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post #1 of 15
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I want to make sure that I do not offend any cultural or religious beliefs, what products can I NOT use on an American buttercream type cake or cheesecake? Not sure which I want to do yet...

I just want to make sure because I am not familiar with their culture.

If anyone can help advise, I would appreciate it!

Thanks so much!
post #2 of 15
My neighbors are Indian and I know most are vegetarians. The husband actually eats anything but his parents and his wife don't eat any meat. I don't think they eat eggs but they are ok with milk and butter.

Annie
post #3 of 15
We had many Indian customers...the usual request is egg-free, but I would ask if there are any ingredients to avoid.
post #4 of 15
I know from experience that using any kind of egg products is out of the question...don't freak out...its easily remedied with an eggless cake recipe (and using vegan friendly marshmallows to make MMF if you need fondant) here's the link for a good recipe I use for my indian friends http://www.egglesscooking.com/2011/08/30/eggless-vanilla-cake-recipe/
obviously there are lots of flavor options...and this one goes great with a sour cream whipping cream blend of icing in substitution of regular buttercream icon_smile.gif good luck happy baking icon_wink.gif
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I think you should discuss with customer on the no-nos in detail. All the best.
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post #6 of 15
There are a bunch of Indian cake recipes on this site: http://www.indianfoodforever.com/cakes/
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post #7 of 15
As a person of Indian decent, I would highly recommend that you ask your client what they can have and what they cannot have. Just to clarify, there are over 200 different belief systems that have different dietary requirements. Most Indians do eat eggs. Most, not all. (I eat everything including beef) Some Indians can't eat onions and garlic and they are vegetarian. So my point is, ask and they will have no problem telling you what they can have and what they cannot have and you will have a very happy customer, and one who will respect the fact that you asked them and did not assume or generalize what they can or cannot have.
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As a person of Indian decent, I would highly recommend that you ask your client what they can have and what they cannot have. Just to clarify, there are over 200 different belief systems that have different dietary requirements. Most Indians do eat eggs. Most, not all. (I eat everything including beef) Some Indians can't eat onions and garlic and they are vegetarian. So my point is, ask and they will have no problem telling you what they can have and what they cannot have and you will have a very happy customer, and one who will respect the fact that you asked them and did not assume or generalize what they can or cannot have.
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post #9 of 15
As many of them have mentioned in this thread, you need to check if the client prefers eggless cake or regular cakes with egg. Also if they are looking for fondant covered cakes, then you may need to inform them that fondant has gelatin ( if they are vegetarians).

HTH
post #10 of 15
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The cake is not for a client and I do not run a business, it is my hobby only. It is for someone who did something nice for my family. I would like to do something nice for them as a "surprise thank you", since I know they are not expecting anything in return.

As someone who has lived and traveled to many different countries, I would never generalize anyone. I know each culture is different, just as Americans are so different. I just wanted to come to my experienced cake friends to help me be mindful of their culture and for me not to make them uncomfortable in any way by accepting my "thank you for your kindness."

Thank you all for your replies and the link to Indian recipes. That's great! Thank you for your help in preventing me from making an embarrassing blunder. thumbs_up.gif
post #11 of 15
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Oh and also thank you kindly for the eggless recipe! Looks like I've got some practicing to do! I love a new challenge. icon_biggrin.gif
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by bakedbaker

btw...cheesecake without eggs is rather tricky icon_wink.gif



I can't help with the original question, sorry, but it sounds like you have that sorted anyway!

Just wanted to say that baked cheesecakes without eggs might be difficult but I don't know of any unbaked ones that do contain eggs, eg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemoncheesecake_65665
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/baileysandchocolatec_72293
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/banoffeecheesecakewi_85024
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Originally Posted by Jennifer353

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Originally Posted by bakedbaker

btw...cheesecake without eggs is rather tricky icon_wink.gif



I can't help with the original question, sorry, but it sounds like you have that sorted anyway!

Just wanted to say that baked cheesecakes without eggs might be difficult but I don't know of any unbaked ones that do contain eggs, eg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemoncheesecake_65665
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/baileysandchocolatec_72293
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/banoffeecheesecakewi_85024



Oh thank you so much! I will check these out.
post #14 of 15
FYI if there is a large Indian population in your area this can be a profitable niche market if you develop some good egg-free recipes. There are probably ethnic bakeries already catering to these populations but cake decorating is usually not their strong suit.

First birthdays are very important in Indian culture and many parents will put together a wedding-style event for the occasion.
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Originally Posted by Jennifer353

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Originally Posted by bakedbaker

btw...cheesecake without eggs is rather tricky icon_wink.gif



I can't help with the original question, sorry, but it sounds like you have that sorted anyway!

Just wanted to say that baked cheesecakes without eggs might be difficult but I don't know of any unbaked ones that do contain eggs, eg

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lemoncheesecake_65665
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/baileysandchocolatec_72293
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/banoffeecheesecakewi_85024



Oh thank you so much! I will check these out.
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