No one likes to be left out, but special dietary needs can make that a challenge. Gluten-free cookies made with almond flour? Not for the nut-free kid. Pudding cups for the class? Not if someone’s dairy-free.
That’s the impetus behind Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Cupcakes. The cupcakes are free of wheat, soy, eggs, gluten, dairy, nuts, casein, refined sugars, honey, seeds and apples. They’re also made in a dedicated allergen-free facility to avoid any cross-contamination risks.
Izzi B’s namesake hails from the founder’s daughter, Isabella, who was diagnosed with an egg allergy right before her 1st birthday. The diagnosis sparked the idea for a cupcake that all kids could enjoy, regardless of food allergy needs.
The cupcakes are baked fresh and then frozen for shipping, so you can order them in advance and keep them in the freezer until the big day. They’re best enjoyed at room temperature, so I immediately set our samples out to defrost. Within about 2 hours, the mini cupcakes were ready for eating. (Thank you to Izzi B’s for including a list of very clear instructions with the delivery. It makes all the difference!)
First up, we tried the assortment of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla and chocolate frostings. The cake is dense, so it’s important to make sure the cupcakes are completely defrosted; they become much spongier as they thaw. The frosting is applied in a series of little peaks, giving the cupcakes a whimsical flair. Flavor-wise, the frosting is very sweet, like a sugary buttercream. While I’m usually a vanilla-vanilla fan, the chocolate frosting won me over, mostly because of the little non-dairy chocolate chips on top.
My favorite, however, was the Pumpkin Spice Cupcake with Maple Frosting. They look similar to the vanilla cupcakes, but when you take a bite, it’s clear that something seasonal is going on. I couldn’t quite put my foot on it at first, but the flavor has that hearty, pumpkin-y element that balances the sweetness of the frosting. A lovely treat for your allergen-free Thanksgiving table.
In the true spirit of the holidays, Izzi B’s is participating in a Gingerbread competition at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Their entry is “Izzi B’s Dream Bakery: An Allergen-Free Holiday Gingerbread Tribute Because Everyone Deserves a Cupcake,” and it features gingerbread people bearing the logos of food allergy and intolerance advocacy groups – including NFCA! You can help them take home the prize (and spread awareness) by voting for their entry now through Dec. 18.
To order Izzi B’s cupcakes, visit www.ibcakes.com