On my trip to Earth Fare last week, the community relations coordinator offered to send me home with a sample of Namaste cake mix and some information about the company. I must admit that I had never even heard of this company so when I got home, I did some research. I found out that Namaste foods are gluten, wheat, soy, potato, corn, tree nut, peanut, casein and dairy free.
If you have food allergies or you cook for someone who has food allergies - you need to check out this company. They make mixes for breads, cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins, pizza crust, frosting and pancakes. They also have 3 different kinds of pastas.
I have had more requests for gluten and dairy free desserts in the last month than I have ever had. Since the demand for these dessert is increasing, I was anxious to try out this new product.
I made 6 mini bundt cakes and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. I delivered a couple of these to a friend who has recently converted to a dairy, gluten and soy free diet. She called me shortly after I left and told me how much she enjoyed them. She said that she had been craving something sweet and that these mini cakes hit the spot.
I also made 6 cupcakes and I frosted them with what I thought was a non-dairy whipped topping. It's a good thing that these cupcakes were just for us because it turns out the topping did contain dairy - my bad. I am going to have to stick to the Namaste frosting mix next time.
I delivered a couple of these cupcakes to friends who do eat dairy and they really enjoyed them.
I also made a two layer 6" cake for my family to sample. I filled it with the same topping that I used to decorate the cupcakes. I also made a chocolate glaze to pour over the cake and then decorated it with strawberry halves.
I decided not to tell my family that this was a gluten, diary, soy free cake before they tasted it because I didn't want to alter their impressions. They were a little suspicious because usually if there is a cake that looks this good in the house, it's almost always for someone else or because we are expecting company. I had to do some convincing that I was just trying out a new cake mix before they agreed to try it.
Everyone really liked it. My kids thought it was really moist and my husband said he probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this cake and a regular chocolate cake.
Along with the sample cake mix, I also received some Namaste recipes. I have recipes for Blueberry Coffee Cake, Banana Bread, Peach Yogurt Waffles, Mandarin Spice Cake, Black Bottom Cupcakes and Cheesy Bakes Pasta with Spinach and Artichokes - all gluten, dairy and soy free. Can't wait to give these a try.