Understanding the Importance of Gluten Free Bakery Options

Understanding the Importance of Gluten Free Bakery Options

Mouth-watering baked goods bring joy to those who indulge in them at special events or “just because.” However, not everyone can enjoy a slice of cake or cookie as a fun treat. For some people, one pesky protein commonly found in baked goods, gluten, means they can’t enjoy most baked goods.

Offering gluten-free baked goods to customers is important to do to establish yourself as a successful bakery.

An Overview of Gluten

Wheat, rye, and barley contain a family of proteins called gluten. Gluten gives dough and batter its elastic texture and helps food like baked products keep their shape. Many foods contain gluten, from baked goods like cakes, pastries, bread, and cereals to salad dressings, soups, and caramel syrups. While many people enjoy foods that contain gluten without a second thought, plenty of people must avoid consumption of gluten completely.

Going Gluten Free

Going gluten free means avoiding eating foods and using products that contain gluten. People choose to go gluten free for various reasons. People with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that makes people unable to properly digest gluten products, must adhere to a gluten-free diet to avoid illness and damage to the small intestine. Others experience gluten sensitivity where they feel ill or experience symptoms after eating gluten. Some people choose to go gluten free for personal reasons.

Restricting your diet to exclude gluten means needing to carefully seek out foods that avoid gluten products, including sweet treats like bakery items. Though gluten is extremely common in baked goods, gluten-free baked items can be made.

Gluten-free Products

To accommodate a gluten-free diet, bakers create original solutions to make delicious, gluten-free products. Gluten gives baked products their fluffy and sticky texture; so, to offer gluten-free baked goods, bakeries must use ingredients that make up for a lack of gluten.

Gluten-free flours such as almond flour and rice flour make great gluten-free substitutes. Gluten-free baking powders and baking sodas create a texture like the one gluten provides. Adding more eggs to a product helps it to stay intact.

Find delicious, gluten-free cakes, cupcakes, and more from Classic Cakes, a custom cake shop in Carmel, Indiana offering unique cakes made with the best ingredients.

The Romantic History of Sweetest Day

The Romantic History of Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is a holiday that was created simply to brighten the life of someone else which is a holiday we here at Classic Cakes can get behind. This year, Sweetest Day lands on October 20. Classic Cakes has gathered some fun information about the history of Sweetest Day, and of course, we think a… Continue Reading

Fall Wedding Cake Trends to Watch

Fall Wedding Cake Trends to Watch

Fall is one season that brides love to take advantage of when it comes to wedding planning. With cooler temperatures and stunning foliage, many couples choose to get married during the fall season for good reason. From cakes dripping in bold colors of gold to geometric patterned tiers, Classic Cakes has highlighted wedding cake trends… Continue Reading

Top Tips for Picking a Wedding Cake

Top Tips for Picking a Wedding Cake

Here at Classic Cakes, we understand that planning a wedding can be overwhelming. From securing a DJ to creating your centerpieces, you have a lot of details to consider leading up to the big day. Classic Cakes has cooked up some simple suggestions that will help you choose your wedding cake. Consider Your Guest List… Continue Reading

Best Beginner Tips for Aspiring Bakers

Best Beginner Tips for Aspiring Bakers

At Classic Cakes, we know the feeling: you’ve gotten the overwhelming desire to bake. You’ve seen a cake, or a pie, or a dessert that you have fallen in love with, and it’s time for you to try your hand at it. Baking is an age-old tradition and lifelong passion that you will only get… Continue Reading

Trending Wedding Cakes with Summer in Full Swing

Trending Wedding Cakes with Summer in Full Swing

It is finally wedding season: blushing brides and good-looking grooms anxiously await their big day, spending every free moment perfecting all the details. One of the most exciting aspects of wedding planning is choosing the wedding cake which serves as an artistic and memorable centerpiece of the reception. Back in December, we predicted the popular… Continue Reading

Congratulations Cupcakes and Cake Ideas for Graduation Season

Congratulations Cupcakes and Cake Ideas for Graduation Season

Your college graduation is an important milestone and we think all milestones should be celebrated with desserts, because, who doesn’t love to indulge every so often? We’ve compiled some fun congratulations cupcake and cake ideas for the occasion to make your college grad’s day special. A Cap and Diploma Cake to Celebrate Scholarly Achievements An… Continue Reading

Cake Themes for Baby’s First Birthday

Cake Themes for Baby’s First Birthday

Planning your child’s first birthday party can be a challenge. It doesn’t take much to keep a one-year-old entertained; but what about the adults? Well, that’s what cake is for. Great dessert keeps stomachs full and smiles plenty. Here are some cake themes and flavor ideas for baby’s first birthday that will leave a delicious… Continue Reading

The Unicorn Trend in Pastry Art America

The Unicorn Trend in Pastry Art America

The “unicorn trend” spread its seeds when Starbucks unveiled a limited debut of its unicorn Frappuccino to consumers this past April, and that trend has spilled over into the pastry arts with bakers crafting specialty cakes and desserts in whimsical fashion.  What’s the fascination behind this fable like obsession with unicorns? What desire do we… Continue Reading

Best Toppings for Cakes

Best Toppings for Cakes

When you are baking a cake, there are so many different toppings that you can put on it to finish it off. Some of the toppings are strictly for show and will be used to make your cake look more decorative, while others are designed to make your cake taste even better than it already… Continue Reading

Top Cakes Filled with Fall Flavor

Top Cakes Filled with Fall Flavor

When you think about fall cake flavors, what is the first one that comes to mind? If you’re thinking “pumpkin,” you are not alone. That’s the flavor that most people associate with the autumn season. However, it’s important to know that pumpkin is just one of the many flavors that you can incorporate into a… Continue Reading

Why We Prefer Birthday Cake

Why We Prefer Birthday Cake

If your birthday or a loved one’s birthday is coming up, you may find yourself wondering: should I go for the traditional birthday cake or order a batch of cupcakes that seem to be gracing dessert tables more often? Classic Cakes believes that a traditional cake is the absolute best option when it comes to… Continue Reading

Celebrate Labor Day with a Sweet Treat

Celebrate Labor Day with a Sweet Treat

  Many people celebrate the end of summer with a Labor Day party, where they fire up the grill and enjoy the company of loved ones before hectic schedules start back up. If you’re planning on hosting a Labor Day picnic, consider serving a themed cake for dessert that guests of all ages can enjoy.… Continue Reading

Healthy Substitutes for Cake Baking

Healthy Substitutes for Cake Baking

Have you ever been in the middle of a recipe and realized you were missing an ingredient? Luckily, many recipes have substitutions that will work just as well as the main ingredients would have. In fact, many ingredient substitutions end up being healthier than what the recipe originally called for. Cinnamon Instead of Sugar Cinnamon… Continue Reading

Preserving Cakes in Warm Weather

Preserving Cakes in Warm Weather

If you’re planning a wedding this summer, you’ve probably had a few nightmares about your beautiful cake melting in the hot summer sun. However, there are simple steps you can take to preserve your delicious cake during the hot summer months and preserve its beautiful design and elegant flavor. Icing Choices If you’re torn between… Continue Reading

Celebrate the Tradition of First Communion

For many Catholic and Christian families, the Easter celebration is a very significant time of year. It also happens to coincide with the First Communion season for many families when sons and daughters mark one of the first educational milestones of their lives in the church. For a young child, the First Holy Communion is… Continue Reading

Bring Fun to Your Child’s Birthday

Are you planning a child’s birthday party and stressing about all the details? We know how it feels, especially when you have to create an event that’s not only fun for the kids, but enjoyable for all the parents who will attend, too. No birthday is complete without a cake, and if you’re looking for… Continue Reading

Celebrate Your Shower in Style With Custom Cakes

Everyone loves to celebrate big occasions like a new baby or a wedding. If you’re planning a baby shower or a wedding shower to celebrate special someone with love and gifts, Classic Cakes has the perfect cake for your event. Wedding Showers Wedding showers are a great way to show the bride-to-be how much she… Continue Reading

Five Great Summertime Cake Trends

Wedding cake trends tend to shift from year to year, especially when it comes to seasonal themes like floral for spring and summer and more autumnal tones for fall and winter. This summer, we’re seeing some really fun and different trends in wedding cakes. Check five of our favorites from The Huffington Post below! Tall… Continue Reading

Get a Good Grade at Your Grad Party

The best part about planning a graduation party is picking out the cake! A graduation cake can implement a number of design elements, from the classic cap and scroll, to celebrating the school that the graduate is leaving, to announcing future plans – or any combination of the three! Here are some cool graduation cake… Continue Reading

Big Anniversary? Special Valentine’s Day? Get a Custom Cake!

One of the best symbols of any celebration is the cake. Birthdays, anniversaries, romantic holidays and just-because days deserve some sweetness from a delicious and beautiful cake. You can purchase a standard cake at any bakery, but it will probably lack the pizazz and style of a customized cake. Creativity comes in a variety of… Continue Reading

Presents Under the Tree? Why Not on the Table?

A common scene associated with the holiday season is delicately wrapped presents sitting beneath a fully decorated and lit-up tree. Children and adults alike stare at this scene in anticipation, ready to grab those perfect boxes to see what lies underneath their flawless exteriors. This year, instead of only piling presents underneath a tree, consider… Continue Reading

Recent Wedding Cake Trends

2015 has been filled with a variety of beautiful and unique wedding cakes. As we enter into the fall and winter wedding seasons, there are a few trends we absolutely love! Whether you are interested in traditional white, bright ombre or a dazzling metallic, there are plenty of delectable options to consider with Classic Cakes.… Continue Reading

The Perfect Cake for Every Autumn Celebration

  September is almost here, with falling leaves and the scent of crisp air just around the corner. Whether you are hosting a fall birthday party or baby shower, planning ahead for next year’s autumn nuptials or looking for a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving dessert, Classic Cakes has some delectable ideas for you to consider. Flavors Autumn… Continue Reading

The Minimalist Guide to Designing a Simple Wedding Cake

One of the most important pieces to a traditional wedding reception is the wedding cake. Whether the cake is extravagant or simple, it is going to be devoured by all of the reception-goers. Don’t forget, though, that next to the bride and groom, the wedding cake is one of the most photographed items at the… Continue Reading

How do I order a wedding cake?

There are lots of things to worry about when planning your wedding day. Your cake shouldn’t be one of them. When you are in the hands of a trusted baker, you’ll know it. Every need will be taken care of and every question will have an answer. Whether you want something traditional or you’re planning… Continue Reading

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day!

The evolution of the “chocolate cake” is an interesting one with the most historically annotated account assembled by The Food Timeline. Initially, chocolate cake was a reference to cake that didn’t even include chocolate as an ingredient, rather it was cake consumed with a chocolate beverage. Later, yellow or spiced cakes were iced with a… Continue Reading