Capital City Bakery
The last time I ate a brownie at a food trailer, calling it a “brownie” required a considerable stretch of the definition. The raw, gluten free creation was more of a nut bread with an odd texture. On the flip side, the fabulous vegan brownie I got from Capital City Bakery was richer, moister and more flavorful than many of those made with butter or other animal products.
Capital City Bakery is a newer trailer that has taken up a home close to UT campus on MLK at Rio Grande. It's nestled comfortably between two other vegan friendly spots, Conscious Craving and Moses Falafel. Being vegan, the bakery trailer uses no animal products for any of their several daily pastry options, which range from pies to cookies and brownies. You can schedule ahead of time for custom orders.
When I had a chance to visit, I wanted to get a good cross section, so I ordered one of the sugar cookies with strawberry frosting, a key lime pie, an apple pie and the aforementioned s’more brownie. Because butter and eggs are traditionally a huge part of quality baked goods, I went in with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised.
The brownie tasted exactly like a brownie should taste and not like a misguided attempt at simulating the same flavors. The chocolate was rich and dark, with just enough sweetness. The texture was moist and tasted as if there was sinful ganache mixed in with the batter. The "s’more" part of the brownie came from the marshmallows (vegan of course) and crushed graham cracker topping, but it was almost overkill on such an incredible chocolate brownie.
The brownie wasn’t the only thing I ordered that was worth raving about. The apple pie had a great crust, in spite of the lack of butter. The filling was delicious, with cinnamon spiced apples that were soft, but not mushy.
The sugar cookie had the proper consistency --thick and slightly crumbly without being dry-- but the strawberry frosting was the best part. It smelled wonderful the second I opened the box, and was just as tasty.
The key lime pie was a temporary addition to the menu and it was almost as good as their brownie. The lime filling was tart and not too sweet, and the small tartlet was topped with some kind of whipped cream substitute that was fluffy and perfectly balanced the tartness.
Everything at Capital City Bakery was tasty, and nothing tasted like a substitute for the real thing. Unlike some vegan or "healthy" sweets, you won't get in trouble for bringing these yummy treats to a party.