The highlight of going to gluten free events for Riley is cupcakes. He is 5, its pretty much what he lives for. Through out the whole 2 hour drive to Cleveland, Riley kept asking “I can eat any cupcake right? … cause they will all be gluten free.” He was so bummed that there wasn’t a cupcake at the Cleveland stop of the Celiac Tour.
Sadly my excitement of finding a gluten free cupcake place was quickly crushed as I learned they were sold out of gluten free for the day. They had chocolate and salted caramel cakeballs that were gluten free so I grabbed 2 of those for me and Ry.
Riley was a bit disappointed at it wasn’t a real cupcake with a bunch of frosting but he loved it. I wish I had bought more because the salted caramel was amazing. When Ry got up the next morning, he instantly started asking if we could go to the cupcake store and see if they had cupcakes.
After checking the Pure DeLites facebook page to see what gluten free flavors they would be offering that day, I decided we’d make a quick stop. The Toasted Snowball is what drew me in… chocolate cake, vanilla frosting and toasted coconut? yes please! I picked out a half dozen cupcakes to take back home with us. Three Gluten Free Chocolate Caramel Salted- Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, caramel drizzle and black salt topping. Two Gluten Free Vanilla Chip- Vanilla chocolate chip cake, vanilla frosting, chocolate chips. One Vegan & Gluten Free Toasted Snowball- Chocolate cake, vanilla frosting, toasted coconut.
Since Riley spotted the sugar cookies upon walking in the door, we decided to split a cupcake so that we could have a sugar cookie too. We split the Vanilla Chip. Ry loved that there was a lot of frosting and was even more excited that it had chocolate chips inside it. It was very good.. moist, fluffy and no hint of gluten free taste. It made me want to taste my Toasted Snowball but that would have meant having to share with Riley. Not that I’m against sharing with my kid but he doesn’t like coconut so he would have just wasted it.
I love a good iced sugar cookie. These were some of the best I’ve had. Solid with a good crunch but the middle was made up of flaky goodness. Riley tried stealing the rest of my cookie. He was bummed that we had bought the last two.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the cupcakes lasted. A lot of gluten free baked goods tend to be awful if they have been room temp for too long. We had picked up the cupcakes Sunday afternoon and the last one wasn’t touched till lunch time on Tuesday. I didn’t take any special measures to keep them. The box was just sitting out on the counter till the last one was packed to be a special treat at Kindergarten that day.
If you are in the Strongsville area, I highly recommend stopping in for a sweet treat. I wish I was closer than 2 hours away… though that might be a good thing. Riley has asked several times to go back to Amanda and Andrews because they are close to the cupcake store. I have a feeling that a stop at Pure DeLites is going to be a must if we are out that way visiting. Writing this post is making me wish I had a Toasted Snowball cupcake right now.