This is Marie, contributing an article about Gigi’s cupcakes. They were kind enough to invite some bloggers to check out their holiday cakes (adorable) and to do a taste test of the gluten-free varieties. We have encountered them before – I visited the original Nashville store before we began our blog, and have visited a few of the Atlanta locations more recently – but the seasonal flavors and addition of gluten-free varieties was new. As you may recall if you’ve read the last time I checked out some desserts, I did gluten-free briefly in the mid-’00s and found it a frustrating and expensive hobby; if these kinds of resources had been available at the time I might have stuck with it longer.
We tried out the holiday cakes and some of the pie. Sadly, I’m not a huge fan of pecan pie, but everyone else there loved it.
We were able to take home some additional cakes to evaluate, but I didn’t get very many of them because of MY PREDATORY FAMILY! AARGH! Just kidding, I gave them to Grant and the kids voluntarily. I just regretted the generosity afterward and had to take the opportunity on my next lunch break to visit the Gigi’s location around the corner from my work to investigate further with my own dime. My favorite of the seasonal ones is the gingerbread cupcake, with the miniature cookie on top and not quite as much icing as most of the rest. But of course it was necessary to do a THOROUGH investigation to be sure. I reveled in the white chocolate raspberry as well.
The gluten-free varieties are “Chocolate Mint Magic,” and “Winter Wonderland, a vanilla cake with blue frosting, and “Triple Chocolate Torte,” (we got one with a strawberry on top). One of the office parties at work had a box with all three of these, and I was genuinely not sure whether they were the gluten-free or regular ones. The holiday specialty cakes were excellent and you should try them if you can. Especially the gingerbread with its cute little cookie on top.
Now, do keep in mind that if you are keeping utterly pure gluten-free that there could theoretically be some particles in there, as they don’t make the cupcakes in completely separate facilities. But for most, these will do quite nicely.
(As noted, this was a media event and our meal was complimentary. It’s our policy to always note when we’ve received our meal without charge. If you would like to invite us to your restaurant’s media events, please drop Grant a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .)
You can see all the restaurants that we have visited for our blog on this map, with links back to the original blog posts. It’s a terrific resource for anybody planning a road trip through the southeast!