In a little under three months from now, I’m going to be marrying the love of my life. So, what does that have to do with a gluten-free bakery called Aunti Gluten’s? Simple, really. It’s all about the cake.
Months before I started a gluten-free diet, and even more months before I found out I had Celiac Disease, me and my fiancée went cake tasting for our wedding cake. (A quick word to the wise – as much fun as going to three different cake tastings in the same day sounds, do the math to determine how much cake that means you’ll be eating in a day. Hint: it’s a lot.) We found a cake, checked that off our wedding to-do list, and continued with our planning.
Fast forward a few months, and now I’m on a gluten-free diet. So, being totally new to the lifestyle, I did a quick search for local gluten-free cakes and found Aunti Gluten’s in Pleasanton. We went to go taste their cake, and ended up getting a grooms cake from them. (That review will be posted after the wedding in July.) I went back to get a few cupcakes and cookies recently, so I figured I would post another cupcake review this week. Looks like it’s turning into Cupcake Week here at EBC.com.
Aunti Gluten’s is a quaint shop located on the north edge of Pleasanton’s downtown district at 4290 Stanley Blvd. It’s a charming place, and another dedicated gluten-free bakery that’s on my way home from work (see a pattern yet?). Aunti Gluten’s specializes in cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and other baked goods. They just don’t make food for gluten-free diets – they can also accommodate diary-, casein, and soy-free diets as well. In the picture above, clockwise from the top, is a chocolate cupcake, red velvet cupcake, and lemon cupcake. I also grabbed some of their snickerdoodle cookies (the ones rolled in cinnamon and sugar).
Now, I normally don’t like red velvet cupcakes. I typically don’t see the appeal. “Why would you want a cupcake that is red, but tastes like chocolate?” I used to argue. I didn’t get it. Honestly, after trying Aunti Gluten’s red velvet cupcake, I get it. It is by far the best red velvet cupcake I’ve ever had. I liked it so much, I went back specifically for that cupcake after tasting it at the cake tasting. Not sure if it’s the chocolate chips in the batter, but it’s good. Really good. The lemon and the chocolate cupcakes are good as well. The lemon cupcake had a stronger lemon flavor than I was expecting, but that’s probably because of the real lemon juice and zest I thought I could taste in the batter. The snickerdoodle cookie, I was told, was really close to Dr. Lucy’s cookie. I wouldn’t say really close, rather almost an exact match. Aunti Gluten sure knows how to bake!
Aunti Gluten has told me that they have a lot of individuals stop by that don’t have food allergy concerns, and I can see why. Their products are really, really close to normal tasting, as close as you can get. Thinking about my review of Miglet’s earlier this week, I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite. Both pass the “dedicated gluten-free facility” rule, so I figure it’s comes down to personal taste. Out of the two similar flavors I tried, I prefer the chocolate cupcake from Miglet’s, but the lemon cupcake from Aunti Gluten’s. Can’t place my finger on why, other than personal preference. And I really don’t think I could pick out which cupcake was from which bakery if I was blindfolded.
I’m fortunate that both places are relatively short distances off of my commute, so I can easily swing by and pick up a cupcake or two for dessert when I want. For those not able to come down to Pleasanton, you can pick up Aunti Gluten’s product at Diablo Foods in Lafayette (address here).
(Full disclosure: even though I am getting a grooms cake for them, I am receiving no compensation from Aunti Gluten’s to do this review. All opinions in this review are my own, and are not influenced in anyway by Aunti Gluten’s, or the fact that I’m getting a grooms cake from them.)