I was at Celiac Awareness Day in September at Harry's Farmer's Market in Alpharetta when I met a lovely woman selling a cake made out of spinach and squash. And carrots. Vegan. Gluten free. Non-dairy, too. I swear to you, my immediate thought was BLEAH.
But the cake was petite and beautiful, and aslice of it on the plate looked delicious -- like a gourmet carrot-spice cake, MY FAVORITE, I thought.
Being that I am watching my blood-glucose level, I tasted a small bite. I was BLOWN AWAY by the richness, the texture, and the spicy flavor. I told the baker then, I am going to write about your product on my blog. And while it has taken me a while, my thoughts are truly sincere:
Thank you, American GraFrutti. You sure named this cake right when you called it "They'll Never Know..."
I ran into the talented baker behind American GraFrutti, the beautiful Marilyn Santulli, at the Atlanta Gluten-Free Vendor Fair last month, and I told her I was still planning to blog about her wonderful cake. She gave me one to bring home and savor, and I greatly appreciated it. I managed to sneak a few bites of the sample, and again, it was luscious and delicious.
Marilyn's photo is from her website.
I am more like saving the cake, though, because it is the PERFECT dessert to take to a holiday party this year. First, it's priced very reasonably -- at Return to Eden, the cost is about $11 for the small cake. I also saw it at Whole Foods for a similar price. Also, it is a beautiful cake -- frosted in cream-colored rich icing, it has beautiful piping and is placed in a perfect little box and frozen. I think this cake would make a splendid gift for a gluten-free housewarming (or hostess) gift! I know I would love it!
But you know what else the wonderful Marilyn makes? Fruitcake. I didn't get to try it -- I don't know why--but you have to know, I ADORE FRUITCAKE and have missed is so much since going gluten free. So you can bet I will be ringing up Marilyn to order some fruitcake for the holidays. You don't have to worry, though -- I won't pass it on to you like some dumb booby prize in a "dirty Santa" game. I will keep it for myself and eat it greedily, little bit by little bit... They even ship nationwide!
But back to American GraFrutti. Did I mention the wonderful Pimento Cheese? I bought a tub for $5 and greedily scarfed it down on some Udi's White Bread for a sandwich I know and love...and Marilyn's is great. And there are the "trufflesque" Carob Coconut Drop Cookies, too. Oh my! I love them, too.
But the "They'll Never Know" cake has stolen my heart while not clogging it with cholesterol and bad things. You GOTTA love that.
This information comes from my friend
Jennifer D. Harris' post on Examiner.Com.(Yay JGF!)
I think it's important to include the ingredient list, but for goodness sake, don't let this stop you from buying this wonderful cake! It is AWESOME! Like Marilyn said, "They'll Never Know!"
“They’ll Never Know” Cake
American Gra-Frutti, LLC
P.O. Box 72406, Marietta, GA 30007
CAKE: ORGANIC NATURAL EVAPORATED CANE SUGAR, TAPIOCA STARCH, WHITE RICE FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, CHICKORY ROOT, SEA SALT, GRAINLESS & ALUMINUM FREE BAKING POWDER, (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ACID PRYOPHOSPHATE, POTATO STARCH), ORGANIC VANILLA POWDERED (CONTAINS CORN DERIVATIVES, RICE BRAN, XANATHAN GUM), CAGE FREE EGGS, FILTERED WATER, UNSWEETENED PINEAPPLE, ORGANIC CARROT,ORGANIC SQUASH, GRAPESEED OIL, ORGANIC SPINACH, CINNAMON, BICARBONATE OF SODA, ORGANIC ALMOND FLAVOR),
FROSTING: ORGANIC POWDERED SUGAR, VEGAN BUTTER (EXPELLER-PRESSED) NATURAL
OIL BLEND (SOYBEAN, PALM FRUIT, CANOLA AND OLIVE OILS), FILTERED WATER, PURE SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR (DERIVED FROM CORN,NO MSG, NO ALCOHOL, NO GLUTEN), SOY PROTEIN, SOY LECITHIN, LACTIC ACID (NON-DAIRY, DERIVED FROM SUGAR BEETS), COLORED WITH BETA-CAROTENE FROM NATURAL SOURCE), ORGANIC ALMOND FLAVOR).
CONTAINS: EGGS, SOY
Much love, and you're right, "They'll Never Know!"