Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › FOOD ALLEGIES!! PLEASE READ!!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

FOOD ALLEGIES!! PLEASE READ!! - Page 2

post #16 of 26
Well you can bet if your neighbour had a child or relative or she, herself had such severe allergies, she would be the first one to try to have these things banned from public places!
My children were lucky, they didn't have these kinds of allergies and what they were allergic to was medicines and such. But regardless, when one child in my daughter's class had severe nut allergies and the parents tried to request that the school be nut-free, I was 100% on their side. A milk allergy is a different thing, milk doesn't get in the air or leave traces, unless someone spills it and then it is pretty obvious. So that is an allergy that you exercise caution with what you eat and such. Peanut allergies are a whole different ballgame. Opening a bag of peanuts on an airplane or in a classroom or cafeteria, can be life threatening if someone with a nut allergy is in the same location. So personally I cannot understand why we cannot be more considerate of the issue and support these bans.
Some allergic reactions can be avoided fairly easily, others cannot and whatever we can do to make the world a safer place for people with these allergies, is what we need to do.
I have known of cases where people were actually foolish enough to try to test whether the allergic person was making up the allergies or not. One friend's mother-in-law thought it was an attention seeking device and actually served her a cake with ground peanuts in it. Well, her throat closed up very quickly and she almost died before anyone knew what was wrong and could seek treatment. Can you imagine?
I had to make a cake recently for a person with a peanut allergy. So I cleared out any peanuts in the house, washed everything down. As I was icing the cake, hubby came into the kitchen behind me and opened up a big bags of peanuts. So I had to start all over again because I wouldn't take a chance with that allergy. Heehee, he got educated about nut allergies in a hurry!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #17 of 26
Meant to add, I notice that a lot of folks use almond extract in their cakes or icings. Either switch to artificial almond extract or make certain that you put a warning label on your cake boxes. Whenever I use this extract, I put a warning on the top and sides of the cake box and also warn the customer in person. Almond extract is not always discernible when used in a cake in small quantities. Many folks are almonds and would not realize it was an ingredient. Also, hazelnuts (filberts) is another serious nut allergy so if you are using Nutella, be sure to warn folks.
I find it a good practice to ask customers if any of the folks that will be attending the celebration, have allergies. I often list the ingredients on the box.
I have stopped using anything with peanuts in it, for children's parties, just to be safe.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
I mentioned the scrubbing everything and then washing in the dishwasher in an earlier post because I've had this argument with my mother-in-law numerous times. She is one of the people who doesn't scrub things before she puts them in the dishwasher and will dump a whole cup of coffee, once even a bowl of salsa, in the dishwasher. I thought that was disgusting even before my daughter's allergy. So she thinks I'm using this as an excuse to get her to stop putting things in my dishwasher like that. You'd think she would just be considerate of my house and my things and do what I ask her to do in my home. I've even said, I'll do the dishes, just put everything in the sink but she sneaks around and tries to get it past me be by running the dishwasher before I can check. I've found casserole dishes in my cabinet with baked-on cheese still stuck to it that she washed and put away while she was babysitting for us. Last time we were at her house, I told her Caitlin could not have bread she bought because it was made in a bakery and then I found her cutting Caitlin an apple on the same cutting board and with the same knife she used for the bread. The next morning, my husband got a knife out of the drawer and told her there was food on it and she waved him off and said it was probably just peanut butter. I had already told her about at least scrubbing her peanut butter knife before putting it in the dishwasher or Caitlin would not be able to eat at her house. Anyway, after the apple incident, Caitlin had a SEVERE asthma attack that I think was really a peanut reaction. We had to give her 3 breathing treatments before she stopped wheezing. And she wonders why we won't let her keep our kids for a week in the summer. We're afraid we'll never see Caitlin alive again! Needless to say, when we all go to visit we don't let Caitlin eat anything at her house or use her dishes anymore. I bring her food and make her eat on a paper towel with her fingers. Luckily they live far away so we don't visit that often.
post #19 of 26
Thanks for the info
Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
Reply
Happy Baking,

Twin Dees

"Good cakes aren't cheap,
Cheap cakes aren't good" (TM)

I am a very proud Mom of Nia , Jada, & D.J.
Reply
post #20 of 26
I had no clue how severe a nut allergy could be!!!! Thank you for the information. That just blows my mind, because I can remember in 5th and 6th grade (about 12 years ago now) that every half day they served peanut butter sandwiches for lunch!
check out my myspace. www.myspace.com/ginacakesaz
Reply
check out my myspace. www.myspace.com/ginacakesaz
Reply
post #21 of 26
Thanks for posting all of that information. I know how hard it is when you have foods you have to avoid. I have gluten intolerance, not full Celiac's and I have gone through periods of my life eating only gluten free products and it is a chore to do.

A story about nut allergies: My uncle is allergic to peanuts. A few years ago he was at a work party and ate some cookies. He thought they were soo yummy until his throart started to close and he asked around and found out they were PB cookies! He had never been around them before and I guess he had no idea what they looked like. I think that not only is it his responsiblity to ask first, but I would never bring a peanut dish if I were taking food for a party!
post #22 of 26
Well, I think you might be referring to my posts...I hope you understand that...I too have a child with serious food allergies. Because of making my posts to long...I have cut out the middle info. My daughter is very allergic to peanuts...she can't even eat something that has been cooked previously with something containing peanuts. I mean the pan has been scrubed and ran through the dishwasher in sanitize mode!!! We never go out to eat...and I have a strict "no peanut" policy at my home. She has Celiac Disease...which is simular to an allergy only it is an auto-immune disease. Eating wheat and products containing wheat...makes her throw up and sends her to the hospital.

By the way...when making a Gluten free cake...you MUST use a pan that has not been used for a wheat containing cake!!!! Gluten gets into the pores of the the metal and NEVER comes out!!!

I totally understand...I don't think you are ranting!!! We all should know this information. And I applaud you for informing all of us!!!! thumbs_up.gif

I will say this...I didn't know about the butter flavor!!! icon_redface.gif I now know and will keep an eye on it.

Thank you agian!!!!
Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
Reply
Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
Reply
post #23 of 26
jjandascog
Geesh, I don't know what to say, but boy, her attitude makes it even worse, doesn't it?
I find that a lot of older folks who grew up when allergies were unheard of, have this same attitude. They think we are being over-protective or they imagine that it is all in the person's imagination. I find that a lot. But you would think she would take your word for it and exercise extreme caution where the health of her grandchild is concerned. I think a lot of people just don't get it until it happens to them.
I guess I am at a loss as to why anyone would deliberately not respect another person's wishes when they are aware of the situation.
I hope your child is one of the lucky ones that outgrows the severity of her reactions!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
I just felt that I needed to say something because a lot of people are under the impression that if it doesn't list milk in the ingredients, it's OK. But the list of ingredients for milk is really long and I've had to memorize it. I also know from personal experience that most people don't understand that you have to read the labels to make sure things weren't processed near peanuts. It wasn't only your post, MrsFish, that was just the 4th or 5th one I had seen that might be misleading to someone searching for info about a milk allergy. I know it's not common knowledge that butter flavor has to be watched for with a milk allergy. I just wanted to give everyone the information and my feeling that if you have a question about an ingredient for a special-order cake for someone with a food allergy, illness or disease the best person to be asking is the person who has the allergy, illness or disease. That's really the only way to be safe. Because while several people may have the same problem, the severity of it may not be the same. For instance, my daughter is slowly outgrowing her milk allergy and can now have butter flavoring but if she hadn't had such a severe allergy to it in the beginning, I might not have known about butter flavoring being a risk and could have harmed someone by giving information according to my child's allergies when their allergy might be more severe. You just never know. That's why I think if you do want to be helpful and make these types of cakes, you should always put all of your questions to the person that it most concerns. I know everyone on this website is helpful and friendly and you have all helped me a few times but I also am sure that you wouldn't want to give information that could harm someone. That kind of information needs to come directly from the person who will be affected if something goes wrong.
post #25 of 26
I agree with you there!!! thumbs_up.gif And again I thank you for bringing this to our attention!!! You may have saved someone a trip to the ER!


Thank You!!!!!
Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
Reply
Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
Reply
post #26 of 26
Wow. This has all been very informative. I knew about peanut allergies. I have been involved in scouts for some time, so I've had a lot of exposure to that, but never had to deal with dairly allergies per sey. My son and youngest daughter are lactose intolerant, but not allergic. I made a cake for my oldest daughters bird camp a few weeks ago, and the instructor running it told me how amazing it was and she was sad she didn't get to enjoy it b/c she has a severe egg allergy and just assumed it would have eggs in it (which it did). If I had know in advance of the egg allergy, I could have taken that into consideration (esp since they knew I was making a cake). I will have to pay more attention to what the ingredients are in the cakes.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › FOOD ALLEGIES!! PLEASE READ!!