I first stumbled across Pearl & Groove’s gluten free mini loaf cakes at Fare Healthy in London last year, but didn’t get a chance to taste any myself as they’d sold out before I could get my hands on one. But finally, seven months later, I found some in Selfridges Food Hall – and reduced to half price no less! Not only do all the different varieties look amazingly pretty, but the flavours on offer are something pretty damn special, too; Chocolate & Blueberry, Banana & Peanut Butter, Mint Choc Chip, Pistachio & Vanilla and Earl Grey Tea Cake to name but a few. After much deliberation, I settled on the glittery-topped Salted Caramel – and it didn’t disappoint.
One of the main issues many gluten free cakes find themselves afflicted with is that their sponge is simply too dry or crumbly (not in a good way) – but whatever bakery magic has been included here means that with Pearl & Groove’s cakes, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The succulent, moist sponge had a texture that I genuinely don’t think could be told apart from a top-of-the-range ‘normal’ cake, and the delicious salted caramel icing hit all the right notes. The only quibble I had was with said topping: it looks amazing but there is a fair ol’ dollop of it, and its thick, buttery consistency meant it was so incredibly rich that by the end I had a bit of that sugar-sickness feeling (and from someone with a giant sweet tooth, that must be saying something). But overall, I have definitely gotten into the Groove and can’t wait to get trying some other flavours.