Starting from Scratch Bakery
Chocolate Blackberry Merlot (Gluten Free!) Cupcakes
Nine years ago I developed a terrible allergy to wheat. If I eat even the smallest amount I become extremely sick to my stomach, have swelling in my joints, and even get numbness in my extremities. Several times I’ve even had to be hospitalized- it’s not fun. Because I really have had no other choice, I went nearly a decade without a delicious baked dessert. Sure over the years I’ve tried making my own, bought brand after brand of gluten free cakes, cupcakes, muffins, etc. but none were even close to eating the real thing.
Honestly, I had given up years ago on finding a good dessert. So I was a bit skeptical when Susan from Starting from Scratch Bakery contacted me about trying some of her products. Starting from Scratch Bakery is a mail order/delivery bakery that specializes in cupcakes, cakes, muffins, cookies and scones (most of which can also be made gluten free). But after she offered up the chance to try her Chocolate Blackberry Merlot, with a name like that, I couldn’t refuse.
I was curious how she would ship the cupcakes and what condition they would arrive in, and I loved the packaging when it arrived. As shown in the photo above, the cupcakes came in a small reusable glass jar with ribbon and a small utensil. Aside from the cute presentation, I think the glass actually helps keep the cupcakes moist too. Here’s a shot inside the jar:
Now to the cupcakes themselves…I was speechless at first bite. They were moist, rich, and flavorful. Many gluten free products are dry and crumbly, but there was a cohesiveness that many GF products lack. The Chocolate Blackberry Merlot are three flavors that blend beautifully too. Sometimes baking with too many main ingredients can be overwhelming, but in this case Chocolate Blackberry Merlot blend perfectly together. The chocolate is rich, the blackberry is sweet and the merlot is the perfect compliment. It was divine.
If the gluten free items taste this good, I cannot even imagine how delicious the “regular” items must be! You can find out more about Susan and how Starting from Scratch Bakery got its start, available items and flavors as well as how to order on the website and don’t forget to “like” them on Facebook too!