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I believe that everyone in this world is entitled to few certain things. Food, shelter, water, love, happiness, an education… these are the things at the top of the list. But there are also things that are almost as important at the bottom of the list, such as being able to eat yummy cake! You might not realise it if you don’t have an issue with gluten, but people with gluten intolerance’s often have to make do with absolutely rubbish desserts and cakes.

What comes to your mind when you think of gluten-free food? For me its the special ‘free from’ aisle in the supermarket, featuring all manner of heavy dense, (hugely expensive) breads, odd looking pasta and the amazing Mrs Crimble’s macaroons (if you haven’t tried them, get thee to a shop, quick!).

I hadn’t even thought about what people with gluten or wheat intolerances would do when they want to order a celebration or wedding cake, as often makers of those kinds of cakes don’t offer a gluten-free alternative. Then I heard about Doubly Delicious, a local bakery that specialises in gluten-free cakes and goodies!

Rachel, from Bramcote in Nottinghamshire set up her business in October last year after realising that she was wheat and gluten intolerant, and being disappointed in the range of gluten-free products out there. So Doubly Delicious was born! Using gluten-free flower by Doves Farm and a kitchen that’s as gluten-free as possible, she whips up sweet treats for celiacs to enjoy. Here are a selection of some of her lovely cakes – the flowers shown are all made of sugarpaste – aren’t they remarkable?

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Last week I was lucky enough to sample some of Rachel’s cupcakes – check them out!

Rachel supplied some cupcakes and flapjacks, so I split four of the cupcakes with my workmates, and delivered the remaining cupcakes and the flapjacks to my work friend Kelly, who is gluten intolerant. Here are her thoughts on the cupcakes…

In terms of how they compare with other gluten free cakes I was very impressed. Usually gluten free cakes can be quite stodgy and dense but these were refreshingly light in texture and you wouldn’t have known that they were made with alternative products. They weren’t as sweet as most other cakes but this helped to balance the topping which more than compensated with a sugar hit. Overall they were miles better than shop bought alternatives and some of the best gluten free cake I’ve tried.

The flapjacks I thought were less good but that’s a personal view. I know oats that can claim they aren’t contaminated by gluten can be more expensive but I felt that it should have included more oats as the alternative here didn’t quite live up to the beloved oat flapjack. I do like a ‘gooey’ flapjack but found these to be too soft and the consistency meant they feel apart too easily.

As for my and my workmates thoughts – I didn’t get to try the flapjacks, but we all absolutely loved the cupcakes. They were deliciously light, fluffy and yummy. The frosting was also amazing – Rachel uses cream cheese in a lot of her frostings rather than straight buttercream and doesn’t use too much frosting, so they are not too sickly – especially with the lovely strawberry on top. All of my workmates unanimously agreed that they cupcakes were delicious and we would never have thought that they were anything other than regularly (amazing) cupcakes!

I saw Rachel again at a market in Beeston and purchased one of her lemon cupcakes….. (I didn’t take a picture of it because I gobbled it too quickly but again it was fantastic). Light lemon sponge, marscapone frosting with real lemon zest… my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

If you’re local to Nottinghamshire, check out Rachel’s website here & thanks to Kelly for being my guinea pig and Rachel for her lovely cakes! And don’t forget to stop by the next NOT the Camden Market on July 1st in Beeston and pick up some of her lovely goodies.

Do you have any food allergies or intolerances? How do you cope with them?

x Kerry