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Living gluten free needn't be dull. We're constantly discovering quality
free-from products and it is a real pleasure to introduce more and more producers making these goods, to The Artisan Food Trail.
Just because cakes need to be made in a different way to make sure they
are gluten free, doesn't mean they need to compromise on taste, texture
Love at First Bake make a range of cakes, muffins, cookies and pastries that look and taste so delicious that anyone can enjoy them.
After experimenting with various recipes, Teri-Ann Winslow launched her gluten free brand in September 2013.
Teri-Ann says, "I'm a foodie, so when I decided to remove gluten from my diet because of wheat intolerance I didn't realise how difficult it was going to be to find a good choice of tasty, affordable products."
Everything made at Love at First Bake is handmade which lends a little more character to the finished product. Each cake or muffin will look slightly different to the last but that is by no means detracting – it says, 'I'm not mass produced', something we're very much in favour of.
An emphasis is placed on using locally sourced ingredients where possible and all eggs used are free range.
Shortly after becoming a member of The Artisan Food Trail, Love at First Bake sent us some of their cakes to try, one of these was a Coconut & Lemon layer cake.
Although only six inches in diameter it makes up for its width, in height, with two substantially thick cakes sandwiched together with lemon curd and a cream cheese frosting.
The cake is moist with a good crumb texture and infused with lemon zest and the softest coconut. Sometimes desiccated coconut can be dry and has a tendency to have a 'bitty' texture, but not so with this cake.
In the middle is a good amount of gorgeous rich and tangy lemon curd
and the lightest of coconut cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese frosting
also decorates the top and shreds of lemon zest and toasted coconut complete the cake.
We love this cake and you'd never know it was gluten free. Evidently, a lot of care and attention went into baking it.
We have some more Love at First Bake's cakes to tell you about so look out for another article soon.