It's always a sad reminder of my gluten free life when I have a friend visiting L.A. and they ask to go to Sprinkles. Walking into the cupcake shop on Little Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills is a veritable torture test for us Celiacs, as there is nothing GF friendly in the shop.
That may change this Passover. Celiacs know that Passover, which this year begins on April 9th and continues until April 15th, brings tons of great gluten free food. Anything that is marked with Kosher for Passover and is sans matzoh, is gluten free. I always visit Whole Foods and stock up on Kosher for Passover treats to last me long after Passover ends.
But that isn't the point. The point is gluten free cupcakes. And the tide may finally be turning in our favor. Sprinkles is making Kosher for Passover flourless chocolate cupcakes! HOWEVER, the cupcakes do contain a Star of David decoration which DOES contain wheat and the frosting is made of Bourbon. It is important to call ahead, and ask if they can prepare you a cupcake without the Star of David emblem or frosting. I just called, and they said it might be possible to make the cupcakes without the frosting/emblem if you call ahead. I'll update once Passover rolls around (mark your calendars!) as to whether they will make the cupcakes without frosting.
Hopefully we will all be enjoying GF Sprinkles cupcakes in a month!
UPDATED: I just spoke to Victoria from Sprinkles on the phone and she confirmed that the Passover cupcakes ARE gluten free if ordered without the frosting or Star of David. You can call ahead and order such cupcakes or order them online (order them online here). If you order them online, make sure to request them without frosting/Star of David and mention your allergy/intolerance/sensitivity in the "Notes" section of the order form.
UPDATED Part II: Just picked up my gluten free Sprinkles cupcakes and I've already downed...well I won't admit to how many I've eaten! But I can vouch they are delicious and amazing. I'll be calling Sprinkles tomorrow to gauge the possibility of making these flourless chocolate cupcakes a more regular feature... call yourself to add to my chorus!
9635 Little Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Map)