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.


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