Vancouver, British Columbia is known for a lot things. Our beautiful city offers a diverse selection of beaches, mountains, parks, stores, restaurants, and tasty little one off places like bakeries, ice cream shops, candy stores and chocolatiers. I never expected to find morbid treats in my own backyard here in BC!
Just a hop, skip and jump away from Vancouver, down on Hastings Street in Burnaby, is a little bakery that you need to visit. Be warned, this is no ordinary bakery.
Punk Rock Pastries doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when you step through the front door, you are in for a morbid punk rock treat!
The company website describes their business as:
Punk Rock Pastries is a bakery with a difference, we are not your Boring bakery. Punk rock pastries makes cakes that a designed to shock and to make your party or event the talking point for a long time. We specialize in 3D cakes, moving cakes and unreal pastries. We also have a naughty side peep show pastries which specializes in erotic cakes, cookies and pastries for bachelorette and bachelor parties or just for your naughty side. WE are a NUT FREE BAkery and have a few Vgean and Gluten free options. Our menu changes daily so make sure you check out our instagram or facebook page to know what we have in stock. We are bringing punk back to Burnaby!https://www.punkrockpastries.com/about
When you enter the store, a bright pink theme and cluttered unique art and trinkets dominate the small space and breaths life into this little shop.
The walls are so busy and intriguing; you almost don’t know where to look first. They even have a lounge area with a gorgeous red couch shaped like a pair of lips.
I was greeted by the owner and she was super friendly. She was able to answer my questions about ingredients as I have food allergies. I can only eat vegan treats. When she said they don’t bake anything with nuts because she is allergic, that gave me a sense of relief. If you are looking for peanut butter anything, keep walking.
I was super stoked when Hollie explained they have vegan options. This meant I could try something! For anyone else, there is such a variety to choose from, you are sure to find something you like. Whether you like cupcakes, donuts, pastries, cookies or cakes, Punk Rock Pastries has you covered!
I won’t go into the menu too much because according to their website, the menu changes daily, which I think is kind of cool. This means you never know what you will find when you stop by. A couple of the cool morbid ones that caught my eye today were:
- Unicorn Poop: looked like it was straight out of the magical creature
- Chocolate Cherry Toe Jam: actually had a toe on top
- Black Heart Halos: black hearts with protruding syringes
- Bleeding Bandaids: flesh with a bandaid on top
- Blood Sunday: topped with a red skull
- Black Betty: black icing topped with a gravestone
- You Don’t Make Friends with Salad: topped with severed fingers
- Bad Brains: giant cake with you guessed it, brains
Pastries and Cookies
If the morbid cupcakes are too much for you, the other options might be more up your alley. They had cinnamon buns, puffed pastries, specialty donuts and cookies.
Looking for a cake? They have a well stocked cooler or do custom orders.
Custom orders start at $320 minimum and prices are determined by piece count. All orders are done online, so don’t bother calling for a quote. Also, they only make unique cakes. No trawling the internet to find one to copy. These girls only make one of a kind cakes! You need to give at least two weeks notice and they will deliver locally, but no shipping. Even if you don’t need to order a cake, check out their cake gallery.
The fun doesn’t stop at morbid goodies as Punk Rock Pastries also sells naughty treats! You can pick up a Box of Dicks sugar cookies for $20.
If dicks aren’t your thing, you can get Pouches of Pussy sugar cookies that are airbrushed to perfection.
Today I purchased two treats: a Vegan Spiced Apple cupcake topped with an eyeball and a Black Betty cupcake topped with a gravestone.
My favourite was the apple spiced cupcake. I didn’t eat the eyeball as I am not a fan of fondant. The combination of the apple cake, icing and apple filling on top tasted like a cupcake made love to an apple pie! I highly recommend this one.
The Black Betty was a vanilla cake with blueberries and basic icing dyed black. I didn’t eat the fondant gravestone, but it was cute. Next time I venture over there I plan on trying the Bloody Sunday cupcake.
Punk Rock Pastries is open Wednesday through Sunday each week. Make sure to go early in the day because once they sell out, the store closes. If the doors are locked, you are out of luck. Orders can be placed ahead online for pick up as well.
If you are a local like me or visiting our fine city, you have to stop by Punk Rock Pastries. These ladies marry punk rock and morbid baking into the perfect entertaining combination. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and an overloading sweet sensation for your tastebuds. You won’t be disappointed!
Location: 5548 Hastings Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
You can view the Punk Rock Pastries website for more details.