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Best Gluten-free bakeries

Posted December 15, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014

Ada’s Cupcakes: Orange cake with strawberry and raspberry icings.

— Baking is one area of gluten-free living that is more challenging than any other aspect.

Because gluten is intrinsic to mainstream baking in America, it is one of the most difficult areas to master at home. Therefore, baked goods and convenience foods are among the most sought-after when buying or dining out. In fact, it is more likely for gluten-intolerant individuals to take the risk of buying single-sourced baked products than to sit down to a restaurant meal with many different components, though this is slowly changing.

Gluten-free bakers have developed a number of great products in the Triangle that are noteworthy. Some are dedicated gluten-free bakeries. Many are just starting out as small businesses, and others are long-term establishments that offer gluten-free options. These are primarily scratch bakeries. Once again, preference is given to those who utilize a dedicated gluten-free environment and set of procedures. This is so because gluten-based flours are pervasive, and it can be even more treacherous to prevent cross-contamination in a bakery than the average restaurant. However, it is possible to maintain gluten-free products that are safe in a mixed bakery. Safety is dependent on the measures and precautions taken, consistency of procedures, equipment used, and staff training. Information is not always readily available to the consumer seeking details, and this can create a barrier for those with intolerances. See websites and social media, or call them with questions.

Below is not an exhaustive list, but these are a few of our favorites and notable bakers in the area:

JP’s Pastry: This gluten-free bakery is an online order portal with online order capability and some delivery options. They specialize in gluten-free pastries. JP’s delivers to several establishments in the Triangle, including Café de los Muertos, Neomonde, and Sassool. They do offer classes. 

Ada’s Cupcakes: This is a licensed home bakery that is gluten-free, vegan, and uses natural colorings for cakes and cupcakes. They are delicious. Currently Ada’s is available in several areas, including Harmony Farms in Raleigh, Foodies Fixin’ Finder in Garner, and the Apple Crate in Fayetteville. They take individual orders as well.

The Celiac Cakery: This is a gluten-free licensed home bakery in Raleigh that has a number of gluten-free products such as cakes, cookies, and doughnuts. They have been gluten-free for many years and teach classes. The Celiac Cakery can make adjustments to accommodate other sensitivities.

Joie de Vegan Bakery: This is a gluten-free bakery that is vegan and also accessible to low fructans and low-glycemic individuals. They began by developing allergen-free items for Sage Vegetarian Café in Chapel Hill. They endeavor to use organic ingredients whenever possible. Joie de Vegan has a policy of donating a percentage of profits to local charities. Call them to ask about special occasion pumpkin pies, berry tarts, sweet potato pie and other items. They can be found at Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham, Sage Café, and by special request.

There are many more gluten-free sweet stops in the Triangle!

Daisy Cakes in Durham has some delicious gluten-free options and flour mixes. Gluten-Free with Sarah B is a gluten-free bakery that sells at many farmers’ markets. Almost Heaven Gluten Free is dedicated gluten-free and can be found at Once in a Blue Moon bakery in Cary and other places. Sugar Buzz Bakery in Cary has gluten-free options. Sweet Traditions by LeAne was a food truck with gluten-free options. They also now have a brick and mortar location in Wake Forest. Not Just Icing is a food truck in the Triangle with gluten-free cupcake options, including gluten-free cookie dough topping. Old North State Bakery in Durham and Chapel Hill, and Bull Street Gourmet & Market in Durham also have tasty gluten-free baked items. Finally, Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza has a gluten-free pastry chef that provides astounding dessert options. 

No matter your location, the Triangle is sure to offer some surprising and unique ways to make living a gluten-free life just a little bit sweeter!


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  • writeztuff97 Dec 15, 2014

    Imagine That Gluten-Free had several different listings online at time of printing. They are currently only offering wholesale bread production. Cookies and muffins are not offered wholesale at this time. See their website(s) for contact information.

  • Todd Jenkins Dec 15, 2014
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    The overwhelming majority of the people doing this are wasting money…True…a few people with legit allergies do exist.