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Product Review: French Meadow Bakery yellow cupcakes – gluten free

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


Want to try these cupcakes? Look in your grocers freezer case ( I found mine at Harmon’s) or visit their website for a store locator.

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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.


3 Responses to “Product Review: French Meadow Bakery yellow cupcakes – gluten free”

  1. Jen
    December 14th, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    I personally love these cupcakes. My 8 year old has celiac and I like the convenience of being able to pick these up for her. She has a box stored in the freezer at school in case she needs to substitute for a birthday treat and they are very helpful when another parent wants to supply a safe treat for her at a party. Her favorite is the chocolate — they are not as good as homemade but nothing is. Where these win is the fact that I can buy them in the regular grocery store.

  2. JB
    December 14th, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    It is always great to show the ingredients but, what about the real issue, nutrients…Most important for anyone with any issues, cholesterol, sugars, calories, salt, etc. More info before these touch my insides…

  3. Karen
    December 14th, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Oh no, I am so sorry! I usually include a nutritional snapshot. I will be sure to add the nutritional information later today. Thanks for the heads up.

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