If you suffer from food intolerances or you are a vegan, you probably know the feeling of not being able to have a slice of birthday cake at a party. Or you might have purchased a baked good to tame your sweet tooth only to find yourself disappointed in its taste and texture.
Thanks to the Montreal-based pastry shop Petit Lapin, you can now order tasty vegan, gluten-free and allergy-free goodies such as cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts and macaroons with the click of a mouse. Petit Lapin launched its online boutique this month, offering worry-free sweets to customers across North America.
“You can’t find nut-free and egg-free macaroons anywhere else in the world,” says owner Viviane Nguyen, who created the bakery after learning about her son’s severe food allergies and experimenting with recipes so he wouldn’t have to miss out on the fun of having a real birthday cake. The macaroons are one of the most popular Petit Lapin treats. “I am very picky with the recipes. It can’t just look like a macaroon, it has to taste like one and have the same texture: slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.”
The cupcakes are also top-sellers. They come in flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, lemon, coconut and Matcha green tea. All of the pastries are sold individually or by the half-dozen or dozen. Prices range from $2.50 to $3.95 for an individual treat and a dozen of cupcakes costs $43.45.
Craving sweets yet? If you can’t make it to the Petit Lapin store in Westmount, you will have to allow 48 hours for your order to be processed before you can happily lick frosting off your fingers and dig in. If you live in Montreal, you can simply go on the Petit Lapin website, add your dessert of choice to your cart and check-out. The shipping cost is a flat rate of $25 for a delivery anywhere in Montreal.
For all orders in other provinces or in the U.S., you must fill out the contact form because shipping prices and conditions depend on your location and desired product. This process is also important in order to ensure that your baked goods can be delivered fresh.
“I was getting a lot of requests from people in other provinces and even outside Canada,” says Viviane, who opened Petit Lapin last year while she was on maternity leave after having her second son. The busy mom and notary started her baking journey to make sweets for her first-born, who has over thirty food intolerances. “I just wanted to offer him a universe where he would be able to walk in and have anything without me having to say no to him.”
Viviane quickly realized there was a need for allergy-free cakes and baked goods on the market. So she set out to make the perfect moist cake despite all the ingredient restrictions. All of her treats are organic, vegan, gluten-free and free of common allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat and sulphites. Viviane says coming up with the perfect recipe is a long, trial-and-error process. And she has no pastry school background. She credits the pretty cake designs to her natural artistic side.
Petit Lapin customers range from people who have food allergies or diet restrictions to health-conscious eaters and regular cupcake-o-holics. “My sweets are for everyone,” says Viviane.
So what’s in store for the future? Viviane is in the process of testing recipes to create the perfect allergy-free bread. Releasing Petit Lapin cookbooks is also a long-term goal.
342 Victoria Ave., Westmount, 514-507-4077, patisseriepetitlapin.com