Ever since I saw an article about Babycakes in Delight Magazine, I’ve wanted to go there. Our New York City adventures are usually short weekend trips, and we never have time to fit in all of the places that we want to visit. (You know that I’m really referring to places I want to eat, right?) Babycakes has been on my list for years now, and we finally made the trek downtown to the Lower East Side for a long awaited sweet treat in a unique little bakery.
Babycakes’ claim to fame is that their goodies are actually good for you. They use all-natural, organic alternatives that are free from common allergens like wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, and eggs. While they use sweeteners sparingly, these will not include refined white sugar. They favor agave nectar and evaporated cane juice. You will even find agave nectar at the counter to sweeten your coffee.
There were so many gluten-free options to chose from that it was overwhelming. I could have had an assortment of muffins, cookies, cookie sandwiches, crumbcakes, brownies, cupcakes, and even banana and pumpkin loaves. But I chose a gluten-free mocha chocolate cupcake.
The Husband opted for the chocolate chip cookies. We’re pretty predictable.
The goodies were delicious. So why was Babycakes always shuffled to the bottom of my “must try” list? I have to admit, I really didn’t expect to like it. Of course, I assumed I would enjoy the baked goods. But I wasn’t sure that I’d like the vibe in a place that had a slick pink website, articles in multiple national magazines, and a second shop in Los Angeles. The whole operation smacked of a glitzy corporation digging their greedy fingers into the gluten-free money-making pie.
I love my gluten-free bakeries and restaurants that have been started by people with a mission to serve the gluten-free community. I love their entrepreneurial spirits and their dedication to the local scene. I will do all that I can to support Tasha and Lindsay at Fiddlecakes and April from April’s Bakery in Nashville, Tully at Tulu’s Bakery in New York, and Peter at Matteo’s Pizza in Franklin who makes his own gluten-free crusts. I just assumed that nationally-known Babycakes would be different. I couldn’t have been more wrong. One step into this quirky little bakery and it was clear that Babycakes is here to provide safe options for those of us who have quirky dietary needs, not just gluten, but other allergens as well. And there are a lot of quirky people in New York City, both behind and in front of the counters!
Babycakes will definitely be at the top of our list for our next trip. Don’t let the press fool you. It’s a cool little place with some great New York flavor. Like most places in the City, just be prepared to get cozy with the people beside you.