Do you ever see gluten-free cupcakes in stores and wonder if you should buy them? I am lucky because lots of friends show up with gluten-free treats to share that they find around the city. I don’t buy a lot of sweets when I am out but I do welcome them when they appear. Last week I received a nice email from a woman at Glutenous Minimus, a local Boston bakery, asking me if I would like to sample some of their cupcakes. I had seen glutenous minimus products around the city at stores like bloc 11 but had only tried their muffins. I was very excited at the opportunity to sample their cupcakes in exchange for a review.
I setup a time to pick the cupcakes up at Sweet, located in Harvard Square. This seemed like a great idea since I live in Central, but of course it was another late night at the office and suddenly I had to bolt out of the office to make it there on time, only to realize that I was on a bike with a back pack. This did not bode well for cupcake transport. Fortunately, to my surprise, the cupcakes come in little plastic packaging with all the ingredients clearly labeled, so I didn’t have to worry about contamination, nor crushing. Score a first point for Glutenous Minimus and their fabulous packaging. And for putting two cupcakes into each cupcake package, after all, if you are going to eat a cupcake, you should share it with a friend. I arrived home to find 4 cupcakes, perfectly transported by bike in a back page, over pot holes and through hot weather. Awesome!
Now it was time to sample the cupcakes. If you read my blog, you know that I don’t do non-chocolate desserts. But of course I am always making exceptions, like when I want to be polite to Tal’s mom who has made a gluten-free dessert or in the case of a sample that I am writing a review. I was presented with two options, Lemon and Chocolate. What was a girl to do…? Find a knife and try each!
Glutenous Minimus Lemon Cupcake
I clearly need to stop saying that dessert always has to have chocolate. I was wrong. To my surprise, I liked the gluten-free lemon cupcake better. It was so refreshing and delicious on a hot summer night. The creamy lemon butter cream frosting was lightly tart and smooth with little sparkling sprinkles. The frosting was so thick, I was expecting the cupcake to crumble under it’s weight but it held together like a pro. The folks and Glutenous Minimus also do a great job of enhancing the cake with a subtle lemon flavor. Score two points for these gluten-free cupcakes, one for a delicious cupcake that makes you ask if they are really store bought and another point for convincing me that non-chocolate desserts are tasty!
Glutenous Minimus Chocolate Cupcake
Now don’t get me wrong, non-chocolate desserts are great but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, chocolate is still awesome and awesome this gluten-free chocolate cupcake is. Creamy chocolate frosting with cute little blue sprinkles. They really make a fabulous butter cream frosting. It is thick and full of flavor without being overly sweet. You really feel like you are being treated to decadence. Also, the cake itself is a rich delicious chocolaty cupcake that is moist but not dense.
You really can’t go wrong with a Glutenous Minimus purchase. Take a trip over to one of Sweet’s four locations to try one of these fabulous gluten-free cupcakes. Sweet sources their cupcakes from the Glutenus Minimus bakery, however, they are available at all 4 of Sweet’s prime locations, delivered fresh on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. You can purchase these cupcakes in (Lemon, Vanilla, Chocolate and Red Velvet). Owner Courtney Forrester sought out the perfect partner in providing gluten-free cupcakes on top of the regular Sweet Daily and Seasonal selections because she wanted to offer a tasty snack for all of her customers, without the worry of dietary restrictions and contamination. Sweet decided to partner with the Glutenus Minimus brand because they are a dedicated gluten-free bakery, as opposed to other places that have gluten-free and regular offerings, to avoid any potential contamination.
Pick up a cupcake for a fun person treat, or a larger order if you are having a party. This is also a fabulous resource for friends of gluten-free people if you are afraid of baking for us.
Have you tried Glutenous Minimus’s baked good? Share with us your favorites in the comments below.