Think back to those childhood memories of birthday cakes with icing and piped writing, often in the shape of a hedgehog, football pitch or cartoon character. For those with serious allergies to certain foods, these celebration cakes may be a dull and distant memory, consigned to ancient history. For young children who are born with serious allergies they might never have enjoyed this most special of treats – a cake with your name on it, candles glowing and an audience singing Happy Birthday.
Don’t despair though, the clever bakers at The Cake Crusader can create all manner of special cakes for any occasion, whether for a child’s birthday, anniversary or celebration – gluten, dairy and nut free cakes are just waiting for you to discover them. They’re so tasty that you wont believe they’re free-from cakes – they taste just as good, if not better than the real thing. In fact I’d go so far as to say they ARE the real thing.
I was lucky enough to receive one of these cakes recently from Liz Allen at The Cake Crusader as a thank you for some work I’d done for her. I was so surprised and so very delighted to receive such a fantastic gift in the post – with house renovations and building work going on at home it was a very welcome treat in a difficult, noisy, dusty time in my life.
As you can see from the photo our house is far from complete. Major building works and renovations are a challenge for anyone, but even more so an allergic food challenged house hold like ours. The cake was such a lovely surprise and every time I feel really low, I sneak to the freezer and dig out a slice of Liz’s cake, or should I say MY cake! It’s truly delicious.
I recommend you buy whole cakes, cut them up into portion sized pieces, double wrap them in cling film and pop them in the freezer. It means they’ll last longer and you won’t be tempted to wolf them all down quickly before they go off. The don’t contain any preservatives, additives of flavourings so might not last quite as long as shop bought cakes so freezing them prolongs their life too. Cake freezes really well, and if pre-cut into slices they defrost quite quickly too.
Check out The Cake Crusader website to see examples of different special occasion party cakes and kid’s birthday cakes. They’re all gluten, wheat, dairy and nut free as Liz has intolerances and allergies herself. She’s working on soya free chocolate brownies as there are soya free chocolate manufacturers out there, and she also does some vegan and egg free cakes too.
Next time you’re invited to a party by an allergic person, why not treat them to one of these cakes? Or surprise your child on their birthday – gone are the days when kids with allergies miss out tasty cakes – these are so good I guarantee noone will know the difference.