Flax4Life Cakes: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Decadence

Carrot, Chocolate

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On March 14, 2016
Last modified:February 11, 2017


Impressive to look at, these fully frosted and decorated cakes are also a delight to eat! The carrot cake boasted delightful flavor in both the dense cake and the cream cheesy frosting, all locked in by ample shards of toasted coconut - a fun and smart twist. My only request would be for a little more moisture and richness - I prefer carrot cake with a bigger crumb. We haven't trialed the chocolate cake yet, but if their brownies are any reference, it should be quite magnificent - particularly for such a convenient dessert.

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!

Flax4Life Cakes (Chocolate & Carrot Cake Varieties!) - Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free

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!).

Flax4Life Cakes (Carrot pictured) - Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free!

The Facts on Flax4Life Cakes

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.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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