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post #1 of 19
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My daughter wants to take cupcakes to her class next week for her birthday....but there is a student in her class who has nut allergies.....

at the start of the year there was a letter sent home that my daughter can NOT take nuts, peanut butter sandwiches or anything that could contain nuts...and we were asked to check all labels.....

soooo now Im concerned about making the cupcakes....can I make them from a mix base? or will i have to make them from scratch? and if scratch....I cant even get a cake to raise right from scratch...how do i do cupcakes?? icon_lol.gif


thanks for any help! thumbs_up.gif
post #2 of 19
Hhhmmm....my first thought is-are they even allowed to bring home-made goodies? Alot of schools here don't allow anything that isn't store bought.

If they can bring home-made goodies is the allergic child going to be eating them too? I don't think I'd even take a chance if so because you won't know the severity of the allergy and your house (like most) probably isn't a nut-free zone (my house isn't simply because I'm in it icon_lol.gif )

If the child is going to have an alternate treat you should be able to check on-line with the manufacturer to see if the mix is produced in a nut-free factory. My guess is going to be that most of them aren't.

Here are some recipes that I found. I didn't get to read the reviews.

http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=cupcake&x=0&y=0

I've been really happy with everything I've made from epicurious.

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post #3 of 19
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There is no issue with me making them they said....but even if I was to buy them already made how would i know if they were nut free?

hmm now I dont know what to do!
post #4 of 19
I know some of our local grocery stores have signs posted in the bakery, deli, etc that nuts, seafood, etc are used in the production of the foods there.
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by dodibug

I know some of our local grocery stores have signs posted in the bakery, deli, etc that nuts, seafood, etc are used in the production of the foods there.




I havent seen it but I assumed that there was no way they were nut free either....as in nuts and people nuts<--- icon_surprised.gif sounds worse then what i mean! icon_lol.gif

well lovely....my daughter is going to be so upset if she doesnt get to take any cupcakes.....she just started kinder and that was the one thing she was looking forward to doing in school! icon_lol.gif
post #6 of 19
my daughter has a nut allergy even carries an epipen. I bake cakes either from box or scratch and she has never had a problem.
post #7 of 19
And just to be safe, make sure you wash your beaters, bowls, etc. thoroughly before starting. You never know what little residue can be left from the dishwasher, etc. icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by dawnh

my daughter has a nut allergy even carries an epipen. I bake cakes either from box or scratch and she has never had a problem.





thanks! I thought about using just the plain yellow version


I found this...
http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/misc/nutallergy_cutout.html


and I couldnt find any of those ingredients in the mix .....maybe I will send a note to the teacher tomorrow to pass a note home with the child with the allergy so they can opt to send an alternative or say its ok ?
post #9 of 19
My daughter has a peanut allergy/epi pen etc. I always use cake mixes and never had a problem. Most often I use Dunkin Hines. To be on the safe side you may want to cut the ingredients label off the box and have the teacher pass it on to the "allergy child's" mom or if you are comfortable call the mom yourself and ask her. It is the only way to play it safe icon_smile.gif Good luck!
post #10 of 19
My dtr(5) was just diagnosed with a peanut intollerance and there is a little girl in the class who severly allergic. The teacher keeps treats sent by the girls mother just in case treats are sent to school.

The severly allergic child's mother may not even allow her to have the treat even though you have made them nut free.
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post #11 of 19
my son is also allergic to peanuts, severly!! to the point that his throat closes up. We found this out when he was barely 1.5 and not the good way. icon_cry.gif Thank god he is still with us. He also has an epi pen jr, and school nurse has one in her office. I have been baking w/cake mix for years and haven't had a problem with him. I usually use Betty Crocker both vanilla and chocolate. Chocolate items are supposed to be a big No-No for them, mostly bars and stuff. My son's school also has the policy of no nuts in the premises, but there's always some sort of nut product that sneaks in. Like a granola bar of some sort, or chex mix of certain kinds. My suggestions is to bake from scratch and use a hand mixer that was never used for nuts (if you have one available that is).
Or see if you can make sugar cookies decorated instead. Maybe your daughter will be ok with that. try explaining why. and make them fun. put a stick go crazy. icon_wink.gif
post #12 of 19
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thanks for your help!!!


cookies are a good idea too! I'm gonna ask the teacher if there are any instructions from the mother and if I can the mother too....my husband said to send GUMMY WORMS!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
post #13 of 19
our daycare allows home baked goods as well but we must bring in the labels. I use box mixes (DH) if it is processed in a factory that shares equipment it will say on the box. I looked at the store brand, and most of them say it's on shared equipment That is what they look for. My children don't have allergies but several of their friends do so that 's something we're always mindful of now.
post #14 of 19
Hi! Would it be possible for you to speak directly to the child's mom / dad / guardian? This way you'll know for sure what will be okay to bring.

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post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by twinsline7

thanks for your help!!!


cookies are a good idea too! I'm gonna ask the teacher if there are any instructions from the mother and if I can the mother too....my husband said to send GUMMY WORMS!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif



I know you were just kidding but I hear gummy type candies can even be a problem for kids with nut allergies icon_eek.gif
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