I had a wonderful experience with Liberation Gluten Free- Bakery. Angela, the owner, not only bakes some delicious goods, she is as nice and accommodating as a business owner can be. Let me paint a picture. I'm fairly new to Houston and my fiance and I are both gluten free and dairy free. 2/14/14 was not only Valentine's day, but also my girls Birthday! So, a big day for celebration and I, at the last minute, realize I need a cake that's not easy to come by. Time and skills did not lend to baking my own, so I scowered the web looking for a G free bakery. I came across the usuals, Gluten Fee Nation and such, but none were able to whip me up anything last minute on V-Day... understandable. I got Angela on the phone at 8am in the morning, explained my situation. She did not have the bandwidth to create a cake, but she offered to provide a batch of cupcakes for our Birthday celebration. We settled on Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, and she frosted them in her favorite color, blue, with some festive colorful sprinkles on top. They were delicious and made my fiance very happy at dinner that night. In fact, I've heard her mention the cupcakes to friends/family numerous times since. Another really cool thing is Angela works out of her home, which I appreciate. It is accessible right off of a major road and home baking is definitely a cleaner atmosphere. She also had no problem with me picking them up at 7:30 pm that night from battling Houston traffic. So accommodating! When I went to pick them up I was greeted by her husband, invited in to see the family (children) and treated very well. I tried not to take up anymore of their Friday night, but they didn't seem to mind and saw me off with kind words. I've said it all, but based on this experience I highly recommend Liberation, and 100% support small businesses like this---for all these reasons! Thanks Angela!
Another review mentioned Sugar Rush's lack of inventory that apparently that person was looking for on that particular day. It seems a little consumer education is needed here. Sugar Rush is a locally-owned, independently operated bakery. It is not a big box store or a national franchise. What that means is they bake on a much smaller scale. It's a first come first serve basis. There is a local deli in Chicago that only uses freshly baked bread for its sandwiches that they buy from another local bakery. When the bread is all gone or after a certain period of time has passed and they don't think the bread is fresh enough, they close the shop for the day. However, each sandwich has very high quality. People have to get out of this big box mentality. There are some smaller establishments that operate on a niche business model. The focus is quality NOT quantity. If you want quantity, shop at the big chain type stores. That said, Sugar Rush has absolutely delicious treats. If you get there and they're out of your favorite, try something different. They put a special touch on all their goodies.
My parents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. We had a big gathering and we designed a wedding cheesecake from Bavarian Cakery. Multiple tiers, customized to our design, fabulous decorating and ample, knowledgeable guidance from the Cakery. Those who attended the party did not even wait for us to cut the cake and take it out to the reception area.. they flocked to the kitchen of the party location (approx 85 in attendance) and took it, piece by piece as it was being cut. That cake was inhaled!! =) Many of the guests at the party were well up in years and you've never seen so many people who were so excited about a piece of cake! The "cheesecake" has an upper and lower thin, cake-like layer and is then filled with this extraordinary cheesecake/mousse filling. It is moist, delicate and delicious. Everyone RAVED about the cake and it will long be a topic of conversation by those who attended the party.. it was THAT good!