Nothing_bundt_cakes“Why don’t you bring desert?”

Does this request from a hostess send you into a state of frustration? Sure you could bake something gluten-free but that would require a trip to the store plus the time to bake. You could always play it cool and bring something like a fruit salad. It’s healthy and sort of dessert, right? But in the dead of winter in the Midwest, where I live, the fruit that’s out this time of year isn’t that appealing.

I’m happy to report that I’ve found a new option for this situation. A bakery called Nothing Bundt Cakes recently opened in my area. I’d heard their cakes were good and I also heard that they would be offering a gluten-free option.

The bakery looks less like a bakery inside and more like a little boutique. They have one display cabinet of cakes and the rest of the store is filled with cute cake toppers, stationary, cards and other items.

The cakes that fill the center case come in four sizes: bite-sized Bundtinis, single serving Bundtlets, and larger 8″ and 10″ cakes. Though there are a number of flavors to choose from for their standard cakes, their gluten-free offering only comes in a chocolate chip Bundtlet. I’d liken the Bundtlet to a good-sized cupcake and it is priced similarly.

Though the gluten-free flavor is not made in a dedicated facility, it is the first batch baked each day in a clean kitchen with all gluten-free ingredients. Once the bundts are baked, they are individually packaged in plastic containers and clearly labled. Each cake is frosted to order.

The store recommended heating the cake for 10-15 seconds in the microwave before eating. I tried it that way, straight out of the fridge and also fresh at room temperature and I didn’t think the heating did anything special for me. I preferred it at room temperature.

The flavor of the cake was good and I liked the added texture of the chocolate chips. This cake was more dense than the non-gluten flavors but still more cake-like than brownie-like. The frosting was sweet and creamy and gave the cake a distinct professional look.

This new bakery allows me the option of picking up one gluten-free Bundtlet for myself and a variety of flavors for others if I’m ever asked to bring dessert. With this option they can eat cake and so can I!