My goal is to discover gluten-free food in the District to make your gluten-free diet easier.
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007
What I got: Gluten-free chocolate strawberry “cakecup” – “GF chocolate cake with fresh strawberries folded into the batter with buttercream frosting.” Heaven in my mouth! Moist gluten-free cake is hard to come by, and baked & wired struck dessert gold. I’ve never seen a bigger cupcake in my life, which their website perfectly describes as “Big enough to share, but who are you kidding?”
Gluten-free friendliness: The cakecup is only just the beginning of available treats. There is also a drool-worthy, gluten-free Caramel Blondie bar, two types of gluten-free brownies and a flourless peanut butter cookie. And don’t forget the gluten-free option of their newest product, the ice cream sammie.
Overall vibe: baked & wired is half bakery, half cafe and 100% amazing. People who know, know. (You’ll probably have to wait in line, but it’s worth your time.) My only gripe is the location — Georgetown is so inconvenient for anyone who doesn’t actually live there. Because of this dilemma, I now spend all my time thinking of excuses for me to make the trek for another scrumptious treat…I mean, very important errand.
Gluten-free gut reaction: Going back tomorrow
UPDATE: The gluten-free ice cream sammie (chocolate cookies & salty caramel ice cream with dulce de leche swirl) is even more delicious than you can imagine. If this sounds too good to be true, you’re not wrong. For the price of $6 a sandwich, I certainly can’t afford this treat often. Then again, it’s probably for the best for both my wallet and my health.
UPDATE, 6/2015: I think I’ve found a new Baked & Wired favorite: the gluten-free caramel blondie. Besides gobs of caramel, this delicious treat is loaded with peanuts, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. For those of you with nut allergies, this is a rare gluten-free and nut-free combo. One bar costs around $4.50, which is still expensive but slightly more affordable than the ice cream sandwich. The bar is huge, though, so sharing might be an option.