Decent gluten free and dairy free baked goodies can be hard to come by, in Leeds we have That Old Chestnut which is a wonderful bakery producing 100% vegan goodies. Also bakers like the Noisette Bakehouse are making gluten free and vegan bakes, and the Cupcake Cafe and Cupcakes by Charley both produce good gluten free cupcakes. My gluten intolerant husband was given some gluten free cupcakes to try and found out they were produced by a 100% gluten free and lactose free bakers called the Bakestone Bakery, who are based in South Wales.
Not only do they make cupcakes, but in their repertoire are Welsh cakes, chocolate muffins and a selection of cakes, such as coffee cake, carrot & walnut cake, Victoria sponge and also sticky date and toffee pudding. All of which are suitable for Coeliacs and other allergy sufferers.
I tried one of the cup cakes, and I must admit I was a little wary of how they would taste and also the texture, especially after having bad experiences when looking for gluten free stuff for the other half. To my surprise they were good, the sponge was light and moist, unlike those awful dry, really solid sponges I’ve eaten before. Topped with a nice buttercream icing on the whole it was a decent cupcake. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised at the quality of the sponge, as I later found out that they worked extensively with the Food Centre Wales.
It’s good that more bakers are increasingly becoming aware of the need to make and develop products which can cater for other dietary requirements. Bakestone Bakery are interested in supplying restaurants, hotels, but can do home deliveries when ordered through their website or by phone.
If these cup cakes are anything to go by, I’m hoping it’s a good sign of the quality of their other products. I know the other half is looking forward to trying them out. Hopefully I’ll be able to report back on these soon.
Bakestone BakeryUnit 12 ARD Ind. Est.
Torfaen NP4 0SW (01495) 524435 http://www.bakestonebakery.co.uk