Last year I discovered Flax4Life cakes at a natural foods tradeshow, and kept a diligent eye on their website to see when they would be available. Months past without a peep, and then I spotted them in store!
I still can’t find Flax4Life cakes on the company’s website, but these full-size, frosted, decorated, ready-to-eat cakes are indeed out there and available in Chocolate (with chocolate shavings or sprinkles) and Carrot (with “cream cheese” frosting and coconut). To prove it, Flax4Life sent me a Carrot Cake to trial.
I’m the odd person out who prefers frosting to cake. I’ve just never been a big fan of fluffy sweet bread, with one exception: carrot cake. Not Duncan Hines-style, but rather rich, moist, dense, flavor-loaded carrot cake. So I was eager to see if Flax4Life cakes could be my new holy grail for special occasions when I’d run out of time for homemade (it happens!).
The Verdict: It has a pleasant sweetness, nice carrot-rich flavor, big plump raisins (no nuts! They run a dairy-, gluten-, and tree nut-free facility), and it is wonderfully dense. I’ve never had a gluten-free carrot cake before, so I can’t compare. I thought for premade though, that the texture was nice, with the heft that I desire, but not quite as moist as I would prefer (it was on the very slice-able “firm” side). The frosting was good, but didn’t shine as much as I like, though I did think the big coconut shards were a tasty touch. Tony agreed with my 4 star rating, eating slices for dessert and breakfast! He also found it delicious, just in need of a little more moisture and richness to send it over the top.
Shelf Life: Flax4Life cakes have a shelf life of 11 days or 9 months in the freezer. I can vouch for that freshness, too. We enjoyed some immediately, but also froze several slices. They kept quite nicely and could simply be defrosted on the counter for an hour or two or gently microwaved to reheat (the frosting didn’t melt!).
Certifications: Flax4Life Cakes are Certified Gluten-Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Flax4Life Cakes are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Flax4Life website at flax4life.net.