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Review: Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes

Gluten-free sweets can be tricky and even close to inedible.  However, more places are beginning to offer options for customers who have dietary restrictions.  Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes in Endicott, New York, offers gluten-free options as well as a few allergy-friendly options (shared facility) by advance order.

How Good Were the Stuffed Cupcakes?

Both chocolate and vanilla cake are an option for gluten-free orders.  Wheat-based cake flavors also include flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, and so on. 

However, most of the variations in their offerings are based on the fillings and toppings.  That means much of the menu is available for gluten-free orders.

I ordered two flavors with chocolate cupcakes: the salty dog and the peanut butter delight. 

Both used chocolate cake– which was pleasant. It was tender, moist, light, and no hint of gumminess.  Non gluten-free eaters approved of the cake texture as well.

Of the two flavors, the peanut butter delight won a definite first place.  The peanut butter filling helped balance out the sweetness of the chocolate frosting.  While the flavor sounded much simpler than other options, it was delicious.

Really delicious.

In contrast, the salty dog had a vanilla frosting with caramel and salted peanuts. Because there were only a few salted peanuts on quite a lot of frosting, the salty dog experience was more heavily weighted toward sugar overload than balanced flavors.

How Did the Baked Goods Look?

Beautiful.  The artistic swirls elevated the cupcakes beyond your average home baker’s skills.  The cake order (an 8″ birthday cake) was nicely decorated with a few flowers.

With a little discussion in terms of decorations and flavor selections, I would happily take these to special occasions.  Kathleen is happy to chat about options and work with you in terms of allergens as well (but do be aware this is a shared facility).

Stuff those Cupcakes Again?

Yes. Absolutely.

But for the stuffed cupcakes: skip the frosting filling for more flavorful options and a bit less sugar.

#lessguilt #morejoy #dessertforall

Product review

Product Review: Coconut Collaborative Lemon Ganache Paradise Pot

I was browsing through the Igrocery store, thinking about some easy things to eat after surgery, and these Lemon Ganache Paradise Pots popped out.  Would they be worth buying again?

What do I think?

In short, yes. I’m putting them back on the grocery list while on crutches. The dessert cups from the UK-based Coconut Collaborative are quite small, a little larger than a Keurig cup.  There are some advantages to the small portion.

  • an easy snack if your appetite is poor
  • a great size for a small sweet after a more substantial meal
  • perfect for topping fruit and/or cake for a more substantial “composed” dessert
  • good lunchbox treat (but should be refrigerated, so icepack/cooler recommended)
  • just 100 calories per cup.

The flavor and textures are lovely.  The texture is rich and creamy, without being cloying.  The lemon is nicely sharp, balanced with just enough sweetness.  There are hints of coconut without having it being overwhelming (so, if you hate coconut, don’t bother, but you don’t have to be coconut fanatic to enjoy these).  What is it similar to?  They are midway between a mousse and a pots de crème– a lighter, silkier pots de crème.

I had one tossed over warmed fresh blueberries and a little cottage cheese and it was a perfect contrast to the fruit– I could see serving these little ganache beside a slice of fruit pies for a fancy touch.

Special Diets

Thinking about special diets, they are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.  However, they contain inulin so they may not be tolerated by someone who is following a low FODMAPs diet or may need to be incorporated in the overall plan for the meal or day.  For a dessert, they are relatively low sugar (around half a carbohydrate exchange) which is related to the size. They do contain corn and some gums.

Availability of Lemon Ganache Paradise Pots

Currently, they are available through a few large retailers, including Fresh Direct, Wegman’s, and Morton Williams.

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