Cupcake mix/frosting?

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 9:37am
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My birthday is coming up and I'd like to make my family cupcakes. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to freeze some to have for when my son goes to birthday parties. He is 2 and has a severe peanut allergy - we've also been instructed to avoid all tree nuts.

Does anyone know of a safe brand of cupcake/cake mix? What about frosting? If you suggest making frosting, could you give me your recipe or direct me on where to find it online? I should add I am a terrible cook and baker! Thanks for your help!

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2010 - 5:47pm
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I recently made this buttercream frosting recipe and it was awesome.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quick-and-Almost-Professional-Buttercream-Icing/Detail.aspx
For the cupcakes I used a cookbook I have, but I'm sure Allrecipes.com would have cupcake recipes as well. I love that sight b/c you can read all the reviews and see how people really liked it.
One thing to keep in mind when baking if you are newly diagnosed....make sure your ingredients and beater/pans etc haven't already been contaminated prior to your "peanut free" world. We made that mistake in the beginning.

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 1:36am
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Hello!
I'm not sure how other families feel about this, but we have used Pillsbury successfully. My kids like the Funfetti the best. I always check the labels and have called the company on more than one occasion. I was told that the mixes that come from the Orrville, OH plant are safe. I have not seen any varieties of brownies or cake mixes that contain nuts either. We live in central NY.
I haven't called in probably 6 months, so if you want to call them first? Sometimes I just like a quick box mix, and that is what I've used. Some people on the forum have posted about Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines--that their kids have had reactions to them, so I stay away from those. We've never had a problem with Pillsbury--anyone else have problems? We will also freeze some for school this year so my son can have a treat on birthdays.
I haven't had much sleep this week so I hope my post makes sense???? Sorry if it's confusing at all....???
Good luck!!

Posted on: Fri, 07/23/2010 - 11:43pm
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We use Betty Crocker exclusively and haven't had an issue (peanut and tree nut here) but YMMV (your mileage may vary). I believe many of the Dunkin Hines varieties have a peanut or tree nut warning on it (made in a facility etc.) so I stayed away from that brand and stuck with BC. I think we used Pillsbury once and that was fine for us as well.
This chocolate cake recipe is amazing. My friend does cupcakes and bakes it for 30 minutes. http://www.bestmoistchocolatecakerecipe.com/
Also the Domino Powdered/Confectioner's Sugar has a buttercream recipe on the back of the bag. I thought it was a bit dry but perhaps I didn't make it properly.
I second what cervonil said. Wooden spoons especially can be a culprit of cross contamination b/c they are hard to get clean and are porous.
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/2010 - 12:15am
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My advice is to call the company directly to find out their allergen policy. I find I get conflicting information myself. And you really need to keep asking "do you label may contain REGARDLESS if you clean in between lines. Many companies will not label if made on shared lines b/c they clean it. That is not good enough for me, and they dance around answering that question a lot of the times.
General Mills owns Betty Crocker and Pillsbury. I called in June and was told they do list for "May contains" and "made on shared lines".
Duncan Heinz on the other hand told me this:
We make every attempt to schedule production of allergen containing items at the end of a full run cycle leading into a down weekend sanitation. If an allergen changeover occurs during a run cycle, there is a lengthy (approximately 8 hours) allergen clean required prior to restart.
After any allergen run and subsequent allergen cleaning the system is thoroughly inspected for visual clean, and visual clean is dually validated by swabbing equipment throughout the processing system using allergen technology which is a highly technical process capable of detecting residuals.
?We have started to include on our packaging if there is a chance of cross contamination with any top allergen.

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/2010 - 3:52am
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We've used Betty Crocker with out any problems. Stay away from Dunkin Hines! You can also find some easy "from scratch" reciepes and make them your self. I know the Fannie Farm Cookbook has some great ones in it.
Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/2010 - 6:10am
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Thank you all SO much for your advice and suggestions. I think I will call a couple of the companies you all recommended (just to feel a bit safer) and then go from there. Again, really appreciate your help!

Posted on: Sat, 07/24/2010 - 6:23am
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I thought of another option Cherrybook Kitchens has a mix that is peanut and tree nut free. I've had it before and it is very tasty but it is more expensive than your average cake mix. They also have frosting.
Quite a few mainstream supermarkets do carry it. It's a nice option as well.
http://www.cherrybrookkitchen.com/products/index.php
Here is the allergy info on cherrybrook:
http://www.cherrybrookkitchen.com/products/AllergenStatement.php

Posted on: Wed, 08/18/2010 - 3:33pm
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I have used Betty Crocker White and Yellow Cake Mixes, with their whipped frosting. My daughter hasn't had any problems. It keeps me a little more sane to have a quick option, rather than making everything from scratch!

Posted on: Fri, 09/03/2010 - 10:54am
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We use both Betty Crocker and Pillsbury without any problems. I agree with those above that Duncan Hines should be avoided. I haven't found any mixes that don't either say "may contain" or processed in a facility.... Cherrybrook Kitchen mixes are also very good. My daughter really likes them.

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