Who says eating healthy means having to stay away from sweet treats and desserts? Life is too short not have a cupcake once in a while but if you can’t digest or process gluten, it’s a whole lot harder to have your cake and eat it too.
Luckily for all of us with gluten issues, in recent months a host of awesome new vegan and gluten-free baking gurus have sprung up to offer a panoply of delicious baked goodies. We have rounded them all up below!
Editor’s Note: Gluten-free foods are free from grains like wheat, barley, rye, or hybrids of these grains. All the companies listed below make gluten-free friendly foods. For those who require non-contaminated celiac-friendly foods, we specify if the company prepares its products in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
Bad Food Gone Good
Menu Selection: Cakes, mini cakes, brownies and birthday cakes.
Health Profile: Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free.
Inspired by their father’s passion for baking, brother-and-sister duo CeCe and Minh Hoang created Bad Food Gone Good to provide snacks that are healthy, convenient, and tasty, and crucially, free of gluten and dairy. Bad Food Gone Good is well known on the fitness scene for providing die-hard CrossFitters with their famous healthy banana bread loaf range. Check their website for the full menu and email or Facebook them for orders.
Green Queen Loves their ridiculously fudgey avocado brownies topped with walnut bits!
Bad Food Gone Good: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bad Food Gone Good’s products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
Menu Selection: Cupcakes, cakes and cookies.
Healthy Options: Gluten-free and dairy-free.
Sarah Lee founded Sweet Secrets many years ago to satisfy the city’s collective sweet tooth and has a wide menu especially suited to catering. Since first experimenting with free from recipes in 2012, Sweet Secrets has become THE gluten-free and dairy-free go-to bakery, and her cupcakes have been making waves of late, as she experiments with various ingredients like teff flour and coconut oil. Order via their website or visit their Central shop.
Green Queen Loves her gluten-free mocha cupcakes – the icing is addictive!
Sweet Secrets: G/F, 35 Graham Street; email@example.com, +852 2545 8886.
Menu Selection: Cupcakes, cakes, birthday cakes and pastries.
Health Profile: Paleo, gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free.
Shirley Kwok is behind The Cakery, a new bespoke bakery that currently has a pop-up in The Landmark. Their specialty is catering dessert tables, cakes for special occasions and cupcakes for anytime! They offer an organic series as well as gluten-free options, depending on your needs. Order via their website or visit their shop.
Green Queen Loves their irresistible ‘Double Date’ cupcakes which are frosted with Red Date Paste buttercream! Too good.
The Cakery: Shop 316, The Landmark, Central; firstname.lastname@example.org, +852 6683 3833.
Choice Healthy Foods
Menu Selection: Breads, muffins, cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes and birthday cakes.
Health Profile: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and raw.
Choice Healthy Foods is credited with launching the gluten-free baked goods scene and new owner Melissa Cheung has faithfully continued founder Ifat Hindes’ delicious legacy. They have a winning selection of everyday breads as well as great cakes for all occasions made sans gluten and are super kiddie-friendly, not to mention well-suited to catering parties and events. Email or Whatsapp them for orders.
Green Queen Loves their chocolate chia seed muffins – so healthy but so yum.
Choice Healthy Foods: email@example.com, + 852 2345 8370, +852 6147 8226 (Whatsapp).
Choice Healthy Foods products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
Homemade By Lizzy
Menu Selection: Cupcakes, cakes, breads and birthday cakes.
Healthy Options: Dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free.
New on the Hong Kong food scene, Homemade By Lizzy is the handiwork of home-baker Elisabeth ‘Lizzy’ Feunteun. Motivated by her own dietary issues which prevent her from being able to consume dairy, she offers a wide range of baked products and specializes in vegan birthday cakes and breads, and she can cater for GF too. She provides catering services too.
Green Queen Loves all of her beautifully elaborate birthday cakes – they’re too pretty to eat!
Homemade By Lizzy: firstname.lastname@example.org, +852 9259 7209.
December 2016 Update: Khush Life has closed down.
Menu Selection: Cakes, birthday cakes cookies and pies.
Healthy Options: Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free and dairy-free.
Khush means ‘happy’ in Hindi and that’s the inspiration behind their sweet creations. Khush is devoted to offering the Hong Kong paleo community grain and dairy-free baked goods such as their build-your-own paleo cake. Their website is under construction at the moment but you can message them on Facebook or visit their retail shop for orders.
Green Queen Loves their organic vanilla cake with strawberry cream frosting – so festive!
Khush Life: 19/F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street, Central; email@example.com, +852 3182 7508.
The Kitchen Faerie
Menu Selection: Cakes, birthday cakes and pies.
Healthy Options: Gluten-free and low-sugar.
French-born Fabienne Sayarath started The Kitchen Faerie thanks to her passion for bespoke baking. She focuses on crafting whimsical instagram-worthy cakes, many of which look like they should be in a fairytale! While she specializes in regular cakes, she can do gluten-free on demand. Order via email or Whatsapp.
Green Queen Loves her divine gluten-free coconut cherry crumble recipe. A must-try!
The Kitchen Faerie: firstname.lastname@example.org, +852 9688 6329.
Sommer Life Raw Food
February 2017 Update: Sommer Life Raw Food has closed down.
Menu Selection: Raw vegan cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes, bars and balls.
Healthy Profile: Raw, vegan, refined-sugar free and gluten-free.
Sommer Life Raw Food showcases the creations of Nathalie Sommer (founder of Hong Kong’s first detox retreat on Lantau) and has a unique niche: she makes the most incredible raw vegan birthday cakes (not to mention cupcakes and bars). It ain’t easy whipping up scrumptiously complete birthday cakes that are nutritious and guilt-free and straight from the island! Message on her Facebook or call for orders- deliveries are available for Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island.
Green Queen Loves her raw lemon tartlets- they are the perfect guilt-free addition to afternoon tea.
Sommer Life Raw Food: +852 5501 8633.
The Cake Minstrel
September 2017 Update: The Cake Minstrel has closed down.
Menu Selection: Cakes, cupcakes, breads, muffins and profiteroles.
Health Profile: Gluten-free and dairy-free.
When it comes to hearty homemade treats, The Cake Minstrel is definitely a go-to for many. They are experts in making spread-tastic breads and fabulous-looking cupcakes using ingredients from only gluten-free suppliers. They make a mean banana-cacao nibs bread, now available at Genie Juicery outlets, and you can find their spread-tastic breads and yummy cupcakes at Spicebox Organics (both the Sai Ying Pun and Mid-Levels stores). Email them for price lists and orders.
Green Queen Loves their highly sought-after lemon pound cake! So delish!
The Cake Minstrel: email@example.com.
The Cake Minstrel’s products are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.