Where We're Waking . Cupcakes & Shhht

If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll already know we’re big fans of Cupcakes & Shhht’s out-of-this-world vegan cakes and baked treats but it wasn’t until recently that we finally had a chance to visit the cafe in South London for breakfast. Thank god we did; this is vegan food done very well.

Nestled amongst the Artworks shipping containers in Elephant & Castle, Cupcakes & Shhht is a cosy vegan bakery and cafe with low wooden tables, comfy cushions and art-adorned walls. Alongside a counter brimming with sweet pastries and cakes - all vegan, most homemade - the cafe serves an all-day menu of crowd-pleasing dishes; the usual suspects - avocado on toast - are in good company with sweet pancakes and seasonal loaded toasties.

 
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After much deliberation and with some guidance from owners Cait and Soph, we settled on the turmeric scrambled tofu on toast and maple tempeh pancakes with a vegan croissant on the side. Served on gluten-free bread with fresh thyme-dressed tomatoes and smoked aubergine ‘rashers’, the scrambled tofu was wholesome and warming with a generous turmeric kick; perfect for when it’s chilly out. The maple tempeh pancakes were something of a revelation - soft pillowy pancakes served with a scoop vanilla vegan ice-cream and tempeh pieces (not too dissimilar to bacon bits), finished off with a generous glug of syrup. With eyes slightly bigger than our bellies, we ended the feast with a vegan almond croissant - perfect for dipping into the last drops of an oat milk cappuccino.

We’re already planning our next visit for a slice of Cupcakes & Shhht’s signature homemade cake, what will you be having?

ADDRESS: The Artworks, Elephant & Castle, London, SE17 1AY
OPENING HOURS: Mon - Sat (9am to 5pm) & Sun (10am - 5pm)
COST: mains from £5 - £12

 
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