When Is It OK to Shove an Entire Cupcake in Your Mouth?


Our weekends have been filled with picnics, birthday parties, and other random social events that surround me with food, food, and more food. On Sunday, I was schlepping my kid to yet another birthday party. Knowing there would be absolutely nothing I could eat at this celebration (well, if I was desperate, there’s always the napkin!), I quickly downed a gluten-free Think Thin bar en route.

Pizza is a food staple at kids parties and I tried not to drool as the mouthwatering greasy, cheesy pizza was being served. Jeez I miss pizza. Like a lot. The gracious party hosts offered me a slice of poison (whoops meant to type pizza) and I declined.

Then came the ultimate kick in the gut — the cake. Did I mention that the family hosting the party are bakers? This cake was a beautiful gluten-filled dream. Again, I declined. A lone tear may or may not have trickled down my face as I was responding.

As the party was winding down, I jokingly asked the birthday girl’s father (the man who baked that gorgeous cake I wanted to shove my face into) if they would ever consider offering gluten-free baked goods at their business. I braced myself for the usual resounding “No”. However, his response caught me so off guard ad he matter-of-factly said, “We have a large variety of gluten-free foods.” Better yet, the bakery containing those gluten-free delights was right down the street from the party. This amazing man ran down to his bakery (Di Bartolo Bakery in Collingswood, New Jersey) and brought me back a bag filled with a half dozen vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and a mini cheesecake. If I had an audio clip of angels singing, I’d insert it here.

When we arrived home, I was like a kid on Christmas Day, opening my package with anticipation.  I unceremoniously shoved two cupcakes (well, one at a time) in my mouth. Hey, I haven’t had a cupcake in three years, so a little unladylike-ness was totally justified. Don’t judge me, ok?

The cupcakes were delicious – not crumbly in texture or dry. I plan on having the cheesecake tonight after dinner.

Lesson of the day: Always ask if there’s a gluten-free option… You never know when you just might hear a “Yes”!



Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.

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