Tokyo mum bakes fun, theme cakes sans egg for Tokyo’s vegetarian community

By on March 11, 2015

Eggs can be one of the most common allergy-causing foods for children.

Most strict vegetarians exclude it and all animal byproducts from their diet for health reasons.
When birthdays and celebration come around, egg-intolerant children can somehow feel deprived. Well, not anymore! Cakes baked without the traditional eggs can be just as tasty and fluffy as the conventional ones.

Mahima Jagtiani runs Vanillabean, a home business that supplies egg-free cakes and pastries in the Tokyo area. A sculptor by profession, Mahima applies the same principles she learned at school in creating sculptural models to her culinary experiments.

“My family and friends are my source of inspiration. They urged me to cater to the niche vegetarian community as there are actually very few bakers doing egg-free cakes here in Tokyo at a reasonable price,” confides the young stay-at-home mum to two daughters: Kaira, aged 8 and Aarya, 1.

She first came to Japan in 2005 to join her husband Amit who had arrived five years ahead of her to run his car export business.













“By order of popularity, the top 5 most requested theme cakes at Vanillabean are Minnie Mouse, Rossettes, Garden, Dinosaurs and Frozen,” informs Mahima.

” The price of our vegetarian-friendly cakes ranges anywhere between ¥5,000 and ¥15,000. Vanillabean offers a variety of flavours. We always suggest to customers to include fruits in season for best results,” adds the homemaker.


To order a theme cake at Vanillabean

(Note: There’s a two-week lead time on all theme cake orders.)

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