Gluten Tag! Decadent Desserts for Orlando's Diet-Restricted

For some foodies, gluten-free is a healthful new diet fad. For others, serious allergies and other conditions make it an absolute way of life. And the former has been something of a boon to the latter, prompting Orlando’s bakers – from smaller operations like Gigi’s (Orlando’s is just one of five in Florida alone!) to to Winter Park's Jillycakes, to the the Disney Springs installment of Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, an entirely gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free vegan operation! Of course, the nice thing about desserts is they’re not one-size, fits all. Winter Park’s Le Macaron and Altamonte Springs’ Heavenly Flan are purveyors of traditional French and Latin delights that have been gluten-free since their creation – no recipe modification necessary! Even a Food Network stars like three-time “Cupcake Wars”-winner Hollis Wilder is making cupcakes for her gluten-free fans. Like many of her signature flavors, though, they fly off the racks. Call ahead and order a dozen to be sure your treats will be waiting when you arrive. While those included herein all serve gluten-free products, always make sure to ask staffers about their products' ingredients and the kitchen practices they employ before you order!



First things first: tiny versions of things we already like are adorable. As is the suffix "let." Case in point: "bundtlets." You know you want one. You probably want a whole box. They're so cute! And at this popular chain, they are moist and...  Read More



Jillycakes is not exclusively gluten-free but it is almost unbelievably creative in its flavors, virtually all of which can be MADE gluten-free. They have two cupcake offerings on the daily. Sometimes they sell out, sometimes they don't. You're...  Read More



Mmmm, flan – with all its delicious, creamy decadence. It can be simple and traditional or twisted delightfully with cheese or coconut, chocolate or sweet potato, topped with luscious fruits – even infused with coffee for a dessert with a...  Read More



Smallcakes is not a strictly gluten-free bakery, but they do make great accommodations for those with GF interests. Both vanilla and chocolate cupcake varieties are available every day (and, say staffers, only very rarely run out on the fly)....  Read More

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Hollis Wilder, creator of Sweet By Holly is a three-time winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and Orlando is delighted to have her on speed dial. Sweet! by Holly is a cupcakery. And amid the vast array of flavors – banana to Boston cream,...  Read More



Artful chocolates, creamy glacee and of course, the bakery's namesake in the form of the most visually appealing macarons you're likely to have seen anywhere. Light yet dense, the delicate outer crust gives way to an almost creamy cake with a...  Read More



Do you know the muffin man? We don't, but any of the artisan bakers here may well be this fairy-tale character in disguise. The Gourmet Muffin sits amid a bakery-rich bit of Orlando real estate that's known as the Audubon Park Garden District....  Read More



Gluten-free baked goods may be at a peak for popularity, but dedicated nut- and gluten-free bakeries are still tough to find. Not so in Winter Garden – and in one of Central Florida's prettiest and most walkable areas, too – where the Tasty...  Read More

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The founders of BabyCakes, upon opening the original New York City-based outpost, gave to the Big Apple an alternative to its many fine bakeries whose anchor ingredients – even if organic or other high-quality products – were wheat-, and...  Read More


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