The Gluten Diary: Glutopia Artisan Bakery
At the start of my gluten-free journey, I believed that it would be the end of eating my favourite foods and living off of meat and vegetables; but I have recently discovered that it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite my intolerance starting a couple of years ago; it is only the last couple of months I have truly become strict with my diet. Everyone is aware of the free-from bread and pasta options but fresh cakes at a bakery? Not so much. Until I came across Glutopia, I thought all hope of having freshly baked cakes was lost.
Today I had a lovely day out shopping in Kingston upon Thames with my cousin Jessica; she also blogs over at secretdiaryofjess.com and will have a post about her views on Glutopia on Sunday 19th August. As Jessica cannot have dairy, eggs or gluten she tried the vegan options so she has plenty to write about!
I also fell in love with the feel of the bakery, not only is it lovely and clean; the minimalistic style is my favourite aesthetic. As well as cupcakes, they also sell brownies and cakes for special occasions; faith has been restored in humanity and now we can both enjoy a tasty birthday cake without gluten but still full of flavour. They have a wide range of cupcakes and brownies for both coeliacs and vegans to enjoy and they taste just as good as your regular cupcake.
I chose the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla cupcake as well as the salted caramel brownie – which was like a slice of birthday cake must I add. Jessica enjoyed the chocolate vegan cupcake, vanilla vegan cupcake and two vegan chocolate brownies to save for her weekend treat.
The buttercream to cake ratio was perfect which ensured that the cake was not too dry or left you needing a glass of water; which is something I often find with gluten-free cakes. I saved my salted caramel brownie for later and was delighted to find that it contained chocolate chunks inside, much better than the Morrisons brownies I have tried.
Both cakes together were around £6.50 which for the generous size of the brownie, I would say is definitely worth as a little treat. I definitely would not spend this every week, however, I cannot explain how good it feels to be able to have a day out and still grab a sweet treat. The staff were completely lovely and were very patient while my indecisive self-took forever to make a choice.
If you ever take a trip to Kingston, I would definitely recommend checking Glutopia out. I will definitely be returning soon and hope that bakeries like this become available globally; this would be perfect in Portsmouth for when I need a revision treat. Finally, if you do visit, make sure to let me know what your thoughts are and let me know what you get.
Courtney Bekah x