Mister Nice Guy Cupcake Bakery
Vegans inherit a new cafe, and a slice of the sweet life
Sad news but Mister Nice Guy Cupcake Bakery has left East Brunswick! Too many cupcake orders. Instead, order their cupcakes direct and await their mini shop at Prahran Market!!
Who says vegans can’t have any fun? In fact, there’s a new way they can have their cake and eat it, too.
Plump with vegan, organic and fair-trade ingredients, husband and wife team Lucas Cook and Deb Kantor started baking Mister Nice Guy Cupcakes during nights at Lentil as Anything. Born in Oklahoma, Lucas (whose Cook surname is among the best ever for a pan-rattler) started baking at age 10 with his great aunt. Pleasing strict and non-vegans alike, he’s perfected a recipe that uses animal-free products to produce bouncy, moist and fluffy cakes.
With demand growing, Lucas is now focusing on frosting, leaving Deb, a former graphic designer who became a vegan after watching Food Inc, with the baking. Catering for events, wholesaling to cafes, selling at markets (e.g. Finders Keepers) and fuelling movie buffs at the Westgarth Cinema, they’ve now opened their own Mister Nice Guy Cupcake Bakery at the Noise Bar in Brunswick’s Railway Hotel.
Sweet brunchy things include crepes or French toast, while lunch features Tex Mex goods like quesadillas and ‘mother flippin’ enchiladas, inspired by Cook’s love of Mexican-American food.
But it’s those baked oddities that keep them coming: from crepes, ‘cheese’ cakes or giant cookie cakes to cream pies and the headlining cupcakes.
With great titles, they do all kinds of cupcake flavour combos: from the Fuzzy Ewok, a cinnamon and clove cake with chocolate frosting and toasted coconut; to the Rosie Robot, topped with rosewater-infused pistachio frosting and sprinkled with pistachios. Cocktail varieties include the Pina Colada, a coconut cupcake with pineapple and coconut frosting; or the Bloody Mary, a tomato, black pepper and vodka-infused base with Tabasco-and-tomato frosting and celery garnish.
Scared yet? Don’t be. Pay a visit and you’ll sink into one of their plush couches, listen to retro tunes and go straight to vegan cupcake heaven.
Your ethical consciousness extends to the trip home with the train station and bike path minutes away – the latter perfect for offsetting any over-indulgences.
Where: Railway Hotel, 291 Albert St, Brunswick
Hours: Wed-Fri 9am-3pm | Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
Phone: 0405 001 442