Julie Kropf knows cakes. Her 33 years as a geriatric nurse proves she also knows more than a little about health. Her basket of knowledge in those two fields provides the core of Julie's Gluten-Free Bakery in Puyallup.
Julie's Gluten-Free Bakery offers scrumptious and nutritious desserts and other baked items created from local, organic and sustainable ingredients to fit a gluten-free diet.
“Our most popular are S'mores, Death by Chocolate, and School Daze. School Daze has been incredibly popular and by day three, customers were asking for it by name. It is my signature cupcake and is chocolate, peanut butter and jam.” she said. “It is a Must try. Chocolate Almond Coconut, Peanut Butter Cup, and Red Velvet have also been wildly successful.”
The ever-changing menu includes gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, cakes, breads and seasonal baked goods as well as gluten-free gelato from Bottega Italianna in Green Lake.
Vegans have their options too, with a full line of vegan-friendly items. A sugar-free line is in the works as well.
"We've had many requests for sugar-free options, and while we've been working on the recipes, we haven't perfect them yet,” she said. “Some think baking sugar-free, or gluten-free for that matter, is just swapping out ingredients, but it's really much more than that. Many things change with a simple substitution, and much trial and error is involved. We know it's important to our customers and it's something we're looking to get selling soon."
Available flavors aren’t limited to chocolate or vanilla either. The bakery offers vodka coconut, lemon meringue, s’mores, peanut butter and a daily assortment of chocolate and fruit flavors.
The goodie list includes pastries, breads, gelato, cupcakes, granola, croutons, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, special occasion cakes and vegan goods that can be picked up in the bakery or delivered for catering special events.
The bakery’s customers have honored it with the KING 5 Evening Magazine’s Best Gluten-Free Menu.
The bakery is located at 16126 Meridian Ave. E., Suite #101 in Puyallup. For more information, call (253) 840-4080 or visit http://www.juliesglutenfreebakery.biz.