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Does anyone have any ideas of what to have in place of a Birthday cake? I can't tolerate any of the mixes due to other allergies. No gluten, soy, dairy, nuts or corn. I would normally just bring something from home but this is for my Birthday. I usually just eat fruit for dessert but I don't know how well this would go over with the family.

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I had had a box mix from Simply Organic for a carrot cake in my pantry. I made it after my most recent diagnosis so I'm sure it is nut and soy free, although I'm not sure on the corn or dairy status. I followed the pumpkin directions instead and added a bit extra in the way of spices and it was quite delicious.

Pie is always great! I make pie crust using recipe from the side of the box of lard (it's a blue box, snow-something or other brand) and it's perfect and flaky every time. (Disclaimer: I perfected gluten pie crusts at a very young age, apparently other people tell me pie crusts are hard?) I love fruit and pudding pies which I assume you can do with a dairy sub. It's summer, so a steaming hot berry pie with coconut ice cream also sounds positively divine.

I'm gonna stop now, I'm getting fat just thinking about all of this!

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Can you do the So Delicious ice creams? You could have the expensive ice cream and they could have the regular dairy stuff. Add fruit if you like. We like to have vanilla or choc ice cream with fruit and maybe choc fudge sauce. Or a sorbet? They might have corn syrup. Maybe you could make your own? Lots of recipes for them on the internet. mix in the blender fruit & sugar and freeze. Could freeze in a muffin pan than each person could have thier own with more fruit on top?

Its so hot, who wants to heat up the kitchen. The good news this morning is the temps are going down. The bad news is the humidity is going up. :(

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Would you be able to have pavlova? A gorgeous dessert comprised of meringue on the bottom, whipped cream or curd (or a fruit compote in your case) on top and then fresh berries. Stunning with blackberries especially. Delectable, easy and fruit-y.

Would you be willing to make a birthday cake from scratch? Gluten free goddess has some that fit your requirements, I believe. One of my favourites is her coconut cream layer cake (using coconut milk, no gluten or soy or corn). It is very good. Check out her website. Why not make gorgeous cupcakes using this (or another) recipe? They are fun and celebratory.

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Why didn't I think of that? You could have stopped typing at pavlova. It is the most amazing, delectable, wonderful thing and ten times better than any old cake. The sort of thing where you take your first bite, close your eyes, sigh and wonder how you ever lived without knowing it exists.

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I made a coconut flour cake with lemon, lime, and orange juice baked in, then I made a slow-simmered sauce with honey, the other half of the juice, and a lot of the zest on the stovetop and poured it over the top after slicing it. I let the cake cool but pour the sauce while it's still hot from the stove. Let that sit till the next day, you have some good cake! Made that for a friend one year who can't have chocolate.

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Love, love, love Pavlova!!

A big favorite here is crustless pumpkin pie. You would need a sub for the dairy portion, but it is super easy to make . . . just follow the directions from the can of libby's and pour into a lightly greased pie pan and cook as directed. Whip cream (separate) for those that want it.

When I make it for Thanksgiving, I make a crusted pie (for everyone) and an uncrusted pie (for my daughter). My daughter's goes first because everyone wants to give up the extra calories . . . we all just want the filling anyway.

That being said . . . I would still vote for the pavlova

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Whatever you decide to make, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

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Whatever you decide to make, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

Thanks! :)

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Thanks for the suggestions!!! Pavlova looks delicious!!!! I searched online and can't find a recipe without corn starch though. hmmm.

I guess I will have to go for fruit sorbet. Thanks for the suggestion! I found a watermelon sorbet recipe that sounds great.

Anyone know how to make Pavlova corn free?

I can't have coconut, it ticks of my Dh. thanks though!

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Thanks for the suggestions!!! Pavlova looks delicious!!!! I searched online and can't find a recipe without corn starch though. hmmm.

I guess I will have to go for fruit sorbet. Thanks for the suggestion! I found a watermelon sorbet recipe that sounds great.

Anyone know how to make Pavlova corn free?

I can't have coconut, it ticks of my Dh. thanks though!

I have never, ever used cornstarch in Pavlova, actually. It's just a basic meringue with egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar (or a touch of vinegar).

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I have never, ever used cornstarch in Pavlova, actually. It's just a basic meringue with egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar (or a touch of vinegar).

Do you have a recipe? I am one of those cooks who need step by step directions. :rolleyes:

Would apple cider vinegar work?

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If you have an old cookbook laying around you could just use the meringue recipe from it. Or take your pick from googling meringue or lemon meringue. I add a touch of red wine vinegar for the flavor, I'm not sure I'd be a fan of the apple cider although any vinegar should technically work. I also plop it into little individual ones instead of making one huge sticky thing I have to cut. It also means I can have some as soon as it's done cooking and no one will notice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Do you have a recipe? I am one of those cooks who need step by step directions. :rolleyes:

Would apple cider vinegar work?

This is like the one I use. It is very simple and foolproof - it will be lovely! I usually make a raspberry coulis to drizzle on top which would be so nice for your birthday! :)

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Citrus/recipe.html?dishid=6925

I know you cannot have the hazelnut cream - just disregard that. It will be fine without but will need some sort of sauce such as coulis. Sounds and looks fancy but is not! This is what the coulis will look like...

http://foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.ca/2010/07/summer-berry-pavlova-with-raspberry.html

Have a glorious birthday. :D

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Happy Birthday--and I swear, I came onto this thread to suggest pavlova! :D

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Happy Birthday--and I swear, I came onto this thread to suggest pavlova! :D

And that just goes to show that great celiac minds think alike! :lol:

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And that just goes to show that great celiac minds think alike! :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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LOL! Thanks everybody! :P;):)

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Does anyone have any ideas of what to have in place of a Birthday cake? I can't tolerate any of the mixes due to other allergies. No gluten, soy, dairy, nuts or corn. I would normally just bring something from home but this is for my Birthday. I usually just eat fruit for dessert but I don't know how well this would go over with the family.

If you are willing to do one from scratch, the vanilla bean cake from the Spunky Coconut is awesome. I do it every year for my son's birthday. It is free of all those things you listed. I usually do the frosting from Enjoy Life chocolate chips which does have corn I believe, but I'll bet you can sub something else or change up the frosting.

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If you are willing to do one from scratch, the vanilla bean cake from the Spunky Coconut is awesome. I do it every year for my son's birthday. It is free of all those things you listed. I usually do the frosting from Enjoy Life chocolate chips which does have corn I believe, but I'll bet you can sub something else or change up the frosting.

I'll check it out! Thanks a bunch!

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I think Enjoy Life is always free of the top 8, so should be corn free.

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So this isn't cake but it's very yummy and simple, since that's what I'm all about lol the Enjoy Life "chocolate chips" are quite yummy, allergen free. For my birthday present my best friend came over and made me chocolate covered strawberries!! She just melted the chocolate chips and dipped huge organic strawberries in it...oh my goodness, so yummy!

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A bit late .. but something to try -

Wacky Cake - Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, corn-free, soy-free..

1 1/2 cup gluten-free flour*

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 tsp Guar gum

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

5 Tbsp oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350

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Thanks everyone! Printing the thread as I type! :)

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