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My Big, Fat, Gluten-Free Birthday

Submitted by on November 13, 2011 – 6:15 pm2 Comments

Before you get too excited, I won’t be posting a recipe for the fantastic Gluten-free Banana Cake with Nutella filling and Chocolate Buttercream Icing that  we got to celebrate my birthday this year… but I will provide the next best thing: the skinny (OK, poor choice of words) on where I got it.

This divine creation was made by Stephanie Avitable of Avitably Delicious in Hoboken, NJ.  She’s a trained pastry chef who offers a variety of conventional and gluten-free cakes with a delightfully tempting list of fillings and an impressive number of gluten-free cake options.   This delicious specimen of cakefulness was particularly notable for its real banana-ey flavor, its light-as-air filling and frosting, and the perfect balance of sweetness.  It was not, as many cakes are, cloyingly sweet, and I really appreciated the thin layer of fluffy frosting which didn’t drown out the cake.  It was every bit as good as my dreamy banana wedding cake, which was NOT gluten-free!

Stephanie delivers in NYC and NJ (see her website for delivery pricing), or you can pick it up in Hoboken as I did.  I found her cakes to be very competitively priced compared to some of the also-terrific NYC options (same price as an 8″ round from Tu-Lu’s, my other favorite GF cake joint–with seemingly comparable delivery fees).

We also went out for a fabulous dinner at Pulqueria— a too-cool-for-school Mexican place on a forlorn street in Chinatown that felt more like a  vintage Hollywood movie set than an actual, functioning alleyway in the year 2011.  The restaurant, down an unmarked stairwell in a now-defunct Vietnamese Restaurant’s space, featured a fantastic and unusual street-food inspired menu that was almost entirely gluten-free–including a real rarity: an empanada-like quesadilla made from corn instead of wheat flour.  And yes, it was deep fried.  Even nutritionists are entitled to let their hair down once a year, no?  The tower of special salsas was a show-stopper, and even though I was most certainly the least hip person in the room (sort of a given, since I had “Wheels on the Bus” stuck in my head all night), the friendly hipster wait staff made me feel quite welcome!

All in all, it was a delicious, albeit fattening, gluten-free, New York birthday!




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  • Christina says:

    Just made a double batch of these and they are great! Love the clarification on muffin vs. cupcake! And good for you for confiscating muffins. I should start doing that with my patients’ Rockstars!

  • Christina says:

    Ahhh clearly I’m not on the post I thought I was! Oops!

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