Pearl's Bake Shoppe (Closed)

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 16 ratings
$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Donuts + 3 more
91% of 12 votes say it's Celiac friendly

711 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903 Directions

(434) 293-2253
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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    7 months ago

    The best gluten free cupcakes in town! I am a very sensitive celiac and have had zero issues with pearls. They are very careful about cross contamination and understand celiac. They even have a separate case for gluten free items to avoid any confusion or cross contamination!

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    11 months ago

    We found their gf cupcakes to be dry, almost coffee cake texture. The chocolate cupcake was better than the vanilla based but we’ve had better cupcakes from other bakeries. The cupcakes are also co-mingling with gluten cupcakes, sitting on s middle shelf in the middle of other baked goods with no cover. We also tried a cake pop and the center was almost like eating cookie dough with a thick layer of white chocolate/candy bark on the outside. We don’t eat cake pops normally so maybe this is how they all are?? Overall we weren’t impressed but my boyfriend, who is celiac, didn’t get sick from any of the food.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    FOOD JEWEL OF OUR TRIP is the quote from my husband who is not GF or celiac and still ate a bunch of GF items. I typically do not eat sweets because I find GF sweets to be so disappointing, but these cupcakes were AMAZING. We had ham and sweet potato biscuits, all kinds of cupcakes, and cookies. I am very gluten sensitive and did not have a reaction at all to all the sweets I crammed in my mouth from them. I bought extra the day we left Virginia to try to freeze them at home. Hopefully that works. I'm going to post photos because there's no way I can really describe the awesomeness that is the GF Drumstick Cupcake. Also, people who were coming in and buying GF told me they were the best GF cupcakes in town and were raving about them. PRO TIP: The GF cupcakes usually come out around 10:30 or so because they are baked fresh everyday. At least one flavor is gone by 3 each day. The staff is extremely friendly and you can call for Cupcake status in the AM. They are happy to help.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

    Best gf cupcake I've ever had. Got the lemon flavor. Great customer service too. I can't have corn and they called the owner to make sure it was corn free. Delicious.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    So so delicious!! I go all the time and I have no problems there. I have celiac disease and IBS and have only had good experiences there!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Amazing gf choices & very delicious! I'm so glad we decided to stop!! Nice selection of cookies, brownies, cupcakes and even cake pops!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    Best gluten free cupcake I've had! Had the Blue who and it was good but the bourbon pecan was absolutely amazing!

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    Not celiac
    4 rating
    2 years ago

    Stopped in for gluten free cupcakes while on vacation. There were two varieties available, both chocolate based. They were very good and I felt fine from both. (I am not celiac but am very sensitive.) They also had macaroons in several flavors. The thing that really annoyed me was not being able to get a glass of tap water. "We don't do that but you can buy a bottle of water." Seriously lacking customer service when you can't get a glass of water.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    Purchased 8 GF cupcakes for a family birthday celebration. Delicious! We had a variety of frostings and it was so fun to have such options. Also, totally reasonably priced. Will definitely buy from here again. Celiac daughter had no adverse reaction.

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    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    My 2 daughters who have celiac ate brownies that the male server said were gluten free on Monday, August 3rd in the Charlottesville, VA store. They threw-up every 10 to 20 minutes for 2-3 hours. Celiac buyer beware.

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    amazing. the best gluten free biscuits and brownies. can't wait to try the cake pops

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    3 years ago

    excellent dessert options! breakfast options that we didn't try... very lovely place

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    delicious! We love everything here!!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    This is what gluten free baking should taste like - simply delicious! I had the red velvet cupcake and the sweet potato ham biscuit. The red velvet was moist and delicious and had a generous amount of frosting - enough for very bite. The sweet potato biscuit was slight sweet and soft, not crumbly, but the ham was just a little too salty. Run, don't walk, to Pearl's!

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    5 rating
    4 years ago

    Delicious gluten free cakes and cupcakes, you wouldn't know unless you were told that they are gf. Husband with celiac has eaten them several times with no adverse reactions.

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