Who doesn’t love a good drool-worthy #vegancakes scroll through Instagram? These tantalizing images of towering, tricked-out, buttercream-adorned desserts are fun to fantasize about, but also come with a generous serving of FOMO. When the cake of your dreams is out of driving distance and you can’t justify a spontaneous vacation for the sake of cake (although who’s judging?), consider cake by mail. Many of the skilled, independent vegan bakers that make you swoon on Instagram have broken through the distance barrier and configured a way to ship their edible creations nationwide (or at least within the continental US). Thanks to precise planning and a fair share of dry ice, you can now Instagram your cake and eat it, too! 


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1. Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Say it with us: Brownie. Cake. Those two words alone have the power to trigger anyone to whip out their credit card. Celebration or not, you need this now. This includes Celiac-sufferers as well—all of McKenna’s baked goods are gluten-free, soy-free, and often free of refined sugar. 


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2. Molly Mack’s Vegan Cakery
Chocolate Meltaway. Chai-Latte. Lemon Meringue. The NutterButter. Have you clicked the link yet? These cake flavors are irresistible, and they can be on your doorstep by the end of the week if you hurry up and order. There is also an option to customize your cake right down to the frosting, filling, and flour (gluten-free? No problem!). 


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3. Karma Baker
This tiny little Westlake Village, CA bakery became Instagram-famous with the advent of the unicorn and soon-to-follow mermaid cake doughnuts. Hastened by the furious demand, owner Celine Ikeler developed a way to successfully ship these sweet delicacies—along with a selection of her cakes, cookies, and brownies—to those outside her suburban bakery’s home. For the deep, dark chocolate diehards out there, her Double Chocolate Fudge Cake cannot be beat. However, those who do not identify as chocoholics will enjoy the Pink Lemonade, Cookies & Cream, or the ever-classic Carrot Cake. 


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4. Yvonne’s Vegan Cakes
Yvonne is the woman you call when you want a one-of-a-kind, special occasion cake. While her intricate design work is only available for local Los Angeles pickup or delivery, she ships her best-selling cake flavors nationwide, along with her chocolate-covered cake doughnuts and addictively good cookies. Pull up her website and you could have a scrumptious, gluten-free Chocolate Creme de Menthe cake in your fridge by the end of the week. 


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5. Mary-Kate’s Vegan Cakes
It was the cookie dough-infused towering cake layers that caught our eye on Instagram, but it’s her decked-out cookies that truly made our mouths water. Mary-Kate has finally started shipping her baked goods, using the cookies as a test run (we hope) before moving on to cake. These are not your average, or even above-average, chocolate chip cookies. Stuffed close to bursting with brownie batter or marshmallow cream then topped with peanut butter cups, chocolate bars, or more marshmallow, these cookies stand up to even the most decadent slice of cake. 


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6. Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
Imagine reaching into your freezer any time you craved a personal pot of molten chocolate lava cake. Thanks to this Seattle-based niche bakery, you don’t have to imagine anymore; you can live it. These individual-sized vegan chocolate cakes can be ordered virtually anywhere in the US, and they last in the freezer for a year. Clean out your ice cream pints and make room to stockpile your freezer with cake. 


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7. Pattycake Bakery 
Rough week? We can’t think of anything better than a package full of vegan “Texas-sized” cupcakes at the doorstep to turn that frown upside down. This Columbus, OH-based bakery specializes in the classics—from spiced carrot cake with pineapple (that’s the trick to a moist carrot cake) to lovely lemon to “seriously good” chocolate on chocolate cake. The bakery is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but it’s posting recipes on Instagram in the meantime to virtually feed its loyal customers across the country. 


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8. Unrefined Bakery 
While not completely vegan, we love the creative selection of this allergen-friendly Texan bakery. Each Cupcake of the Week and Cake of the Month can be made vegan (the current flavor is Double Chocolate Cookie Cake), and a regular vegan option is available year-round. Instead of a standard chocolate or red velvet, this daily offering is called the Loaded Monkey. It’s a banana chocolate chip cake filled with a chocolate peanut butter fudge and topped with a generous dollop of vegan peanut butter buttercream. These baked goods are shipped frozen, so you can keep them in your freezer and defrost whenever you fancy a treat (or two). We’ll take a dozen, thank you very much! 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

Photo credit: Karma Baker

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