Food Take 5

Take 5: Vegan cakes you can buy in the supermarket

2020 has seen some uncertain times but finally September has brought with it the stability we’ve been waiting for. Great British Bake Off is back on our screens (albeit with the expected social distancing etc. you would expect). Whilst the contestants battle it out on screen to win star baker, don’t forget to settle down on the sofa with a sweet treat in your laps. Here’s our guide to the best cakes you can pick up at the supermarket so even the most unprepared GBBO fan won’t miss out.


BOSH! have created two vegan cakes, slicing into roughly six portions each. Available in Ultimate Chocolate Cake and Luscious Lemon Cake, you can pick them up exclusively at Tesco. BOSH! have also recently collaborated with Brewdog, so if you’re looking for a pre-GBBO meal out you can order their ultimate chilli, BBQ jackfruit mac & cheese or a big BOSH! BBQ bagel burger. Follow BOSH! on Instagram for the latest news.


OGGS have a great range of vegan cakes made using aquafaba – the water left over from a can of chickpeas – to replace eggs. They serve full size and mini cakes, cupcakes and even mince pies, and their celebration cake is great for kids thanks to a generous sprinkling of chocolate stars. You can now buy their aquafaba egg substitute on it’s own, too – no more straining cans of chickpeas! Find OGGS at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and ASDA.


ASDA make their very own two-pack of vegan chocolate cupcakes – with a twist. They’re made with strawberry jam and coconut milk, topped with chocolate frosting and a marshmallow as an extra special treat. The mix of chocolate and strawberry might not be to everyone’s taste, but we love that they’re a little bit different.

Wicked Kitchen

We’ve seen Wicked Kitchen gradually expand their food range across the supermarket, from sandwiches and wraps to ready meals and pizza – and now they’ve added cupcakes to their menu. Choose from chocolate or lemon, you can pick up boxes of six from Tesco.

Betty Crocker

Have a bit of time on your hands but still not feeling as creative as the show’s participants? Betty Crocker’s got your back. Did you know many of their cake mixes are vegan, and that you can whip up a cake batter in under a minute simply by pouring in a can of fizzy drink? Well, now you do. Our favourite is Tempting Chocolate with a can of cola, but you could try Zesty Lemon with lemonade or Spiced Ginger with ginger beer. Pour your cake batter into two lined baking tins, slap them on the counter top so that any air bubbles rise to the top then pop them in the oven and bake for around 25 minutes (or until a knife comes out clean). What’s even better is that Betty Crocker’s chocolate fudge icing and vanilla buttercream are also vegan, so once your cakes are cool you can ice away and pretend it’s homemade – just don’t forget to hide the box!

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