While wandering around my local Whole Foods Market looking for dessert one evening, something caught my eye in one of the refrigerated display cases – you know the ones – usually filled with sweet treats that beckon us Celiacs to come closer only to find out that they are full of gluten.
Well, this time there was a smaller shelf among the larger dessert options that had a tiny carrot cake sitting on the shelf. I thought, you are not going to fool me and almost passed it by. Good thing I did a double take for you see that beautifully decorated, perfectly packaged cake was indeed gluten-free. Not only was it gluten-free but it was: all natural; nut-free; with no preservatives, additives, or artificial flavors. Okay, after reading all of those I thought, well, it is likely taste-free as well. My mother happened to be visiting and, through our mutual love of all things carrot cake, told me to just buy it – so I did.
You know they always say listen to your mother and this was a textbook case because when I finally had the cake for dessert later that evening I simply could not believe my taste buds. I can count on one hand the number of times that I have had carrot cake since my Celiac diagnosis (some 15 years ago) and of those, even fewer were memorable – until now.
This tiny little cake packed an amazing punch. It was two beautifully moist layers of carrot cake filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with even more frosting (delicately piped along the edge). I mean if you had given this to me and told me it was gluten-free I would never have believed it – it was that good. The carrot cake itself had the slight texture of shredded carrot that we carrot cake aficionados look for with just a hint of sweetness without being too overpowering. The icing was the stuff gluten-free dreams are made of – perfectly tart and at the same time sweet – but again not too sweet.
You can learn more about the company on their Web site where you can also view their full product portfolio. In addition to their carrot cake they also offer a range of cupcakes and cheesecakes in an assortment of sizes. All of their items are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility so cross-contamination is not a worry.