August 9, 2012

Gluten-Free Waffle Cakes Offered Around Boulder are Confirmed to be Delicious

By Evan Sandsmark -  

It took us a while, but we finally tried a gluten-free waffle cake, one made by the appropriately named company Waffles Cakes, which operates out of a food truck that you can find in the Boulder, Denver, and Longmont area on weekends and Mondays. We had heard only good things about these gluten-free waffle cakes and now we know why: they are delicious, and in a perfectly unique way. They don’t really taste like anything we’ve had before. We highly recommend a visit to the Waffle Cakes food truck so you can try a gluten-free waffle cake yourself.

Ever since Waffle Cakes came on our radar a couple of months ago, we’ve been unusually interested in the company. First we wrote a lengthy article about Waffle Cakes, announcing the company’s existence to our readers and explaining in detail their fantastically broad selection of gluten-free waffle cakes. However, when we published this article, the Waffle Cakes food truck was not quite ready for business, and since the food truck is necessary for the production of the gluten-free version of the waffle cakes, we had to write an article when the gluten free Waffle Cake food truck became operational. Ever since then, we’ve been on a mission to try a waffle cake because we worked ourselves into appetitive frenzy every time we wrote about them.

Regrettably, though, the Waffle Cakes truck does not yet set up in Boulder. They’re working on it, and hope to have a Boulder location soon, but for now they are available only on Saturdays at the Cherry Creek Fresh Market, Sundays at Stapleton Farmer’s Market, and Mondays at Prospect Eats, a weekly gathering of food trucks in Prospect neighborhood of Longmont. (You can find a more specific breakdown of their availability at the bottom of our first Waffles Cakes article, or you can always visit Waffles Cake’s Facebook page or the Waffle Cake website to make sure you are looking at the most recently updated schedule.) To be sure, none of these places are particularly hard to get to from Boulder, but for one reason or another we had a lot of trouble making our way to the food truck. Now we feel like that we’ve squandered our time – the food truck will only be operating until late fall, giving us precious little time to get more waffle cakes.

Because Prospect Eats sounded like a cool event anyway, we decided to visit Waffle Cakes in Longmont on a recent Monday evening (because the event goes from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Mondays only). After missing the initial turn into the event (turn on Tenacity Drive or you’ll be forced into a U-turn that may or may not be legal), we arrived to Prospect neighborhood. Thanks to two young men holding “parking” signs, we quickly found a spot to parallel park along the road. We found ourselves in an area of Longmont we had never seen, one that is directly south of Main Street by about a mile or so. It’s a new development, and a very nice one at that. It reminds us a bit of the business district located in North Boulder that houses Proto’s Pizzeria. Like this North Boulder area, the Prospect neighborhood development seemingly emerges out of nowhere. In other words, it sticks out, “rather like a clear, laconic sentence in a web of Emersonian prose,” to use our inspired simile from our Proto’s review.

Not far into Prospect neighborhood is a large square field of green grass. In one corner of this field is a small stage where live music is performed (live music is a large part of the Prospect Eats experience), and surrounding the rest of the grass square are several food stands and trucks – perhaps a few more than a dozen, by the reckoning of a quick glance. Having seen pictures of the Waffle Cakes vehicle before, we quickly spotted the green truck (which is actually more like a van or bus) and filed our order with Jeremy, one of the two people (the other is Robyn) who operate the truck when they aren’t working. (Amazingly, they both work full-time jobs in addition to running the food truck, a feat of industry that is nearly troubling in its impressiveness.)

The gluten-free waffle cakes take a little longer to prepare than the regular ones, so we walked around the area as we waited for our treat to be prepared. Even though we arrived fairly early, there were already scores of people wandering around, trying various foods and sitting in lawn chairs listening to the band play. If the goal of Prospect Eats is to promote the development and its businesses, which it is, the event appears to be succeeding. Lots of people must come to the area to check out the music and food trucks, and once they arrive, they can’t help but appreciate the pleasant neighborhood that surrounds them. People come for the event, and the hope is that they come again to simply enjoy this “enclave of flamboyant colors and arresting building designs,” to quote a local journalist who is evidently inclined toward the mildly hyperbolic.

After about five minutes, we went back to the Waffle Cakes truck to pick up our order. We only wanted to try the waffle cake itself so we could evaluate it on its own merits, and thus we forewent any of the extravagant creations that Waffles Cakes has dreamed up. They have over 30 different waffle cakes listed on their website, ranging from a black forest ham and Swiss “sandwich” that utilizes two waffle cakes to a turtle sundae built on top of a waffle cake, and all but five of these can be made gluten-free. We also didn’t order one of their many espresso-based drinks, some of which are designed to specifically complement different types of waffles cakes; for instance, you can order a Banana Foster Latte to go with your Banana Foster Waffle Cake. We should also add that these espresso drinks are made by an expert hand, as Jeremy is one of only eleven International Academy of Specialty Coffee certified baristas in Colorado.

Despite avoiding any of these extras (for reasons that in hindsight seem a little questionable), we thoroughly enjoyed our plain gluten-free waffle cake, which was adorned only with some Pearl sugar imported from Belgium. As we said above, a waffle cake is a unique creation that falls outside traditional dessert categories. Although it looks like a waffle (because they are made on waffle irons, which are also imported from Belgium), it definitely doesn’t taste like one, or at least it doesn’t taste only like a waffle. For one, it is sweeter, thanks to the delicious sugar that caramelizes on the outside of the waffle, and it is also a little flakier. (We presume the regular version is even more flaky, as flakiness is a difficult texture to achieve in the world of gluten-free baking.) Waffles cakes are also buttery – not overly so, but they are buttery in the sense that a distinct richness penetrates every morsel of the waffle cake. For these reasons, it is clear that “waffle cakes” is a fitting name for these treats. However, they aren’t merely desserts either. Waffles cakes could conceivably be used as the foundation for any meal – sweet or otherwise – of the day, and this helps explain why Waffles Cakes offers such a diverse range of different choices.

We always struggle a bit when describing foods we’ve never tried before (we also struggle describing foods we’ve had a million times, but that’s neither here nor there), so if you take one thing from this review, let it be this: we had high expectations for waffle cakes after reading and writing about them, and these high expectations were easily met. We loved the waffle cake we tried, even though it could have been enhanced to our liking with extras in any number of ways, and even though we left Prospect Eats a little bitter because our car battery died during our stay. Go try waffle cakes now so you can say you’ve enjoyed them since the beginning. We may be on the verge of a waffle cake craze.

Note: Many of the places we visit merely offer gluten-free options, and hence are not necessarily 100% gluten-free facilities, so if proximal cross-contamination is an issue, be advised. If you would like us to review a particular restaurant with gluten-free options, send an email to info@glutenfreeinboulder.com. We’ll try our best to check it out!

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  1. I created Prospect Eats.. thank you so much for your kind words.. everything you mentioned was in my original mission statement, so either it was an easy one or we have achieved what we set out to do… next time your back, ( season ends Sept 24th) visit the Gluten Free truck named Quero Arepas.. Venezuelan Flat Breads… see you soon. thank you again

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