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Need Recipe: 1st Bday Cake

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Hi all, I am totally new to this. My baby daughter has been diagnosed with food allergies and is on a no egg, wheat, soy, nuts, seeds, dairy diet. Plus since she is not 1 yet, we aren't sure if she can eat many of the other alternative foods yet. We are having a big 1st birthday party for her, which we planned before knowing about the allergies. I really need help with ideas for a cake. It doesn't have to be fancy, can do with out icing and all, but I would really like to have something for her to cut, even a fruit tart or the like.

And to make matters worse, I am not a baker or creative in the kitchen. I would appreciate any help at all that you could give.

Thanks much.

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Hi TheMomof2,

Welcome to the forum!!

Your dd has the same allergies that my dd does but we're gluten free as well as wheat free. :)

I have had good sucess with The Gluten Free Pantry's, Old Fashioned Cake and Cookie Mix. They have a downloadable cookbook for egg free & for dairy free recipes. Here's a link to there website.

http://www.gluten free.com/online-store.htm

1 Bag of Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Mix

To the mix I add the following:

3 Tbsp. Applesauce

1/3 Cup Oil

1/2 Cup gluten-free Rice Milk or Water

2 tsp. gluten-free Vanilla

Mix all ingredients and bake according to the package.

(I use organic, no sugar added applesauce. I've also used pureed carrots and I've used Apricot Fruit Spread. The cookbook gives the suggestion of using combination fruit applesauces to change the flavor, such as apple/blackberry etc.)

(For the oil, I use canola.)

(A couple of times I didn't have any vanilla and it turned out fine.)

I've done the recipe for cupcakes, half dome cakes and 9" cakes. Let me know if you want any ideas for icing, if you decided to use it. You might use an 100% fruit spread such as Crofter's or Bionature to spread on the top. :)

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I've made this cake twice. The first time, I used Bette Hagman's featherlight mixture. It was good, but I felt it was just a tiny bit "gritty" in texture. The next time, I used Carol Fenster's sorghum/corn flour blend and it was fabulous! Couldn't tell it was gluten-free at all. (I got the recipe from the internet, I have no idea who came up with it originally, although I do have a non-gluten-free version that is just a bit different.)

Gluten Free Wacky Cake

1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour mix

1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 cup sugar

3 tbsp cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp vinegar

6 tbsp oil (I used canola)

1 cup cold water

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt.

Make three "wells" in the flour mixture. In the first well, put vanilla, in the second the vinegar, and in the third the oil.

Pour the cold water over the mixture and stir until moistened.

Pour into an 8x8 pan.

Bake at 350 until it springs back when touched lightly...about 30 min.

I also added about 1/4 cup applesauce for added moistness.

Carol Fenster's Sorghum Corn flour Blend

makes 4 1/2 cups

1 1/2 cups sorghum flour

1 1/2 cups potato starch OR corn starch

1 cup tapioca starch (flour)

1/2 cup corn flour

Please be aware that tapioca starch and tapioca flour are the same thing, but potato starch and potato flour are completely different.

Good luck! I think this recipe should work with all the allergies/intolerances in your house.

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Guest nini

I was just going to say if she COULD have chocolate, that it's fairly easy to make a gluten-free brownie cake without the wheat or egg or soy...

you can substitute rice flour or tapioca flour for the wheat flour in most recipes involving chocolate, pure cocoa and instead of egg, applesauce is a fairly good substitute... If you want I'll see if I can find a specific recipe for that.

Without the chocolate, you may have to get more creative, but I'm sure it can be done... maybe use grated carrots in the mix and applesauce, tapioca flour, stuff like that...

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Hi TheMomof2,

Welcome to the forum!!

Your dd has the same allergies that my dd does but we're gluten free as well as wheat free.  :)

I have had good sucess with The Gluten Free Pantry's, Old Fashioned Cake and Cookie Mix. They have a downloadable cookbook for egg free & for dairy free recipes. Here's a link to there website.

<a href='http://www.gluten free.com/online-store.htm' target='external'>http://www.gluten free.com/online-store.htm</a>

1 Bag of Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Mix

To the mix I add the following:

3 Tbsp. Applesauce

1/3 Cup Oil

1/2 Cup gluten-free Rice Milk or Water

2 tsp. gluten-free Vanilla

Mix all ingredients and bake according to the package.

(I use organic, no sugar added applesauce. I've also used pureed carrots and I've used Apricot Fruit Spread. The cookbook gives the suggestion of using combination fruit applesauces to change the flavor, such as apple/blackberry etc.)

(For the oil, I use canola.)

(A couple of times I didn't have any vanilla and it turned out fine.)

I've done the recipe for cupcakes, half dome cakes and 9" cakes. Let me know if you want any ideas for icing, if you decided to use it. You might use an 100% fruit spread such as Crofter's or Bionature to spread on the top. :)

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Thank you so much. I looked at there website and looked up this mix. The baking instructions say to use egg etc. Which I can't. So I am going to try your recipe as you suggested above. I just place an order for several packages. I assume I'll bake one or two before the birtday just to make sure they work....I'll need the practice :) . SHould I then just bake at temperaute they suggest and the length they suggest.?

I'd love to get some ideas on icing. She can't have berries yet so blueberry, strawberry spread etc. are out. I was thinking on making a sugar, cinamon, frosting and just drizling it on. but would love to get any other suggestion you may have.

Also, you wouldn't by chance happen to have a oatmeal raisin cookie recipe? I have a really good recipe they requires little sugar, but needs lots of eggs, and since I am new to this, I don't know how to make it without eggs.

Thanks much. With the suggestions I got here, I am feeling like we can actually do a normal birthday party for her. :rolleyes:

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Enjoy Life Foods makes a "No Oats Oatmeal" cookie that is fabulous! My 5 year old and I both LOVE them!

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