A real piece of cake; it’s one of those things you take for granted until one day, you can’t have it any more.
The pleasure of a fork diving headlong into the little mound of fluffy, soft and sweet. The enjoyable mess of frosting as you try, and fail, to tackle a beautiful cupcake gracefully. These are the experiences that Buttercelli gives back to those with almost any dietary restriction you can think of.
LA wins again in the “Most Options” category, and Buttercelli Bake Shop is a champion among them.
I love listening to either music or talk radio on the weekends while I cook or bake. Neil Saavedra hosts one of my favorite radio programs The Fork Report on KFI AM 640 Saturday afternoon. It’s particularly fun to listen to the Fork Report while I play with my own stove. Neil is a huge Buttercelli fan and I was super excited to hear him mention that they offer not only sugar-free, but paleo treats!
This was not long after I had decided to go grain-free for a while to give my digestive system a break and to heal my leaky gut once and for all. I made the trek out to Sherman Oaks, and I was not disappointed. I had a cashew lemon bar, which was really delicious. There was literally no where else in town I could find a bakery item that I could have. Grain-free, sugar-free is a tall order, but Buttercelli filled it.
A few months later, my sister surprised me by ordering a grain-free, sugar-free almond torte for Valentine’s Day. It came with sugar-free raspberry preserves. The whole thing was sweetened with xylitol. I still hadn’t tried re-introducing fruits back into my diet, so I let Nick eat the raspberries and I whipped up a sugar-free frosting at home for my half. It was so a nice to be able to have a cake.
But the best was yet to come.
I decided that, after over 6 months of grain-free living, I would be able to relax my diet by adding some gluten-free grains back in. So for my birthday, I ordered a half dozen gluten-free, sugar-free lemon cupcakes. My sister came into town to celebrate with me; it was the perfect opportunity since I had an extra mouth around to help eat them.
I’ve been sugar-free for almost 2 years now and my taste buds aren’t used to sweets anymore. I can handle it in small amounts, but I suffered a relapse into some Candida symptoms back in December by over-doing the Xylitol in an eggnog recipe. Bummer. So I was nervous. At this point I still can’t have coconut sugar or date sugar, they cause symptom flare ups. This is the only bakery I know of that offers xylitol-sweetened baked goods.
I hate to come across as an even higher maintenance customer, but I asked them to go light on the sweetener for me. They were incredibly gracious and understanding, even offering to go light on the frosting.
When I opened my box of cupcakes, I was filled with pure joy. They were just beautiful.
I bit into the first thing truly resembling a cupcake for the first time in, oh, forever. I was ecstatic with the subtle sweetness and lemon. Neither the tart nor the sweet dominated and the texture was moist and fluffy.
Everything about it was just right: the way it looked, the way it tasted, the way it felt and the way that I still felt awesome after eating it. To be able to enjoy something so expertly constructed without suffering is encouraging.
Buttercelli truly embodies the tough-to-achieve adage of “something for everyone” in an age of rampant food allergies.
It’s important to note that they offer traditional sweets and savory treats as well. So if you’re one of those lucky normal people, Buttercelli is still for you. But I’m telling you, if you brought gluten-free and even sugar-free offerings from Buttercelli to a party and didn’t say a word, no one would know the difference. And that along with their expansive variables for whatever you need, is what makes Buttercelli so special.
Have you been to Buttercelli?
What are your favorite treats from them?
What alternative sweeteners do you like to have in your sweets?