Sweet Freedom Bakery
1424 South Street (between Broad and 15th)
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Sweet Freedom Bakery is a vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly bakery.
The full list is: gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, refined sugar-free, and kosher.
Instead of those things, Sweet Freedom uses natural sweeteners (like agave), products derived from coconut (sugar, milk, oil, flour), as well as a huge range of other ingredients, which are all listed for each of their products on their website.The really great thing about Sweet Freedom Bakery that I’d like to make a point of is that people who have dietary restrictions aren’t settling when they eat here. The baked goods are all high quality and so delicious. They easily compete with the foods offered at every other bakery in Philadelphia and I much prefer their cupcakes to some of the other shops around town.
In fact, their vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting is one of the best cupcakes that I’ve ever had.
The cake itself is pretty dense. Don’t come here and expect a light as air, fluffy cake, but I like that. It suits this cupcake well. It is flavorful, tastes healthy enough to almost be guilt free but sweet enough to make it feel like a great treat. It’s also moist, which is something Sweet Freedom does really well. You will never get a dry, bland product.
The chocolate frosting on top is a perfect match for the cake, it’s thick and fudgy with a good chocolate flavor. The sweetness isn’t overwhelming like a lot of buttercreams out there. It has a slightly grainy texture but it doesn’t interfere with the taste and it isn’t unpleasant at all.
The price is $3.50 per cupcake, which is a little pricey for a cupcake, which is probably just due to the cost of special ingredients, but they are still cheaper (and tastier) than another cupcake shop that is only a few blocks away, and there is the added bonus of it being natural and allergy-friendly.
If you aren’t up for a full cupcake, you can also buy a “frosting top”, which is the top portion of a cupcake loaded with frosting for $2.
Also on the menu is a variety of cookies and cookie sandwiches. This trip I got the gingersnap cookie sandwich and the chocolate chip cookie sandwich with vanilla frosting (also available with chocolate frosting). In the past I’ve also really enjoyed their double mint chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin cookies.
The chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. They are super soft and chewy, my favorite quality in a cookie, and moist with strong flavor. They are also huge. You can see the size compared to the gingersnaps, they are probably the side of my hand. The cookies alone are $1.25 and the sandwiches are $3.50.
The exception to the price is the gingersnap cookie sandwich, it is $4 and a seasonal flavor. I wouldn’t say it’s a gingerSNAP because it isn’t crispy. It’s a firm cookie but it is still chewy. Once again, the flavor is spot on and does not disappoint at all.
There are a few more things that I’m really eager to try, specifically the Brownie Sundae Cupcake and the Chocolate and Vanilla Crumb Cake. They also sell other bakery staples like sweet breads, brownies and blondies, full cakes, muffins, bar cookies, doughnuts, and a lot more.
I highly recommend Sweet Freedom Bakery to everyone, with or without dietary restrictions.