with a variety of syrups and milks, including soy, coconut, almond and macadamia. Don’t worry, there’s locally blended tea too, if that’s more up your alley.

What makes Parlour really special is the creativity that comes with its food menu. Savory options, like the empanadas, offer texture and the perfect amount of seasoning in every bite. They’re also filling, meaning you won’t have to feel guilty about jonesing for a burger an hour after.

Be prepared to take your treats to-go as there’s not really anywhere to sit and hang.

But you haven’t had a true Parlour experience until you’ve sunk your teeth into one of their cupcakes. Embrace your inner child with Butterbeer and Dunkaroo, or try to appease the adult in you with Irish Cream and Jack and Coke – either way, you can’t go wrong.

We even put an assortment of their most popular flavors to the test. See what our non-vegan eating writers had to say:

  1. Cake Batter

This cupcake is the “vanilla” option out of all of Parlour’s cupcakes. And while it wasn’t inedible, it wasn’t our favorite. It has an aftertaste similar to that of Silk milk and is on the sugary side which made it impossible to finish. We suggest trying to be a little more adventurous when choosing!

Cake Batter. Photo by Emily Creighton
Cake Batter. Photo by Emily Creighton
  1. Black Forest

We all liked this one a little better. Though our cake part was a little dry, the cherry filling helped balance that out. The frosting was super rich and would’ve earned this option a higher ranking if the cake matched. But, it’s safe to say that chocolate isn’t much different when in a vegan recipe.

Black Forest. Photo by Emily Creighton
Black Forest. Photo by Emily Creighton
  1. Cookie Dough

We all loved the mixed textures of the Cookie Dough cupcake as it features what seems to be cookie dough inside. Again, it was a little too sugary for our liking, but it did taste exactly like non-vegan cookie dough. So, if you’re someone who doesn’t even bother preheating the oven when baking, it’s worth a try!

Cookie Dough. Photo by Emily Creighton
Cookie Dough. Photo by Emily Creighton
  1. Vanilla Cookies & Cream

We really enjoyed this one. With simpler flavors, it offered a nice balance of cream and sugar. The frosting was especially amazing. Needless to say, we had no trouble eating up this classic.

Vanilla Cookies and Cream. Photo by Emily Creighton
Vanilla Cookies and Cream. Photo by Emily Creighton
  1. Key Lime

Maybe we’re biased because we’re in SoFla, but the Key Lime became a must-try in our opinions. The flavor was there, but it wasn’t overpowering as some key lime items tend to be. It was super refreshing and almost too easy to gobble up!

Key Lime Pie. Photo by Emily Creighton
Key Lime Pie. Photo by Emily Creighton
  1. Dunkaroo

Lastly, we embraced our inner child and fell in love with the Dunkaroo cupcake. It was perfectly moist and got the flavor down to a tee. On top of that, the presentation was really cute and is most definitely Insta-worthy.

Dunkaroo. Photo by Emily Creighton
Dunkaroo. Photo by Emily Creighton

 

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