The Stumptown Vegans are joined by special guests Alex Wrekk, David Agranoff, Maeve and Crystal for a lengthy blind taste test and critical discussions of vegan muffins, scones, chocolate cake/cupcakes, gluten-free selections, and cheesecake from local vegan baked goods providers.
For every item sampled, the participants assigned it a score on a 1-10 scale. The points were then tallied and entered into the charts below, percentage wise. Detailed, immediate feedback is on the podcast episode. The individual scores for each bakery item were combined. If an individual did not provide a score, an average score of 5 was utilized.
Enough with the semi-scientific talk, onto the our discussion group’s picks for Portland’s best vegan bakery items!
The Bakeries in the Blind Taste Test:
- Back to Eden Bakery & Boutique
- Blacksheep Baking Co.
- Blossoming Lotus
- Dovetail Bakery
- Monkey Wrench Vegan Bakery
- Portobello (formerly of Cherry Bomb)
- Sweetpea Baking Co.
As you can see, and probably guessed – favorites were very divided, and each bakery rated highly! It was fascinating, there were rounds were someone would give a 1, and someone else would give a 10. There was another round where Costco was jokingly, and somehow, fondly, namedropped about 3-4 times.
Please click on the graphs if you cannot see them clearly enough!
If your favorite items were missing, or you have any suggestions, please let us know!
Disclaimers and Set Up:
This podcast contains a no-holds barred, colorful, opinionated conversation amongst delightfully spoiled Portlanders, who all eventually succumb, on air, to sugar overload. The showdown is based on items acquired on a specific weekend, and purchased with the Stumptown Vegans’ own money. We were not able to attain everything uniformly, and were missing items normally available from some bakeries. That’s just how the cookie crumbled.
For example, there are chocolate cupcakes and cake reviewed in one category, and generally available scones missing from another. We did not place any special orders.
Even as Stumptown Vegans, we purchased independently and were not aware of where each item was from.
There are vegan-friendly bakeries missing. If they bake your favorite items, or you disagree with our results, please share!
We do not know when items were baked or prepared.
We aimed to have at least 3 selections for every category.
Various Baked Goods Tasted:
Serious Cookie Business
Behind the Scenes: Portobello (formerly Cherrybomb) cupcakes and Monkey Wrench Snickerdoodle, both picked up from Red & Black Cafe
From Black Sheep:
The final course: Cheesecake!