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Cupcakes and Juice and Vegans, oh my!

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that my love for desserts has been well documented. I like to think those treats give me the extra boost I need to get through long training runs. So when I first learned that a vegan bakery and juice bar was opening down the street from my house, you can bet I was beyond excited. A bakery that I could easily walk to?? This could be dangerous…

The Wildflour Vegan Bakery is technically in Pawtucket, right at the point where Hope St becomes East St. But that’s close enough for me. And it’s conveniently located right by Garden Grille, the area’s well-known (and absolutely amazing) vegetarian restaurant.

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According to their website:

The purpose of Wildflour is to serve the most delicious, healthful baked goods, fresh juices and living foods in order to have a profound positive impact on the health of our community. We strive to be a resource of information and to expand the experience of healthy living through healthy eating.

Now that’s a mission I can easily get behind! So I did what any smart dessert-lover in my position would do — I called up my co-ontherun-taste-testing expert, to have an official sample.

I’ll admit I had high expectations. I am no amateur dessert eater, after all. And when it comes to cupcakes, I’d like to think of myself as a bit of an expert. So would vegan cupcakes and other baked goods hold up to the best that NYC has to offer?

Becky and I decided to sample two items that came highly recommended: a candy bar cupcake and a pecan roll.


They both looked and smelled delicious. I also got a freshly pressed Big C juice (which contained pineapple, orange, ginger, and camu camu berry). It seemed like the perfect recovery drink after my cold, wet, 18 miles on Sunday.

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First, I’ll say that I loved the juice. It was refreshing and not overly sweet. The ginger was actually a bit more pungent than I expected, but it was a great compliment to the other flavors. And it gave me the feeling that I was drinking a “health elixir” that would magically heal any ailment I may have had. I’m not typically a big juice person, but I found myself excited to go back and try their other flavors.

As good as the juice was, it was the desserts we were most excited to dig into.


The pecan roll was delicious. Cinnamony, nutty, and sweet.

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The candy bar cupcake was also good. A brown sugar cupcake with peanut butter frosting and peanuts on top — what more could you ask for?

Wildflour_candybar cupcake

While neither item disappointed, I will say that both were a little dry. Sadly, butter and eggs appear to make a difference when it comes to cupcakes…at least in this case, anyway. That being said, however, the peanut butter frosting was pretty amazing. Light, fluffy, and not overly sweet. It was the cake part that didn’t quite live up to expectations.

The only other negative was that everything was a little pricey. The juices were around $7 each. Which isn’t outrageously expensive and it’s comparable to other things in the area, but I wouldn’t say it’s the place to go for a quick, low-cost treat. However, everything was freshly made and so I do believe it was worth the money.

All in all, I am excited about going back to try one of the many other selections on the menu. Even if these things weren’t my favorite, Wildflour offers a huge variety of juices, teas, savory dishes, and baked goods. All are vegan, and many are also gluten-free. The atmosphere was clean, crisp, and friendly (we may or may not have closed the place down).

Good thing this place is within walking distance. Something tells me they’re going to be seeing a lot of me.

18 Responses to Cupcakes and Juice and Vegans, oh my!

  1. At least we dressed up for the occasion 😉

    It’s uncanny how similar our reviews are! We didn’t even spend much time discussing desserts, but I’ve got my eye on the chocolate peanut butter brownie for next time. Haha!
    Becky´s last post ..Stronger

  2. That juice sounds really tasty and refreshing. And of course the cinnamon bun is to die for!

  3. That pecan roll looks fabulous even if it was a little dry. At least they have the pretty look down, haha! :)

  4. The Pecan roll looks amazing! I could use that juice right now. 😉

  5. Just wanted you to know that not only do I sorta stalk your blog, but I nominated you for a blogger award. :)http://asideofsimple.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/live-and-blog-your-style/
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  6. It’s so fun to try new places! For some reason I also think it’s fun to try vegan baked goods even though I’m not vegan :) I want to try baking with Earth Balance once in a while, it seems to work really well for other people. I have a major dessert obsession too…I think we’d get along really well :)

    • I love trying vegan desserts too even though I’m not one either! I don’t know why — but for some reason it’s exciting, especially when I find new ones that are really good.

      I think we’d definitely get along well! :)

  7. oh my pecan roll!

    I may have just drooled on my keyboard a little…
    Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle´s last post ..Lolita

  8. Looks wonderful, though I have to admit that Seven Stars Bakery will always be my first Providence bakery love….it is also on Hope St (by Not Just Spices and Not Just Snacks as well as Frog and Toad and Bank of America, although they also have an East Prov location and a downtown location), and it is AMAZING (and they have phenomenal coffee to boot). I love reading about RI on your blog (and running and puppies and health of course)!

    • I love Seven Stars too!! Their breads are delicious and I agree that their coffee is phenomenal! I really like strong coffee, so it’s perfect for me. And fortunately (or unfortunately for my wallet), it’s also super close to where I live. All these bakeries nearby is a bit dangerous…

      And thanks so much for the note about my blog! I love when other people from RI find it :)

  9. Not so sure how I feel about Vegan Cupcakes, I think I would need the butter and eggs but its really cool to try it! That place looks fun and the juices look delicious! Waggamma has really good juices that I love getting.
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  10. I’m not going to lie…I am NOT a fan of vegan baking! No matter how many times people try to convince me that their vegan stuff is just like the real stuff (or at least tastes as good), I do not agree. Bring on the eggs and butter!
    Susan – Nurse on the Run´s last post ..obsessed

  11. darn those animal products for not having a decent substitute!!! i’m with you…really the best vegan baked goods that i’ve had are usually carrot cake based. yum!
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  12. I have been there no less than 8 times since they opened in December. It is delicious! I highly recommend the gingerbread and the granola scone. And the freshly made juice/smoothies, namely the Princess Leia. So good. It’s so funny how we are SO close – we need a meet up!! :)
    Erin @ Big Girl Feats´s last post ..Interrupted

    • Oh really!? I can’t believe it took me so long to actually try it. Now I want to go back and try your recommendations. We should probably meet there! :)

  13. I love cupcakes! But I totally agree with you, vegan cupcakes are not as good as regular. They always taste off to me. Butter and eggs belong in baked goods :)
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