Friday, 27 January 2012

GF scrummyness @ Dee Light Bakery in Balham

My friend Kate contacted me before our monthly book club to tell me she would be bringing gluten free cake from a new bakery in Balham called Dee Light Bakery.  I was very excited at the prospect as I love finding out about new cafes in the area.  

Kate arrived with a lovely looking box full of treats, between the 5 girls we scoffed the lot and I can report all the cakes were good.  Our favourite was the gluten free carrot cake which was the right kind of moist, was lovely and nutty and had a really fresh tasting frosting.  As none of the other girls at book group are gluten free and were impressed by the cakes, I am looking forward to swinging by this bakery in the future, if you are in the area, support this local business too!

Gluten free carrot cake – 7.5/10 – Delightful!

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Mousse toppings @ Soulcialise

So I have made my way through the chocolates and cakes from Christmas and after a short break I was ready for a gluten-free cake!

I met a friend in Crystal palace and decided to pop into Soulcialise.  I have been in here and reviewed before, but it was only a few weeks after it opened so I thought I would go back in.

The space was still as the last time I went in, a tea shoppe feeling with florals and white painted tables. It wasn’t very busy and I found it very baby friendly (they have 2 highchairs)

They bake all of their cakes in the same bakery so there is risk of cross contamination, a lot of the cakes are also vegan and dairy free too.

They change the flavours daily and I really enjoy finding out what they will have, my experience is that they are sometimes hit and miss but I do like the variety.

Today I chose a hazelnut cupcake with chocolate mousse, this is what I find to be outstanding about these cupcakes in particular, a lot of the toppings are mousse and I really like that, its fresher than icing and not so sickly sweet. The sponge is good but is occasionally a bit cloying, this might be due to making them vegan, dairy and gluten free, but its not unpleasant, I very much enjoyed my cake, Jools wasn’t as much of a fan as me.

So my verdict is that it’s a lovely little cupcake tea shoppe if you live nearby, pop in and see what they have on offer.

hazelnut cupcake with chocolate mousse– 7.5/10 - delectable

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Monday, 2 January 2012

Top 3 cakes for 2011

Happy new year everyone!  It’s been a good one, I started this blog, I had a baby and I tasted some very fine gluten free cakes!  As I am still trying to finish off all the cake and chocolate I still have left from the Christmas holidays,  I thought I would post up my top 3 cakes of 2011.

  1. Lola’s – red velvet cupcake – 10/10
  2. Hummingbird Bakery – red velvet cupcake – 9/10 
  3. Franklins Raspberry and Almond sponge cake - 8.5/10

These were the stand out gluten free cakes for me this year and also for Jools who really couldn’t tell they were gluten free and just judged them on how delicious they were!

I am hoping to find some more sweet things to review in 2012 to share with you, and also try more flavours from Lola’s and hummingbird bakery.

I also went on 2 really good cooking courses this year, one was by Sarah Jones, formerly of especially delicious cakes, I used to love her bespoke gluten free cakes and so signed up immediately when she started running baking courses, it was a really great day and I learnt some new ways to bake gluten free basics such as pizza dough, doughnuts, and flaky pastry.  I also went on a Faircake course, which was focused on cupcakes and working with fondant.  They were very accomodating, providing gluten free flour and I really enjoyed this course, the results were fantastic.

So in 2012 I hope to continue to write reviews of the gluten free cakes I try as well as post any outstanding recipes I come across for gluten free baking to share with you.

I hope you continue to follow the blog.

Heres to 2012!