delicious, organic, vegan
treats & sweets
Kandai Cakery combines the peaceful Buddhist tradition of
cruelty-free food with voluptuous contemporary vegan sweetcraft. From
matcha cupcakes to dorayaki to handmade anko (made the old-fashioned way), the
Cakery turns out delicious confections in the great city of Atlanta.
Look for Kandai Cakery treats at
Nakato Restaurant. Stay tuned for more locations, special events, and online shopping.
"Kandai" is a Japanese word variously translated as generosity,
kindness, broad-mindedness, an appreciation for varying perspectives.
As owner of Kandai Cakery, I find my purpose in this
translation: magnanimity — big-heartedness.
Over the years I've learned that the best way to encourage mindful eating among
non-vegetarians is through kindness. The old adage is true: we catch more flies
with agave nectar* (ahem) than vinegar! I simply don't believe that guilting
others about what they eat gets anyone anywhere. Yes, we all need to see Mercy
for Animals footage, read Carol J. Adams, and support our local no-kill
shelters. But no animals are saved when you piss someone off with your message.
I am, and always will be, inherently impatient for our shared vegan utopia -
for the time when we beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into
pruning hooks. Because of this, it's helpful for me to recognise that we all
have a process of growth towards veganism, and that it's selfish and
potentially hazardous to attempt to rush someone else's. No one rushed my
process (12 years strong!) and I dearly hope no one pressured you to become
vegan. Guilt is a laughably unsustainable motive.
Veganism is our goal; Kandai Cakery helps move others towards
gentler, more humane choices by serving incredible food from a place of love.
This big heart has room for you!
*a frequent vegan substitute for honey (and I'm not calling folks flies!)
On Our Shelf
Ever wonder what folks mean when they say they use "the finest,
all-natural ingredients" to make your treats? And yet these same companies
include things like artificial food colorings, eggs from battery cages, and
high-fructose corn syrup in their ingredient list. Kandai Cakery
insists that ingredients like these should never be called
"fine"–far from it!
Instead, we use:
- organic unbleached all-purpose flour
- organic unbleached vegan (non-bone-char) sugar
- organic, fair-trade coconut oil
- organic, fair-trade cocoa powder from Frontier Natural Foods Co-op
- organic, high-grade Japanese matcha powdered tea
- organic spices and extracts (fair-trade where available, e.g. cinnamon) from Frontier
- vanilla extract made at home with organic, fair-trade beans
- just-plucked mint leaves from an organic garden
...and so much more!
Our kitchen is entirely vegan–we don't use meat, eggs, dairy,
honey or animal by-products of any kind. Even our food preparation items (bowls,
utensils, etc) are vegan!
The Ethics of Kandai Cakery
Veganism is not simply a dietary choice: it is a way of looking at
the world. It is a worldview that is thoroughly relational, founded in the realization that the
wellbeing of any one creature--human or otherwise--is connected to the wellbeing of every
At Kandai Cakery, ingredients are chosen that reflect this
worldview. Organic ingredients leave a smaller footprint on our earth and by
avoiding all animal-derived products the Cakery is helping to contribute to the
number one best way to mitigate climate change.
There is a strong connection between vegan food like the
Cakery's and the peaceful, nonviolent ways of Buddhism (see Ahimsa).