3 Simple Vegan Desserts

3 simple vegan desserts

Written by: Caitlin O’Malley


Published on: September 29, 2022


All photos by Clare Winfield

Freya Cox won our hearts further The Great British Baking Show. Cox gave herself the added challenge of making all her desserts vegan—one GBS first. We were sad she didn’t make it to the finals, but we knew we hadn’t seen the last of her. Cox’s Vegan Baking Cookbook, Simple vegan bakingis here and it’s full of amazing plant-based sweet and savory baked goods.

Her approach is simple but thoughtful. We were prepared for complicated substitutions and methods, but all her recipes are very intuitive. She calls for vegan alternatives available in many grocery stores today, like vegan butter and soy milk. The book is filled with delightful treats for plant-based eaters (or those who cook for them) and step-by-step instructions to entice even the most inexperienced baker into the kitchen.

A few recipes from Simple vegan baking

  • Bakewell pie

    Bakewell pie

    “Bakewell pies are such a popular treat that there was no doubt that I needed the perfect recipe for one. The crispy pastry and soft chewy frangipane go so well with the slightly sharp jam – they are a real favourite. I’ve included a recipe for the pastry here, but you can use store-bought pastry if you prefer.”


  • Viennese lemon swirls

    Viennese lemon swirls

    “These biscuits are so soft and buttery they literally melt in your mouth. They look like they take a lot of effort, but they take little to no time to make.”


  • Gluten-free pumpkin spice cupcakes

    Gluten-free pumpkin spice cupcakes

    “These cupcakes are a must during the autumn months. They will sit proudly as a centerpiece at any Halloween party! The added pumpkin puree gives the cupcakes a moist texture, balanced by perfectly seasoned cream cheese frosting.”


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