I spy with my little eye… a baby bump behind the pillar…
It’s Erin McKenna of Babycakes NYC at Sur La Table on the Upper West Side!
“Erin McKenna is the chef and owner of BabyCakes, a bakery with outposts in New York City, Los Angeles and Orlando. Her bakery, BabyCakes, offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs.”
So now that you know Erin McKenna and what she’s all about, I’ll tell you why I spent the evening with her at Sur La Table!
Erin demo’ed some of her gluten-free/allergy-free recipes from her newest book: Babycakes Covers the Classics and she even spoke about an iPhone app she’s currently working on! Exciting, right?!
On the menu?
- Gluten Free Waffles
- Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Scratch
- Gluten Free Cupcakes & Frosting
Are you gluten-intolerant? No. I am not gluten-intolerant. I do suffer from seasonal allergies but nothing major. I just chose to sit in on this Monday Night demo ($25.00) because I’m super curious to learn more about how food affects the body and solutions/options for people with allergies…
Oh and even though I’ve been to the Babycakes location in SoHo, I may or may not have been eager to taste-test these treats directly from the master herself!
So the first taste test of the night… Gluten-Free Waffles with agave nectar (natural syrup from cactus).
Verdict: They taste almost identical to the waffles my Mom used to make me for breakfast. Substitute the thick maple syrup I love from Canda with a lighter agave nectar syrup and BAM, breakfast is served.
Next up Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Since these are allergy free, Erin McKenna uses Bob’s Red Mill flour and told us not to forget to pat them down once they’re on the tray…
Verdict: They look like big, flat chocolate chip cookies that remind me of Chips Ahoy cookies… but they’re heaps easier to digest for those with allergies! As a non-gluten-free person, I really enjoy my Levain Bakery cookies, but if I had food allergies, and needed a chocolate chip fix… you better believe I’d be ordering at least a dozen.
Next up, Gluten-Free Cupcakes! Erin just came out with a ready to bake cupcake mix & frosting combo for clients to enjoy at home. It’s a genius idea since there are people with allergies all over the world that do not have access to a Babycakes ;)
True Story: A vegan in Hong Kong said me, “I’m sure you’ve heard of Babycakes since you’re from NYC… I have a lot of food allergies and wish we had a Babycakes here in HK!” My response, “Never assume.” I hadn’t heard of Babycakes until she mentioned it. Glad I’m in the loop now!
Look at that swirl! I just took a frosting class at Butter Lane Cupcakes and STILL need more practice.
Man, I want to swipe my finger right into that frosting!
Still want to know more? I shot a quick video of Erin McKenna, the owner and founder of Babycakes NYC, during her demo at Sur La Table. She answers some of the audiences questions (most of us were not gluten-free, just gluten-curious) and Erin gives us some baking tips as well as a bunch of laughs here and there.