The fact that BabyCakes NYC set up shop at Disney World’s Downtown Disney is not actually new information. I’ve certainly frequented their tucked-away shop at least once per trip over the last two years. But, I haven’t actually taken the time to wax-poetic about my love for this sweet shop in the way that it deserves.
BabyCakes offers treats for those that either have food sensitivities, or choose to follow a more “persnickety” diet (their own terminology). All natural, organic, and deceptively delicious, the sweets are free of most common allergens, including wheat, gluten, dairy, and eggs. They generally use agave to sweeten, and use it sparingly. This creates something that can be eaten without the sugar-induced coma of a Mickey Ice Cream Bar. BabyCakes is even certified Kosher and Vegan!
While Doughnuts and Cupcakes can hardly ever be classified as healthy, BabyCakes has done all they can to make them that way. Gluten free products are all made using Bob’s Red Mill rice flour or garbanzo/fava bean mix, and what little they offer that isn’t gluten free is made with spelt. Although Canola Oil is used for some things, their primary oil is Coconut, which has too many health benefits to list. Agave is low on the glycemic index, and while I might prefer if they instead used honey, I still find agave vastly superior to regular sugar.
The Downtown Disney location has an online menu, meaning you can go ahead and drool over what you’ll be ordering when your vacation nears. I can personally vouch for the Red Velvet Cupcakes, Banana Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Loaves, and every single flavor of Doughnut.
The Doughnuts. How do I love them? Let me count the ways. They taste like nothing even remotely resembling healthy. Bordering on the cake-like, the consistency is very moist, slightly crumbly, and dense. One is enough to fill you up and stave off hunger, which means you don’t crave a box of them. They certainly aren’t your run-of-the-mill Krispy Kremes, not simply because of the alternative ingredients, but because they aren’t dunked in hot oil and fried. Rather, the happy ladies who spend their day creating these treats bake the doughnuts. And they are baked all day long, meaning that if you pop in for a late night snack, you won’t be purchasing something that’s been sitting behind the counter for twelve hours.
BabyCakes also offers two cookbooks. Simply bake your own if the above pictures made you unable to wait for your next trip to Disney! I purchased one as a Christmas gift this year, and will probably get a copy of both of them for myself in the near future. The original and much-talked about is BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery
The second has just been released, and features more Doughnut and specialty recipes. This one is called BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles.Little Vegan Planet and BabyCakes NYC.