Wicked Jack’s Tavern may be just starting out, but their hand-crafted gluten-free rum cakes made in Marietta are loaded with rum and are wicked awesome. The name, Wicked Jack’s Tavern, pays homage to Wicked Jack Scarborough and his tavern in Port Royal, Jamaica where its most popular creation was rum cake. The legend of Jack Scarborough lives on through this line of rum cakes made with Jamaican rum. Their gluten-free buttered rum cakes contain eggs, milk, and soy (soy lecithin).
I learned about Wicked Jack’s Tavern while judging the Atlanta Gourmet Awards at AmericasMart Atlanta. Their gluten-free rum cake was the stand out winner of the Lifestyle/Natural/Gluten-Free category. I sought out more information about the company, so I could purchase them, and so I could spread the word about their unique shelf stable gluten-free rum cake.
The company began only making wheat-based rum cakes and then worked with a baking consultant to perfect a gluten-free version to keep up with demand. According to Sharon Shadeed, it took a couple of months of trial and error before perfecting the gluten-free vanilla cake base used to make their rum cakes.
Since the company’s kitchen isn’t dedicated, strict protocols were put into place to ensure their gluten-free cakes are free of cross contact during production. All of their surfaces, utensils, etc. are thoroughly sanitized before making gluten-free cakes. The gluten-free ingredients are kept and stored separately, which is very important to Ms. Shadeed who doesn’t want to make anyone sick and lose their credibility. Both ingredients and finished products are tested in house and come in at under five parts per million of gluten.
The gluten-free rum cakes are a little heavier than their wheat-based cake, but that really is the only difference. The cake is moist and vanilla flavored with a rum soaked glaze that transports one to Jamaica with every bite. I had to double check the box to make sure I was indeed eating a gluten-free rum cake because it is that good. This rum cake isn’t a natural product and it does contain preservatives to extend its shelf life. Please keep in mind this is a small company and as they grow different ingredient choices can be made.
Currently, the only gluten-free flavor is buttered rum, but Ms. Shadeed is testing both the caramel and rum raisin with the vanilla cake base. Just thinking about a caramel rum cake has me giddy with anticipation and makes me drool a little. Their rum cakes are vacuum packed and work great as a gift. Although they aren’t in stores yet, their rum cakes can be purchased direct from their site.
I gave the gluten-free cakes a four because of the preservatives, but they really deserve a five for taste and texture. Have you tried a gluten-free rum cake from Wicked Jack’s Tavern?