The month of January brings lots of celebration, especially for our family. Starting with the recognition of the New Year shortly afterwards we continue the party through the month celebrating the birth of five members of my immediate family. The result, eating… lots of food, lots of cake.
As a sign of the times we have all been very cognizant of healthier options to this month of cake excess.
There has also been lot’s of talk about lessening the gluten and sugar in our diets.
So this year I took the risk and searched for a gluten-free, sugar free alternative.
I say took the risk because I have read many reports associating gluten-free with unappetizing adjectives, such as tasteless, and cardboard like.
With this in mind I approach the internet with much trepidation searching for gluten-free, sugar free cake, manhattan.
The woman who answered my call put my mind somewhat at ease. She was also very clear that sugar-free meant no sugar although agave, an all natural, low glycemic sweetener derived from a cactus was used as a substitute.
Ok, this is the one, she was patient, informative and knowledgeable enough to get me to make the long trek to lower manhattan.
The shop though small was buzzing with energy it was very apparent these ladies enjoyed their work and took pride in their product.
I was also humored by the fact their work attire was a throwback to the 1950’s, reminiscent of Lucille Ball at the confectionary plant.
The line moved quickly, testament to the wait staff, and I was up the counter person could see the dilemma on my face. I had decided on cupcakes but which ones. She guided me through the choices and I picked an assortment. There was the basic chocolate, vanilla, carrot, red velvet, banana cinnamon I ordered two of each and headed back to my home turf (not before stopping at Essex Market for a visit to shops I enjoy, Saxelby Cheese being one).
At the birthday gathering the announcement that these delicious looking cupcakes were actually healthful was not met with cheering revelry. You could see the leery look on the family faces. Candles blown out, anticipation, who would take the first bite? The baker in the group took the initial leap and announced, Not Bad! and a smile appeared.
Well, not only not bad but excellent. They were somewhat light and airy, extremely flavorful with identifiable natural flavors, sweet though not over the top. Wonderful.
A paragraph on the information brochure states their mission
BabyCakes NYC is Good for You…
In a city dominated by cupcakes overflowing with sugar, flour and buttercream, it’s easy for those with persnickety diets to feel left out. BabyCakes NYC, offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, soy, and eggs. Rest assured, all sweeteners have been chosen responsibly and used sparingly. White sugar will never be found in our bakery, nor will we ever use toxic chemical sweeteners…
So for a novice at gluten free product offerings, especially one who enjoys a good cupcake every once in a while, this was a treat.
Funny, my sister just tried the carrot cake cupcake and was fine with the treat until I told her it was gluten and sugar free. It was only then, she remarked on the differences. If I didn’t share she would not have known.
BabyCakes has three locations
NYC- 248 Broome Street, Manhattan between Orchard and Ludlow, 212-677-5047
some items can also be ordered online www.babycakesnyc.com
CA- 130 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, 213-623-5555 firstname.lastname@example.org
FLA- 1674 East Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 407-938-9044