With Passover occurring during April, I stumbled across an amazing display of gluten-free baked goods at my local Wegmans, incredulous that they had a dedicated display laden with macaroons, seven layer cake, and other treats that were certified gluten-free and Kosher parve, which means they are dairy-free too. Although I wish I could have bought more than two treats to try, I also knew that I couldn't possibly sample all of the sweets on display. As such, I picked up a chocolate roll and rainbow cake to sample for a baking month feature, eager to see if the cakes would taste as good as they looked.
What's really cool about Lilly's Bake Shop is that it is a dedicated Kosher company that has an extensive line of gluten-free, lactose-free, and dairy-free treats. Do note however, that the eggs do contain eggs, and are made in facilities with tree nuts and eggs. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not Jewish, and am unfamiliar with the customs and practices surrounding Passover. I bought them only as a curious consumer.
Starting first with the chocolate roll, the roll itself was pretty impressive. The cake-like sponge layer is spread with a fudgy frosting and rolled to perfection, so that every slice looks picture perfect. A dark chocolate fudge drizzle coats the exterior, which provides a nice contrasting texture to the frosting and cake. I absolutely and unreservedly loved this cake.Oh so indulgent, the cake is sweet and chocolaty without being over the top in either department. I loved it, and definitely regard it as one of the best packaged gluten-free foods I've ever had. It was bakery quality, and had me dreaming of it long after I polished it off. Chocolate lovers take note- this is one decadent treat not to be missed.
The second item I bought was rainbow cookies, which came in three long bars to slice up into the bite-sized cookies. I love how beautiful these were, and knew they would certainly be a hit with kids and adults alike. The cake itself is cake-y and a bit dense, but I really liked it. It has a citrusy flavor, and reminded me of lemon pound cake. A hardened layer of chocolate borders the top and bottom of each cookie which adds a nice layer of decadence and textural contrast. While the nomination of citrus and chocolate was a bit new to me, I really liked the cookies, and definitely give them top points for appearance, taste, and quality. Again, these cookies are bakery-quality and totally won me over as a fan.
For more information about Lilly's Bake Shop, including their online store, click here. I don't know if they operate year-round, but I definitely will be doing a follow up post in the future to review more of their mind bogglingly delicious products.
I bought both items at Wegmans in Hunt Valley, and both were in the $8 range. I had no problem forking over that amount, as the items I tried were top notch bakery-quality.
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