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Oct 16, 2007 08:24 AM

GOOD Gluten Free Cupcakes??!!!!

Help! I have to find cupcakes for a birthday girl who can only eat gluten free. Does anyone know where I can get them???!I

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  1. Babycakes on Broome has the best ones I've had.

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      1. re: haleyjen

        Ditto. Babycakes serves awesome cupcakes. Screw Magnolia...

        You like to eats?

        1. re: druz99

          The babycakes cupcakes I've tried have always been dry and tasteless, but I am comparing them to regular gluten-full cupcakes.

          1. re: druz99

            I agree about Babycakes and Magnolia. (is there a more overrated bakery in the city?)

            1. re: thegreekone

              re: magnolia...people feel the same way about sprinkles out here in los angeles. these two places started the cupcake trend in their respective cities, which unfortunately means they captured a solid chunk of the market share early on, and will continue to do unjustifiably well despite the reality that their products are mediocre at best.

              i call it the stinkberry phenomenon.

        2. Not sure how they compare with Babycakes, but Risotteria also has gluten free cupcakes.

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          1. re: Cate

            If I were you, I'd call Le Pain Quotidien and ask them if they offer gluten-free cupcakes. They are so dedicated to healthy and organic foods, that it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they did.
            I just had lunch there myself today and find their menu health oriented.

            1. re: idia

              if only it was so simple!

              idia: yours is a thoughful suggestion, but the problem is that places like le pain quotidien don't have dedicated gluten-free baking spaces or separate equipment. so even if they're willing to make something without any gluten-containing ingredients, there's too great a risk of cross-contamination from baking them in the same kichen and with the same equipment, utensils, ovens, etc. as all their other products. for those of us who are extremely gluten-sensitive, even a minute amount can cause a reaction.

              but it was a nice thought :)

              best to stick with products produced in a gluten-free facility, or at least a place like babycakes - as long as they have dedicated separate production for gluten-free items.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                babycakes. they have other gluten free goodies aswell

                1. re: peachtart

                  I agree - Babycakes cupcakes are really not worth eating (even for GF folks, once the novelty wears off that you can have a cupcake at all...)

                  1. re: allieinbklyn

                    I'm gluten free, and while I really like Babycakes, I don't exactly make any special trips there. If I'm on the LES, I'll definitely go, but I don't usually head down there otherwise. Risotteria has great baked goods too (they have black and white cookies!) so I think it just depends on what you're looking for.

                    1. re: whitneybee

                      I WAS SO EXCITED to see that risoterria had GF black and white cookies. I miss them so much. But I didn't get to try one - are they good?

                      Last time I was at Risoterria (last week), I wasn't sure I'd go back - the service was pretty bad (they were rude about us waiting inside on a 95 degree day, when there was clearly space to do so, the hostess twice consecutively told us that the wait would be 15-20 minutes, the panini was cold on the inside and asking them to re-warm it took another 10 minutes) and though I'm excited about what they offer (and I know many people are) I feel like that doesn't excuse them from offering good service..

                      1. re: allieinbklyn

                        While I have never had bad service, I did get a cold pizza the last time that I went. When I sent it back, they heated it and did not include the slice that I had taken a bite out of. While I understand that in some etiquette books, that may be verboten, but given how precious my gf pizza is, I would have liked it.
                        I had the tiramisu last time and it was just ok. Have had the apple pie and it also was just ok. But the carrot cake, cupcakes and "moonpies" are wonderful.

                        1. re: carfreeinla

                          Another GF pizza; Pala on Allen just south of Houston, on Friday and Saturday nights or by prior arangement.

                          1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                            Have you tried it? Are they serving anything GF aside from pizza?

          2. While Babycakes does gluten free cupcakes, they are also using spelt in some of their products and there is always a risk of cross contamination. Spelt is tolarated by some people with gluten sensitivies, but it is a form of wheat and is not totorated by all. In an article in Food and Wine about Babtcakes they were unclear about what spelts is, as well as when she was on the Today show.

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            1. re: Stuffed Monkey

              If I remember correctly, they have eliminated the major cross contamination issue- though of course it is always present. But bottom line, I wouldn't eat them cause they aren't that good.

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