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I need ideas. DD birthday is next week and we are having a little party tomorrow. I had everything planned out. I was making the Elmo cake from Wilton and had bought everything including the concentrated paste food coloring. The label was fine but I just called to make sure it was safe. It of course is not. I got off the phone and broke down. I feel so silly being so upset by this, but I just wanted her to be able to have a cute cake like every other 2 year old. It's NOT FAIR!!!

What can I do to frost this cake? I'm afraid liquid or gel food coloring will make the frosting to runny and they won't be the right colors. I am so upset.

On Jan 4, 2007

I just recently bought some signature brand gel colorings. Their stuff is supposed to be mostly safe. Not as good probably as the wilton colorings but still more concentrated than the liquid stuff. Luvmyboys

On Jan 4, 2007

What brand is your food paste coloring? I'm assuming your talking about the type that comes in little round bottles with screw tops and is like a super thick gel. I use the Wilton brand all the time with my PA DD. We've never had a problem.

------------------ Lori Jo,

Rose, 7-31-02, PA Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

On Jan 4, 2007

It is the Wilton brand. I called and they told me it was made in a facility with peanuts and dairy. She is also allergic to eggs and I didn't even tell the woman that because she already told me about the other two. I asked if they were on the line or just in the building and she said she didn't know but that they were not safe.

On Jan 4, 2007

I use Betty Crocker products. Last year I decorated a clown cake with their ready-made decorative color icings. I've also used the Betty Crocker colored sprays which are easy and look nice.

Craft stores (like Michaels)offer cake decorating classes.

One year the theme was The Wiggles, I found some figures in the toy section and used those for the cake. I've done the same with other themes.

This year I bought one of those cupcake stands (looks kind of like a tree) and I will decorate the cupcakes and display them on a stand.

Good luck, my child has always loved the cake and has fun finding the decoration toys for it.

On Jan 4, 2007

I used the Wilton paste colorings for Halloween this year and last year. I didn't even think about calling them. We used them with no problems. My son is PA and TNA. I usually call about everything. I don't know why I didn't call about this.

On Jan 4, 2007

Do a search on Wilton products. I have had issues with them in the past. I returned all my paste for a full refund. I will NEVER use another Wilton product other than the pans themselves.

PP

On Jan 4, 2007

Could you frost with safe frosting that is colored with red food coloring that you are comfortable with (I know it will probably be more pink-ish) -- then sprinkle the top with red sugar sprinkles to make it red? It may not be exactly how you imagined it, but you might be closer and safer.

On Jan 4, 2007

Does child like citrus flavor?

I have no idea if this would work, but there are "blood" oranges on market right now -- the flesh is red. Possibly use its juice for icing liquid?

Hang in there -- you will find a fix & whatever you do will be appreciated by your little one. We are all goddesses in their eyes, afterall?! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

~Elizabeth

On Jan 4, 2007

Wow I had never thought to check , I have always used Wilton paste colors , and have never had a problem, I use it for school playdough. Wow , there is no warning.

On Jan 4, 2007

Hi, CGroth. Just a thought--what about frosting the cake with CoolWhip? I don't know what your little girl is allergic to but if it's safe for her, you can color it with food coloring or mix in some mashed up berries or jam that she likes and can eat. You won't be able to create a clown or baloon design with this kind of frosting, but it's fluffy and tasty and looks special. Also, you can put the cake in the freezer for awhile and the Coolwhip will take on the consistency of ice cream. Sorry about your dilemma--good luck!

On Jan 4, 2007

Thank you all so very much for your ideas! I have recovered from the "crisis" and have a new plan. Luckily I had not already baked the Elmo cake so I took back the pan and all of the other things I had bought. I bought a cute cupcake holder and some little Sesame Street people (plastic) to put on them. I also had some signature brand writing icing that I called on and it is safe. I can frost them with the white icing and then use the colored icing to decorate. She is allergic to dairy as well or the cool whip would have been a good idea. DD was diagnosed a almost exactly a year ago and I have really not "lost it" over anything this year. I think today was the final straw and it just set me off.

It is so nice to have somewhere to post problems like this. I appreciate all of your input!

On Jan 4, 2007

I'm glad you found a solution!

I've searched and read all the Wilton posts over the last couple of years, and the posts have made me concerned. I called them myself a couple of years ago when I first heard about this problem.

All I can say is that we ahve some Wilton colors (a goodly number of them even), and we've not had a problem with them. We'd used them before we knew Wilton was a problem, didn't have any problems so have continued using them. I don't know what we'll do when we run out.

Perhaps someone like Kellies or another nut free company could make some--and we'd all pledge to buy it.

I would do this, but given where things stand, our Wilton colors should last a few more years.

On Jan 4, 2007

There is an alternative to the Wilton colors, as mentioned on this board. It is Cake Craft food color paste. I talked to the owner who was super nice and very informed. I ordered the paste and had no problem. Here is a link to my post: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum15/HTML/000667.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum15/HTML/000667.html[/url]

Also, on the snack forum you can see the cake I made for my son. It turned out great and I can't tell you how happy I was for him to have a "normal" cake. The thread was "My son's Wilton birthday cake". Just fyi for your future cakes.

On Jan 4, 2007

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Originally posted by agodfrey0201: [b]Hi, CGroth. Just a thought--what about frosting the cake with CoolWhip?[/b]

CoolWhip contains casein which is a dairy protein. It is not safe for people who are allergic to milk.

Cathy

On Jan 4, 2007

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Originally posted by mommamia8: [b]There is an alternative to the Wilton colors, as mentioned on this board. It is Cake Craft food color paste. I talked to the owner who was super nice and very informed. I ordered the paste and had no problem. Here is a link to my post: [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum15/HTML/000667.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum15/HTML/000667.html[/url]

Also, on the snack forum you can see the cake I made for my son. It turned out great and I can't tell you how happy I was for him to have a "normal" cake. The thread was "My son's Wilton birthday cake". Just fyi for your future cakes.[/b]

Thanks so much. We'll go ahead and get these. I didn't go to the link because I was thinking overall "Wilton's=unsafe" (even though I trust the stock that I have on hand now). That's funny how our minds work.

On Jan 5, 2007

cathy-- i got in a huge debate over cool whip a few months ago with a cupple of the mothers in my sons play group. they just didnt beleive me when i told them that cool whip had dairy in it!! i even told them about casien and they didnt beleive me.

teaching people about allergies is very frustrating some times!!!

cgroth--- keep your chin up!! my son is allergic to dairy, peanuts, strawberries and blueberries. parties gets easier. oh a hint for the future , bring your own cup cakes to parties for your child to eat, i learned that the hard way!!! and if you keep doing what you are doing all will be fine!!! happy birthday to your little one!

erin

On Jan 5, 2007

The problem is that Cool-Whip is "non-dairy whipped topping." They cannot call themselves whipped cream, since it is not whipped cream, so many years ago they came up with the non-dairy whipped topping label. However that is misleading because it has dairy products in it. But people who don't deal with allergies think "non-dairy" means that there is no milk, so it's safe. I wish the FDA would make them change. How about just "whipped topping?"

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