Babycakes Owner Erin McKenna Sacrificed Time, Life and Exercise to Launch a Gluten-Free Baking Empire, and She Wouldn’t Change It for. Order Now. Baking Mixes. Cakes. Cookbooks. Cookies & Brownies. Cookies & Brownies. Cupcakes. Donuts. Holiday. Merchandise. Teacakes, Muffins. Erin McKenna, founder of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (formerly called Babycakes NYC), aims to please anyone with allergies and dietary.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Simply, BabyCakes is your key to an enlightened, indulgent, sweets-filled future. This is important news not only for parents whose children have allergies, for vegans, and for others who struggle with food sensitivities, but also for all you sugar-loving traditionalists. The recipes in these pages prove that there is a healthy alternative to recklessly made desserts, one that doesn’t sacrifice taste or texture.

Having experimented endlessly with alternative, health-conscious sweeteners, flours, and thickeners, Erin McKenna, the proprietress of beloved bakery BabyCakes NYC, developed these recipes—most are gluten-free, all are without refined sugar—in hopes of combating her own wheat, dairy, and sugar sensitivities. Suddenly there was a destination for those with wheat allergies and other dietary restrictions—and, soon enough, celebrities and dessert lovers of every kind—to indulge freely in delectable muffins and teacakes, brownies and cookies, pies and cobblers.

For confectionists of all kinds, delicious alternatives lie within: Hardcoverpages. Published May 5th by Clarkson Potter first published April 28th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about BabyCakesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 17, Jukka added it Shelves: Vegan, Mostly Gluten Free Like for edin her cookies and cup-cakes.

For gluten-free vegan this baycakes pretty good — but look out — something like a third of the recipes call for spelt flour, which has gluten. I wish McKenna would give two versions for these recipes. She says spelt flour is special — perhaps it is if you can eat gluten. If you are buying this book because you think it’s gluten-free, be aw Baby Cakes: If you are buying this book because you think it’s gluten-free, be aware. It is solidly vegan though. The down side are some special ingredients that might be harder to find in many parts of the country, and again the author doesn’t name any substitutions — she does have a reference section for buying those special ingredients on-line.

These feels like product plugs to me. I like Baby Cakes for vegan-free bakery sweets better, but hope McKenna goes back and revises this book to allow all the goodies to be prepared gluten free.

For instance O’Brien has a gluten-free pie-crust recipe, McKenna doesn’t! If i had to pick just one book it would be the O’Brien. I’m still looking for a regular gluten-free vegan baking book, one with lots of breads — anyone have a suggestion?


For some added fun i looked through a Martha Stewart cup-cake book. Good to put these two together, the Martha Stewart book has some amazing decorative ideas that compliments this book nicely; something irresistable about monkey face muffins. Feb 06, Punk rated it it was ok.

Where do I start? McKenna won’t shut up about what she considers healthy. She describes coconut oil as “a bit pricey, but so are the heart attacks it helps prevent. There’s gluten in here. Babycwkes see later editions say ” Mostly Gluten-Free” on the cover, but the copy I have in my hands does not. It’s not gluten-free because there’s sp Where do I start? It’s not gluten-free because there’s spelt flour in here.

In at least a third of the recipes, bavycakes they’re not mcckenna their own chapter, there’s no icon to indicate they have gluten in them, and if you’re actually looking specifically for the spelt recipes, there’s no way to find them in the index.

So no one’s happy. The intermittent celebrity endorsements. The head notes are more chatty than helpful, and more offensive than charming. Measurements are in U. Most recipes have storage advice and a color photo. eri

The introduction gives a little advice on how to substitute for the eri milk, coconut oil, mckfnna flours, and how to swap out mfkenna agave instead of evaporated cane juice and the other way around. The index is pretty basic. Agave nectar and evaporated cane juice.

Coconut oil, milk, and flour. Potato starch and arrowroot powder. The frostings have soy milk and soy milk powder in them. Mar 28, Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book is so hard for me to rate.

I really loathe coconut and the recipes in here are full of coconut oil, flour, milk, etc. I can tolerate a bit of coconut milk in Thai dishes, but otherwise avoid it like the plague. Luckily, alternat This book is so hard for me to rate.

Luckily, alternatives to ingredients are encouraged here and it would be so easy to substitute other foods for the coconut ones.

But, this is a great book. As I mentioned, it would be easy to use alternative ingredients and make these baked goods to taste. There are wonderful photographs. They of the completed baked goods, the people involved, and also there are all sorts of nostalgic photos of all sorts of items. There is a lot to read, and much that is funny, entertaining, and informative. I love that this book is geared toward vegans, those with allergies, and everyone.

I love how natural food colors are used in their colorful desserts, and some examples of colored foods to make various decorative colors are given. The photos of the food especially the cupcakes had my mouth watering until I read the coconut-laden recipes.

Not a plus for me. I do recommend this book for people who like to use coconut oil, etc. View all 21 comments. Jan 10, Connie rated it liked it.


I love the innovation and cleverness of these recipes. I have a friend who must only eat gluten-free and want to give this book to her. Some of the ingredients are expensive. I have only tried a couple of the recipes and enjoyed them. I gave a lower rating because I tried the frosting recipe twice and it has not turned out right either time.

I may change my rating once I try more of the recipes, and if I am able to get the frost I love the innovation and cleverness of these recipes. I may change my rating once I try more of the recipes, and if I am able mceknna get the frosting bbabycakes to work.

I like red velvet cake, but never liked using red food coloring. I was not aware of the natural food color available, but did find it and it is very expensive.

May be worth it to feel that I can safely eat red velvet cake.

I did find that some of the recipe instructions were not clear. Since this is a new way of baking with no milk, eggs, etc. Jul 30, Sadie rated it really liked it. I have tried four recipes so far from this cookbook I have found the coconut oil to be divine if a bit expensive.

As an alternate to the agave, some folks might want to try making a ‘simple syrup’ out of the cane juice crystals and substitute with that. I was a little disappointed with the number of spelt recipes as well seems to be a common complaint from us gluten-free babes.

I find my oven requires longer cooking time I have tried four recipes so far from this cookbook I find my oven requires longer cooking times than what is called for and that the texture of the baked goods is much improved with a tad more xanthan gum than the recipe calls for.

Quit Your Job! A Q&A with Erin McKenna of BabyCakes – The Awl

Really, it is a beautiful cookbook with practical recipes if you are willing to commit to keeping your kitchen stocked with the ingredients. They are easy to prepare and delicious! Dec 08, J rated it liked it.

The photography in this book is really nice.

Quit Your Job! A Q&A with Erin McKenna of BabyCakes

The allergen-free reference isn’t quite mckrnna, if you’re gluten intolerant then a lot of recipes aren’t for you. However, I did click around the BabycakesNYC website and came across an email address they created specifically for cookbook questions.

I got a prompt response about subbing out the Spelt flour along with suggestions for other kinds of oils I can use inst The photography in this book is really nice.