Baby Cakes NYC: Where's the Wick?


I know, I know. Before I even write this, there will be angry people. But one thing about my blog: I don't lie. I don't sugar coat. Although... I wish some people would. Especially if you're a bakery!

Ok. Let me explain.....

I've been trying to eat gluten-free for about a month now -and fell off the wagon now and again.... (damn those bakery goods!)! However, back to gluten-free and my story....

I tried the change in diet because my significant other has Celiac's disease. He can't eat anything with wheat flour (gluten). I always felt guilty eating scrumptious Butter Lane cupcakes in front of him... but I couldn't resist them. Really. They are THAT good. I'd share the frosting with him though! (I'm not THAT bad of a girlfriend, honest!)

One fine day, my sweetie brought home some Baby Cakes NYC- just for me. (It's ok, you can "Awwww!" -because I sure did!) However, that loving moment was short lived. Baby Cakes cupcakes can only be loved by those who CAN'T have anything else, ever. They make an ok-tasting brownie, but the cupcakes? As my friend would say when she was unhappy with something, "Them some nasty!"

That's right. Let the hate mail commence. I don't like it. I don't like Baby Cakes AT ALL. They weren't just gluten-free, they were TASTE-free, too! I mean, HOW you can create ANYTHING without eggs or dairy or gluten is beyond my understanding of baking anyway. Baby Cakes is creating really nice looking plastic foods... because that what I thought I was eating. They LOOK normal - just like those fake pastries and goodies they create for magazines and high-end ads. I thought I tasted something remotely resembling sweetness, but no. Not. There was a texture that was anything but pleasing, too. I can't quite put my finger on it. It's difficult. They didn't taste real. It was an unpleasant, surreal experience. Not exactly the best thing to say about eating dessert, wouldn't you agree?

And don't misunderstand me, I like healthy eating. I love organic food. I shop at the Green Market and places like Whole Foods. I love vegan food, too. But there's better options out there. MUCH better.

For example, if I want terrific, gluten-free sweets and even get a great vegetarian Italian dinner, I head to Risoterria. That is a lot of O-M-G. They have brownies and even better-tasting-than-the-gluten-counterpart Black and White Cookies! And their gluten-free breadsticks and pizza - AWESOME!! I will go there before ever trying Nasty Cakes again.

Should I have tried the cookies instead of the cupcakes? I don't know. I'm honestly scared of Baby Cakes NYC right now. Talk about leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Chewing on a vanilla scented Yankee Candle would be more flavorful.

8 comments:

  1. This made me laugh! I love the honesty. The reality is that its really hard to make gluten free baking of any sort taste good, although it is possible. Its just that not everyone should try it! :)

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  2. NOTHING is more insulting then a bad cupcake!

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  3. Anyone who comes into Butter Lane and mentions they saw us on your blog gets two for one cupcakes Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the month of February. (Limit two per day.) At the end of the month, the blogger with the most mentions wins a dozen cupcakes!

    Maria Baugh
    Butter Lane

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  4. i'm gonna have to agree to disagree with you. Babycakes cakes are amazing!!! I have made some myself and they were lovely, even better than normal airy dairy cakes ;)

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  5. Also if Babycakes didn't taste good, why would they open another store? They are obviously doing something right :)

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  6. I was watching Ace of Cakes when, for some reason, I remembered Babycakes in NYC and how underwhelmed I was when I went there. I just had to do a search and see if anyone felt the same way. I have celiac disease and we were both sooo disappointed. What the cupcakes lacked in sweetness, they made up for in dryness. They reminded me of bad cornbread covered in a poor excuse for icing. I've since moved on to bigger and better gluten free cupcakes.

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  7. Tu-Lu's figured out a great gluten-free option. They are in the East Village, on 11th St., between 1st & 2nd Av. Check them out here for more info: http://tu-lusbakery.com/

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