Posted on | December 13, 2011 | 3 Comments
I found these prepackaged gluten free cupcakes from French Meadow Bakery in my local grocer’s freezer case. They came packaged in a small bakery style box, and each box contained 4 medium sized cupcakes. I think I paid around $5.
I was really curious about these cupcakes, since most gluten free yellow cakes are iffy, either the taste or texture isn’t quite right. So how did this one stack up? I let them thaw on my counter top for a few hours before giving them a try.
Honestly, it reminded me of a Hostess twinkie in flavor. The cake itself was sweet with a large, course, dry crumb that I didn’t particularly care for. I tend to like a softer, smoother cake, and this just wasn’t it. Unfortunately, I liked the white vanilla frosting even less. Even though the frosting was creamy and smooth, it was very sweet and tasted like shortening. It just didn’t seem to compliment the cupcake. My daughters tried them, and really didn’t care for them very much due to the coarseness of the cake. At least they look pretty!
Overall, these are good in a pinch if you need a cupcake for a friend or a single serving for yoursef, but I probably wouldn’t buy them regularly.
Rating: 2 stars
Pros: nice portion size, thaws easily, Ok cake flavor
Cons: coarse and dry, frosting tastes like shortening, high amount of saturated fat
Nutritional snapshot per cupcake: 230 calories, 9 g. fat, 230 mg sodium, o g, fiber, 2 g. protein
Ingredients: sugar, egg whites, vegetable shortening ( palm oil, mono and diglycerides, polysorbate 60), eggs, corn starch, corn syrup, palm oil, , rice flour, tapioca starch, dextrose, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), modified corn starch, salt, natural flavor, xanthan gum, guar gum. Manufactured on shared equipment with soy.