Q: What is gluten?
A: Gluten is a grouping of proteins that exist in the endosperm of certain seeds and flowering plants. Grass seed gluten, such as in wheat, spelt, rye, and barley, tends to be the primary source of food sensitivities. While only 8% of the population is suspected of having the worst form of immune reaction to gluten, known as Celiac Disease, many more feel they benefit from limiting their exposure.
Gluten has little effect on flavor, but a big effect on texture. When breads rise, gluten (“glue” in Latin) allows the bread to stretch and rise, so crafting gluten-free pastries can be a challenge! At Kyra’s Bake Shop, we’ve worked hard to create a product so amazing you’ll be left wondering if it’s actually gluten-free. We do not sell anything unless it could easily pass a taste test next to products with gluten and win on both flavor and texture.
Q: What flours do you use?
A: We create our own blends of flours for each product we make. These blends include millet, tapioca, potato, white rice, sweet white rice, sorghum, xanthan gum and cornstarch. We do not use any bean flours– We want our pastries to taste divine and not like hummus!
Q: Are you vegan?
A: No, we are not a vegan facility, however we do offer a small handful of vegan options, such as our amazing Bagels, Pretzel Buns, and PopHearts. On the other hand, we do offer many products that are EITHER dairy free OR egg free. Unfortunately, we do not offer any vegan cake options at this time.
Q: Do you have any dairy free options?
A: Yes, we always have at least two dairy-free options available in the shop, and usually more (we do not consider eggs to be dairy). Some of these items include our very popular Hot Chocolate cupcake, Truffle Fudge Brownies, Ring Dings, and Skinny Minty cookies. Any dairy-free item is denoted “DF” on the product label in the shop so they’re easy for you to spot. Many of our cakes can be adapted to be dairy free as well: just ask!
Q: Are you a nut-free facility?
A: No, we do use tree nuts and peanuts on occasion in our products and on our equipment. We do our very best to sanitize all surfaces and avoid cross-contamination, but please be aware if you have severe nut allergies.
Q: Do you ship?
A: Yes! Take a look at our SHIPPING menu to find a list of items available for shipping. We also offer t-shirts and giftcards.