Baked Goods at Blue Aces Bake Shoppe (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Downtown Salinas

11 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

Gourmet bakery offering a variety of baked goods such as salted caramel brownie bars, sugar cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, and more

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Promotional value expires 60 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for workshops or specialty classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $12 for two Groupons, each good for $10 worth of baked goods ($20 total value)
  • $20 for four Groupons, each good for $10 worth of baked goods ($40 total value)

Gluten-Free Baked Goods: Keeping Cupcakes Together

Nowadays menus often offer several gluten-free options. To learn how bakers can overcome this troublesome but useful protein’s absence, read on.

Traditionally, whether making pizza crust or bread, bakers must cultivate gluten, a protein that forms during the combination of wheat flour and water. Gluten’s unique structure is what allows dough to stretch without losing its shape, and many consider it as vital an ingredient to the structure of baked goods as egg proteins, starch, and scaffolding made from candy canes. Yet as many people either cope with gluten allergies or begin to explore the benefits of a gluten-free diet, bakers have begun to search for alternatives to wheat flour that can yield the same results. As it turns out, flours made from amaranth, rice, chickpeas, quinoa, and nuts all contain some sort of volume-enriching protein, threatening to make gluten obsolete entirely, though any wheat-flour substitute comes with its own set of challenges—leading bakers to enact a few clever tricks to help them overcome the absence of gluten.

The secret—as everything else in the baker’s craft—lies in the mixing of ingredients. For starters, high-protein flour can help reclaim some of the protein lost from gluten, but it can’t fill in the gap all by itself. For that, a supplement of starch is needed. Starch also gains elasticity when mixed with water, so adding more starch than usual can help bind the dough together while adding a touch of sweetness to the recipe. Though unproven, other techniques may help, from adding carbonated water to the dough to help it rise to experimenting with different ratios of protein and starch. That spirit of improvisation, though, means that many gluten-free bakers often develop a unique repertoire of personal recipes and techniques, ensuring every bread, cake, and pastry bears their signature—without the sour flavor of a fountain pen’s ink.

Customer Reviews

11 Ratings

What an amazing place! Not only are the baked goods delicious, customer service is outstanding. I had a slice of their artichoke and sun-dried tomato quiche drizzled with a balsamic reduction on my 1st visit and bought a whole quiche today... it was that good. The smores brownie is out of this world. I highly recommend Blue Aces! To the owner, thank you for bringing fresh and creative flavors to the area.
Kathy H. · March 24, 2016
Everything is deliciously homemade and flavorful
Veronica M. · January 20, 2016
Excellent customer service! The savory, ricotta tart with tomatoes and a balsamic reduction was delicious I also picked out a variety of bars and a green tea cheesecake The desserts are creative and tasty My family especially loved the brownie bar with salted caramel and pretzels Blue Aces was such a great find for me I can't wait to go back for more! Thank you
Kathy H. · November 15, 2015
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    Downtown Salinas

    8 West Gabilan Street

    Salinas, CA 93901


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