Its my birthday, I want a cake Pt 1 – Sweet Karma in East Meadow, NY & Wild Flours

So having Celiac has made having a cake for my birthday a chore. I have for the last 8 years given up. This year I decided no more. I am on a mission. I will have the most kick ass cake whatever the cost. I want to shop local (in Long Island) because I don’t want to bring a cake home on the train. I did not want to gamble on a bakery making a good cake though so I decided to sample three bakeries: Sweet Karma in East Meadow, Wild Flours Bake Shop in Huntington, and A Sweet Peace in Lynbrook.

My first stop was Sweet Karma located at 550 East Meadow Ave in East Meadow. It is a cute little bake shop I have visited before that offers a generous assortment of gluten free cakes, cupcakes, and amazing custom cakes which is what caught my eye. I saw their Facebook page and fell in love with the Sunflower cake and theĀ  pink Mazel Tov cake.

I ordered 3 cupcakes from them: a vanilla with vanilla frosting, chocolate with chocolate frosting, and a red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Our plan was to meet at the bakery and my boyfriend and friend sample at the location. I wasn’t aware that the place is small and there is no where to sit and enjoy their creations. We retreated to Caffe Baldo in Wantagh which we were sad to find is now closed. I loved this place. We ended up at Cafe Formaggio (another blog entry) and ate dinner and had the cupcakes for desert.

I am sad to say that the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes while topped with yummy frosting were very stale, dry, and hard to swallow. On the up side, the red velvet cupcake was moist and super yummy. I would hope the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes were flukes and that the red velvet is how each of them should have been. After a little debate, we all decided the cupcakes didn’t meet the expectations and that gluten free and gluten eating alike would not be satisfied. Another reason I shot down Sweet Karma as my birthday cake maker of choice is the price. I wanted a two layer cake decorated like the pink Mazel Tov cake for 25 people. At first when I was in the store the price was $95-125. I later received a call that the price had jumped up to $175 or more but that I could get it exactly like it was in the picture for 25 people. It was a shock to say the least and I was a little shaken the price had changed. I will keep coming back for the red velvet cupcakes for sure and possibly try the vanilla and chocolate again at a later date.

Tomorrow, I will stop by Wild Flours and get a sampling of their cakes. I am extra excited about the chocolate raspberry and carrot cake options.

UPDATE (really late): I ended up getting an amazing vanilla cake with lemon curd icing from Wild Flours that was pretty spectacular for gluten free but seriously expensive at $80. Sadly, it was a cake I could have made. I didn’t feel like the cost vs pleasure quota was there.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brian
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 01:45:31

    I would love the chance to redeem my shop. Come in again and you will be very pleased


  2. Kayla
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 15:41:01

    Absolutely, next time I am out in East Meadow, I will swing by and sample again.


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