Bridal Club Magazine
Going Gluten-Free for Your Wedding
Recently, we've seen a lot of couples gravitating toward a
gluten-free menu for their wedding- particularly when it comes to
cakes. Rachel Hough, owner of Pure Delite Cupcakery, says she's
definitely seen an increase in their gluten-free products over the
But exactly why would someone want to go gluten-free? Well, for
some people, it's not exactly a choice. According to the Celiac
Disease Foundation, 1 in 133 people struggle with celiac disease -
a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and
prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for
staying healthy. That damage is due to a reaction to eating
Rachel attributes the increase in her gluten-free cakes to the
rising awareness about these gluten allergies. "Gluten allergies
are being attributed to a number of different health problems," she
says. "Many people are at least trying to eat gluten-free in order
to see if it improves their health."
Going gluten-free can take a number of forms at your wedding, too.
You can have cupcakes or a few gluten-free treats available if some
of your attendees have special dietary needs. If it's the bride or
groom who's sensitive or allergic to gluten, your bakery can whip
up a special groom's cake or smaller cake just for the two of you.
You might even go all the way and serve everyone the same
Using alternative ingredients like potato and bean flours,
bakeries today can create gluten-free cakes that taste just as
delicious as their traditional counterparts. Many traditional
flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, carrot and lemon are available
without gluten. (Note, however, that flavors that require dye -
like red velvet - might not be an option.) It's important to talk
to talk to your baker about your options.
"Going on a gluten-free diet is not easy," Rachel explains.
"Gluten can be found in so many products -including non
food-related products such as lipstick. We try to make this big and
difficult lifestyle change easier by making a great tasting dessert
you usually wouldn't be able to enjoy."
Proving the aforementioned point that gluten-free cakes bear a
strikingly similar taste to traditional cake, she adds that Pure
Delite has done entire weddings gluten free, and guests didn't even
realize it until they were told by the couple.
Unlike in the past, there are many routes couples can now take
when considering their cake and guests' dietary needs. "Many people
at least know someone who is gluten-free who is coming to their
wedding," Rachel says. "Now everyone can have options for
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