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These days it's not uncommon for a bride or her guests to have special dietary needs — and when it comes to cakes and other sweet treats, you shouldn't have to sacrifice style or taste (much less carbs!) on your big day. There are many places that offer a variety of dairy-free and vegan options, so we've rounded up the best healthy bakeries in Los Angeles for your wedding.
This family-run Burbank bakery promises that their sweets are made with "half the bad stuff and twice the good stuff." Not only do they promise that a significant number of the calories are chopped off of every slice (thanks to using applesauce in place of half the oil, unbleached whole wheat flour, and almond milk instead of cream), they also offer vegan and gluten-free options for all of their flavors. A wedding cake made of stacked cake pops and topped with fresh flowers is one of our favorites, and as a bonus, they also offer in-store baking parties where you can learn how to make your own healthy treats. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy Erin McKenna's Bakery LA
Erin McKenna's Bakery LA
One of the first bakeries to cater to anyone with gluten, dairy, egg, or soy sensitivities, this healthy business started back in 2005, and its powder-pink space on Larchmont Blvd is truly a testament to sweets with a healthy slant. From donuts and ice cream to cupcakes and made-to-order cakes, this spot caters to the most restrictive diets without sacrificing taste; everything is sweetened with agave nectar and even their frostings are tinted with beets, red cabbage, and turmeric — among other natural ingredients. If you need non-sweet goodies for your reception such as bread, bagels, or biscuits, this multi-faceted locale can fill those orders, too!
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While this husband-and-wife-owned sweet spot isn't strictly vegan, about half of their cake menu items will fit the bill for dairy- or egg-free cake. With choices such as vanilla with a fruit topping puree, chocolate marble, and the carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting, it's no wonder that this bakery receives rave reviews and is constantly voted one of the best bakeries in LA. Known for their wedding cakes and using flowers from her personal garden as decoration, Jamaica really enjoys getting to know the couple, and she specializes in creating a cake that incorporates the wedding color scheme, the couple's invite design, or even the bride's wedding dress as inspiration. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Saints and Sinners Desserts
Saints and Sinners Desserts
This Venice Beach business caters to the decadent crowd with a major sweet tooth as well as the vegan and gluten-free (or even Paleo!) crowd, so if you fit into the latter category or want to cater to those who do, this spot can create a beautiful centerpiece cake for any occasion. The dessert company usually incorporates fresh blooms for decoration as well as other sweet side notes like truffles, mini cupcakes, and caramel cashew bars. Since this bakery caters to both sides of the dietary spectrum, it's also possible create two identical-looking cakes — one being vegan and gluten free and the other being a regular sweet cake with no dietary modifications, so guests have a choice.
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Luscious Organic Desserts
This baking company can accommodate many dietary needs such as sugar, dairy, gluten and egg free, yet they will still deliver a show-stopping wedding cake. While you're at it, order some cupcakes, because their flavors span from unique to the traditional choices (think: peanut butter and jelly cupcakes to chocolate with strawberry cream). These delicious desserts have been known to fool even the most die-hard non-vegan, which, when it comes to taste, is the ultimate compliment! Read real brides' reviews here!