cake and frosting for MFA

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 3:48am
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My son will be 2 at end of October, and I am trying to figure out a cake to make for him. He has many allergies (PA,TNA,MILK,EGG,SOY,CORN,BARLEY, ALL LEGUMES. He can eat wheat so I can use white flour, but not all purpose flour as that has barley in it. I found a pretty easy and acceptable cake to make in "Sophie's Safe Cooking" cookbook, but cannot find a frosting to make as they all take powdered sugar which has cornstarch in it. Any suggestions on frosting or any excellent cake recipes??

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Elena

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 4:16am
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Powdered/Confectioner

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 4:20am
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What is the best way to grind it as fine as possible?

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 4:30am
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You can use a food processor or maybe even a blender to grind the sugar.
Also, I've made this frosting with granulated sugar and it works well. You might have to beat it a little longer. This would only work if you have appropriate substitutes for milk and margarine of course.
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (use whatever flour is safe for you)
1 cup milk (rice milk?)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (are there soy, dairy and corn free margarines?)
1 cup powdered sugar (use granulated)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine flour and milk in medium saucepan, stir over low heat until thickened. Cool. Beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Add powdered sugar; beat until fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Add flour mixture, beat until thick and smooth.
We only avoid peanuts and nuts so I'm not experienced with cooking around multiple food allergies but maybe this info will be helpful anyway.

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 5:40am
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Thanks for the recipe. I will try it this weekend. I hope I can substitute vegetable shortening or coconut oil for the margarine or butter.
Elena

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 6:12am
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Cherrybrook Farms has a great cake mix.
Also, Fleishman's Unsalted Margerine is dairy free.

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 6:17am
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also -- at miss robens allergy grocer -- an online allergy store -- you can buy powered sugar with no corn starch -- they use potato starch or tapioca starch -- i buy 4 or 5 bags at a time -- and use it for frosting, icing etc. -- they also have corn free baking powder and some great cake and frosting mixes depending upon all your allergens -- we are peanut, treenut, soy corn and a few others!

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 9:01am
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Thanks Mistey, but Fleichmans is made from corn and Cherrybrook kitchen has corn and barley in it. And thank you caryn! I didn't know that about the corn free powdered sugar! That's awesome. I will order it now. I did find the baking powder made with potato starch at Whole Foods but couldn't find a powdered sugar w/o corn. Thanks so much! That solves the problem!
Elena

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 11:03am
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What about Mother's Margarine? Would that be safe for you?

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 7:44am
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ebrignole,
I would recommend buying or taking The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook out of the library and see if there's a recipe in there for frosting and cake. The author had a son allergic to many food items so the recipes are free of nearly all major allergens.

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 8:13am
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I do have whole foods allergy cookbook. I will check out her frosting recipes again. I'm not sure why I dismissed those particular recipes. I've heard of Mother's Margarine and I think my mother n'law even purchased it once for us, but there was something in it, if I recall, that my son couldn't have....maybe corn. Corn seems to be in everything...
Elena

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