By Megan Vick
A couple of weeks ago, at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival, our good friend, Sara, dropped by and gave us one of the best gifts imaginable. You see, Sara is the one and only Sara of Kind Confections Vegan Bakery and special delivery was dozens of DELICIOUS vegan goodies. You need to try all of these – NOW!
Pumpkin Pie Bites
These little morsels of deliciousness were my favorite, but I’m also in a pumpkin-y mood lately. A perfectly baked mini crust with perfectly seasoned pumpkin pie filling and a dollop of whipped “cream” on top made this a borderline-sinful treat. I decimated these in less than 48 hours. I’m not proud of myself, but MAN – they are swear-out-loud amazing.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Icing
Wow. Another dozen of these – gone in hours. What you may think as a simple chocolate with vanilla cupcake is not as simple as it appears. Made with real (yes, REAL) vanilla beans, the silky smooth texture and true vanilla flavor of the icing with the rich chocolate cupcake makes this a perfect dessert for everything.
Tahitian Vanilla Bean
If you need to get your vanilla fix, these are the way to go. Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing – again, both made with real vanilla beans. And these little dudes are FAR from plain ole vanilla. It’s no exaggeration when I say I ate 5 within 10 minutes. And the only reason I ate them that slowly is because I was watching TV while chewing (and I can’t do 2 things at once – no joke).
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Oh holy moly… these are the desserts that make me swoon. If I am not eating one, I am constantly thinking about Kind Confections’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Not only do you have the deliciousness of the chocolate cupcake I previously mentioned, but you get Peanut Butter Icing!!! And the minute you take a bite, you get the surprise of rich, creamy peanut butter inside the chocolate cupcake. My mouth is quite literally watering – no, let’s just call this drooling – over writing this description.
I’ll be honest, I am not a carrot cake fan. My husband is the carrot cake lover in the house. Funnily enough, I LOVED each one of these morsels. Perfectly spiced with no holds barred, this dessert is deliciously decadent. I ate these so fast, I barely remember doing it. I’m a serial cupcake eater – I need help.
FUN WITH FRUIT
Now typically, I’m a traditionalist. I like my chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and more chocolate. Occasionally, I branch out and make a lemon tart, or an apple pie (vegan, of course), but I prefer to stick with the classics. Never having had any of Kind Confections fruit inspired cupcakes, I was curious to give it a go.
I’ll be upfront – I HATE coconut (and bananas, oatmeal, and raisins). But I enjoyed the Pina Colada cupcakes. I tried a bite of one since I was extremely hesitant, but the coconut is not overpowering and the cupcake is beautifully sweetened by pineapples. Yum! Also, since I obliterated the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, and the pumpkin pies, I gave these to my hubby.
I do love oranges. I love the smell, I love the fruit, I love the zest, I love the color. These cupcakes did not let me down!!! Sweet, but not too sweet, and orangey without being too fruity for a dessert. These make a nice, light change from a traditional orange-flavored dessert.
Strawberries N Cream
These cupcakes tasted EXACTLY like strawberries and cream, but in cupcake form. Sara’s famous creamy vegan icing works perfectly with a strawberry cupcake (yes, made with real strawberries) to make a luscious treat. You’ll be in paradise after eating these. All you need is a pool boy (or pool girl) fanning you in a cabana.
These were my favorite of the fruity cupcakes. What takes them over the top is the strawberry icing on top of the strawberry cupcake. It’s a strawberry double-whammy and you won’t want to stop eating them! These little bites are so delicious and so decadent, I nearly forgot to share them with my husband!
Lastly, I got 3 types of cookie dough bites! Traditional, Gluten-Free, and Mint Chocolate. Again, these are all gone too because it saves me from having to make cookie dough in our house! These made a great stress snack while we watched The Walking Dead premiere. The best part about each and every one of these desserts is they are all VEGAN! Yes, you read that right. True deliciousness can be vegan. Another great part of Kind Confections is how small each dessert is. That way, if you go crazy and 2, 3, or 12 in one sitting, it’s not nearly as awful as eating 12 regular sized cupcakes in one sitting.
Author’s Note: I’m not advocating you eat 12 of any type of dessert in one sitting. It’s probably not good for you, but hey – if you do it, I’m sure as hell not going to judge you.