About Sweet Isabella's Cupcakery: A Gluten Free Bakery
Sweet Isabella's Cupcakery: A Gluten Free Bakery was established in 2016. We specialize in 100% gluten free cupcakes and cakes. Please note, that Sweet Isabella's Cupcakery is a home based dedicated gluten free bakery. All products are homemade and not prepared in an inspected food establishment.
Why Gluten Free? Here's our story:
Gluten free... Celiac disease.... In 2011, those two statements were foreign to us. But, after our daughter Isabella had spent most of her 21 months of life being sick, having constant stomach problems, quitting walking, and withering away before our eyes to the point where we felt helpless, the doctor finally gave us a diagnosis and we really learned those two statements for the first time. Gluten free and celiac disease. While we had heard of some people having a gluten allergy, we didn't really know what that meant. So, there we were, being told, that thankfully our sweet Isabella would get better, but in order to do that, we would have to learn a new way of shopping and preparing food for our daughter. Let me be honest, we were beyond thrilled and thankful that we finally had an answer and that Isabella's condition would improve, but we were scared. And overwhelmed! In 2011, while there were gluten free food options available in stores, they were expensive and few and far between. For many items I would have to go to specialty stores and pay even more than at the average grocery store. I can remember the first time I had to pay $7 for a loaf of gluten free bread, only to bring it home and be so disappointed in its taste and quality. I remember breaking down and crying to my husband about how unfair it was, and that there was no way I was going to feed my daughter bread and other foods that were horrible in taste and texture. From that day on, I vowed to make sure my daughter never felt deprived of any foods. I have scoured stores and the Internet for every day foods as well as treats for her, and while gluten free foods in general are getting better taste wise, some still are just bland and mediocre. I decided to try making a lot of my own baked goods, not only to save money, but because I could make sure it was gluten free, for fear of Isabella getting gluten poisoning, and to make sure it tasted good. I started baking and trying new gluten free recipes, and with that, my love of baking grew, as well as my dedication to making gluten free baked goods that my daughter could eat and enjoy. Sweet Isabella's Cupcakery has been in my head for the last few years, and finally with the support of family and friends, I am pursuing my dream of starting a bakery, and pleased to be able to provide not only my daughter, Isabella, gluten free treats that she can safely eat, but also for all of the other people out there having and choosing to eat gluten free, as well.
Our daughter, Isabella, is going on 7 years old and is doing wonderfully on a strict gluten free diet. She is sassy and spunky and loves dancing her way through life. Our whole family eats gluten free so that Isabella never feels deprived or like she can't have something. Being gluten free has made us, and many of our family and friends, more aware of celiac disease, as well as the other major allergies that people suffer from. We are so thankful for everyone in our lives who have made this transition easier, and for those who think of us when cooking/baking foods. My hope is that with Sweet Isabella's Cupcakery, I can help provide yummy gluten free treats to others both needing and choosing to eat gluten free.
What is Celiac Disease? "Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease" (https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/)
For information visit: https://celiac.org/celiac-disease