Whoever would have thought one of the main pieces of news about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding was her gluten-free wedding cake. When the national morning news programs learned about the gluten-free wedding cake, made by La Tulipe Desserts in New York’s Westchester County, it was with great confusion that they reported the news. Most people seem to think that gluten-free products of any type are not any good, so they seemed shocked that the daughter of the former President would need to settle for a gluten-free cake.
Even though this Examiner has been following a gluten-free diet since 1997, my wedding in 2003 did not feature a gluten-free wedding cake. Both of the cakes (groom’s cake) were gluten mainly because this Examiner was not that familiar with a local bakery that could prepare a gluten-free wedding cake. Now that this Examiner knows about the number of local bakeries making delectable gluten-free cakes, it seems absurd that we didn’t have one at our wedding. We did get the traditional picture of us feeding cake to each other, but my piece went uneaten.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the nine-tiered vanilla cake with dark chocolate mousse was reported to have sat four feet tall and was made with 360 organic eggs, 50 pounds of sugar, 45 pounds of gluten-free flour, 30 pounds of butter and bittersweet chocolate, and was decorated with about 1,000 sugar flowers. One can only guess at the expense of the cake, but considering that gluten-free flour was used it would be two to three times more costly than a traditional gluten cake.
It has been reported that Chelsea had a gluten allergy, so for that reason she chose a gluten-free wedding cake. It isn’t known if she or Bill Clinton have Celiac Disease although Bill had talked about following a gluten-free diet back in 2007 on the Rachel Ray show.
Whether Bill or Chelsea have Celiac Disease they have both done a lot to raise awareness about this autoimmune disorder and have shone the ‘spotlight’ on this under diagnosed disease. Thanks for the publicity and please do let us know one day whether you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, so you can be added to the growing list of celebrities with the disease.
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com
Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA