The Wheat Free Kitchen – our wedding cake!

Hi everyone, I’m back!!

Sorry for the blog / social media silence for the past few months / year but I’ve been fully engrossed in changing jobs and getting married, but as¬†Rich and I are now Mr and Mrs I thought it was time to get back to the blogging, and what better way to start than with a review of our wedding cake! ūüôā

From the start of the wedding planning process, we both agreed that all food at the wedding would be gluten free to avoid the risk of any potential cross contamination issues and to make sure that I wasn’t ill on our big¬†day.

There are quite a few places in Bristol that make gluten free cakes and I got some¬†quotes from these places, as well as asking around for suggestions at work. We also went to a wedding fayre at our wedding venue, and although the sample cakes there were amazing, there was little reassurance from anywhere¬†I’d contacted¬†that they could safely cope with making a gluten free cake.

Cue my lovely friends Gem and Beth at The Wheat Free Kitchen…

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Selfridges Food Hall

DSC02816Just before Christmas I was fortunate to have some time to myself whilst in London for work, so I thought I’d make the most of this time by paying a visit to Selfridges (who wouldn’t?!).

I’d heard that they had some great gluten free options in their Food Hall, so after getting distracted by handbags and makeup, I made my way there.

I visited the bakery section first, and initially didn’t think that they had any gluten free offerings, as I was looking for a small section on the end, but I was delighted that they actually had quite a big free from section. The large¬†variety of delights were separated from the ‘normal’ cakes with glass dividers, which was great to see. Continue reading

Arch House Deli, Clifton

Arch_House_Deli_logo_buildingArch House Deli has recently been awarded the¬†title of Bristol’s Best Deli¬†at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2013 for the second year running, and having¬†heard lots of¬†good things about it since¬†I moved to Bristol, I couldn’t resist popping in when I was recently in the area.

I’d be informed by fellow gluten free blogger Wuthering Bites (@wbites) that Arch House Deli catered for coeliacs by offering gluten free options, so I was keen to see what they had available when I visited.

As well as having a shop selling a variety of local and sustainable products, there is also a café area if you fancied staying in for lunch, but as I was in a bit of a rush I wanted to have a look at the takeaway options.

All of their gluten free products are clearly labelled as such, along with any other relevant allergen information. Examples of this are shown on both of the products I opted for (after much deliberation!), a slice of smoked salmon and trout frittata and some chocolate cinnamon polenta cake :). Continue reading

Honeybuns

honeybunslogoI recently came across a gluten free brand on Twitter, that I’m really surprised I hadn’t heard about before. They are¬†called Honeybuns and they make handmade, award winning gluten and wheat free cakes, some of which are also dairy free!

Their product range includes cakes, brownies, flapjacks, shortbreads, cookies and a new range of savouries. They are made on their farm in Dorset using locally and ethically sourced ingredients.

The first thing you notice about the brand as a whole is their amazing brand image. As a result of beemusicianthe¬†‘honey’ part of their name, bees can be found throughout their website and across their product range. They even have their own caf√© called the Bee Shack (with all money taken in the caf√© going to their BeeGreen fund which helps to preserve the nature reserve surrounding the caf√© :)).¬†I must admit that the bee on the right is definitely my favourite – it’s so cute! Continue reading

Caffe Clifton, Bristol

caffe cliftonA few weeks ago a friend and I arranged to meet up and after a quick bit of research, I discovered that Caffe Clifton offered gluten free cakes, so I thought this would be a nice venue for a catch up.

I must admit that I used to live a few roads away from this caf√©, but I didn’t know it existed, despite knowing¬†the location of the Clifton Hotel,¬†which the caf√© is part of!

The first thing to say about the location of the caf√© is that it’s not very pushchair friendly, as both¬†paths¬†to the entrance have steps, and one path¬†has slabs and gravel which again is not too practical for a pushchair. Aside from that the caf√©¬†is in a lovely setting in Clifton with a nice grassy outdoor area. Continue reading

Sam’s Creative Cakes, Bristol – Part 2

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I recently purchased some cupcakes from Sam’s Creative Cakes for my boyfriend’s birthday. These¬†went down a treat, which was great as¬†I had already ordered my own birthday cake from Sam!

I’d already decided that I wanted an 8 inch round cake rather than cupcakes, as I had more people that it needed to serve, but in terms of the design and flavour, this was initially quite difficult. However,¬†as I said in my previous post, Sam is great at designing her cakes and making you think of things you’d like on them, which is good when you’re trying to think of what to have on your own birthday cake ūüôā

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Sam’s Creative Cakes, Bristol – Part 1

I recently saw an advert on a Facebook page for a local cake maker and it gave me the idea to order a cake for my boyfriend’s birthday and another for my own birthday a week later, so I started trying to find some bakers in and around Bristol.

My¬†main request was that the cakes¬†had to be gluten free,¬†but I also didn’t want to pay extortionate prices, which some of them unfortunately were. After getting a few different prices and viewed some examples, I came across Sam’s Creative Cakes, based in St George. Continue reading