Review: Twiggy’s Cupcakes
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Jul 19 2011

Review: Twiggy’s Cupcakes

High protein, low sugar & low fat cupcakes?  Yes, please!!  When I was contacted by Rachel form Twiggy’s Cupcake Diet, I was skeptical at first because I don’t care for products with a lot of artificial sweeteners – they bother my stomach, so I try to avoid them as much as I can.  I headed over to the website to check out the ingredients and was pleasantly surprised with what I saw.  I shot an email back to Rachel letting her know that I would love to sample their products.

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Before I get to my thoughts about the cupcakes, please read some more about Twiggy’s below:

Ever wished for a delicious gluten-free cupcake but avoided treating yourself because you know how unhealthy and high-calorie they can be? What if I told you that a yummy but healthy cupcake is no longer a dream?

 

I know; I didn’t believe it either… But this elusive healthy dessert now exists thanks to a great new online company called Twiggy’s Cupcake Diet, which produces low calorie, gluten-free, high protein and low sugar cupcakes (yes, they are truly healthy cupcakes that still taste great) that are less than 170 calories each!

 

For health-conscious moms, anyone allergic to gluten (these are created in a multi-use kitchen), and snackers of all ages, these cupcakes are a perfectly sized healthy treat.  These all natural, nutritionally packed (7-9 grams of protein in each) cupcakes are a preservative-free alternative to satisfy any sweet tooth craving.

 

With over 480 Twitter and 1000 Facebook followers, Twiggy’s Cupcake Diet is fast becoming an online health sensation.

There are 6 different varieties of cupcakes:

Beta Carrot-ine – carrot with vanilla icing

Ying Yang – chocolate with vanilla icing

Not So Plain Jane – vanilla with chocolate icing

Who’s Your Poppy – lemon poppy with vanilla icing

Black Velvet – chocolate with chocolate icing

Plain Jane – vanilla with vanilla icing

The ingredients can be viewed on the website, but I wanted to show an example here.  The ingredients for the Beta Carrot-ine cupcakes:

Twiggy’s Gluten Free Flour Blend
Carrots
Unsweetened Applesauce
Chicory Root
Natural Orange Peel, Orange Juice
Coconut Palm
Allspice
Xanthan Gum
Vanilla Extract/Paste
Organic Eggs
Pasteurized Cultured Milk and Cream
Salt

Stabilizers (carob bean, and or guar)

So far I have sampled the Beta Carrot-ine and the Black Velvet; Jon has had the Ying Yang.  These cupcakes are pretty impressive for a “healthy” food.  The cake base is a little on the dry side, but if you cut down the middle & spread the frosting over it, you quickly get lost in the combination of flavors & forget all about the dryness.  When I say “dry”, I don’t mean falling apart, dry, they just aren’t overly moist.  The flavors are fantastic, though.  I am not going to lie, I was skeptical about these.  Now I am figuring out which ones I am going to place an order for!

I do want to point out that I don’t necessarily support the use of cupcakes to replace meals.  I fully believe that eating a diet full of fresh produce, healthy gluten-free whole grains, lean protein & dairy is the way to a healthy life.  These cupcakes are a nice treat to enjoy, but in moderation.  The fact remains that they are still dessert.

The cupcakes are sold in assortments of 8 for $24.00.  You can choose your flavors according to the specifications found on the ordering page.  They are shipped via UPS in a box with dry ice.  As mentioned above, these are baked in a multi-use kitchen.  This means they are not made in a gluten-free facility.  That being said, both Jon and I are extremely sensitive and had no issues with these cupcakes.

**The products reviewed in this post were sent to me free of charge to review.  The thoughts & opinions posted here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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