Yesterday I bought a decorated birthday cake. One of the letters was wrong, so I carefully scraped it off and without thinking, stupidly licked the knife. Sure enough, this morning I have a full-on gluten reaction, which is very severe for me and usually means 5 days in bed. Oh joy.
I called the baker out of curiosity, as I'm only 18 months into being Gluten Free and still learning (and still hitting myself about the head occasionally, when I do dumb stuff like this).
The icing contained two things that I think may have been the problem -- vanilla flavoring (not extract) and cake shortening. I know some vanilla flavorings are made with barley malt, yep, did that one already a couple of times about a year ago.
But I have no idea about Cake Shortening, what is it, and does it contain gluten?
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