If there’s one thing that can sabotage our clean-eating routine, it’s cupcakes. Those cute, single-serving indulgences call up comfort and nostalgia even while they get our insulin dangerously a-flowin’.
That’s why we’re sweet on Swole Cakes, the healthier-for-you cupcake company that bakes up just-as-delicious vegan, gluten-free and naturally sweetened versions of the treat with mostly organic ingredients.
Coconut and oat flours, almond milk and coconut oil serve as the basis of the cupcake batter while the frosting incorporates vegan cream cheese sweetened with xylitol, a low-glycemic natural sweetener. The icing on the cake: Each Swole Cake contains 15 grams of brown rice protein, which helps keep blood sugar in check and build muscle (hence the reference to getting “swole”). These cupcakes make as much sense for breakfast or a post-workout snack as they do for dessert.
Co-founders (and fitness enthusiasts) Michael Kaufman and Patrick Gillham cleverly named each cupcake flavor with this muscle-building theme in mind. Basic flavors ($3 each) include strawberry, vanilla and chocolate; specialty flavors ($3.50 each) include red velvet, coconut and seasonal-for-fall pumpkin spice.
You can find Swole Cakes at the Calabasas Farmers Market on Saturdays, the Brentwood Farmers Market on Sundays and at select retailers including Naturewell, Full O’ Life and Got Muscle. Orders can also be placed through the Swole Cakes website (delivery fee varies based on location).
They’ve got your cupcake cravings fully covered.