Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2000 - 8:04am
tynebaby's picture
Joined: 01/02/2000 - 09:00

Joanne, you mentioned that your son has an egg free, peanut free cupcake at parties. I have been looking for a recipe for a cupcake that is egg and peanut free. May I please have your recipe or if it is store bought may I have the name of it. Thank you. You would be a great help. We are now approaching two years old and birthday parties are now becoming an issue. I have been unable to find a recipe that works well for me. thanks again.

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 10:17am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Chocolate Cake:
Melt 1/2 cup butter. Then add 2 tsp white vinegar, 2 tsp vanilla, and 2 cups water. Set aside.
In large bowl stir together 3 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 6 tablespoons cocoa, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt. Then pour in the butter mixture and stir until smooth.
To make as cake, put in greased, floured cake pan (2 8 inch pans or 1 13x9 pan) and bake about 25-30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack and remove from pan.
To make as cupcakes, put into cupcake pans and bake about 15-20 minutes. You'll get between 24-30 cupcakes.
I also have this recipe for applesauce cake:
Cream 1/2 cup canola oil with 3/4 cup brown sugar. Mix in 1 cup applesauce and 1 tsp. baking soda. Then mix in 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 tsp cinammon, blending thoroughly.
Put in greased and floured 8 inch cake pan and bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees. You can easily double this recipe or make cupcakes.
These 2 recipes have been quite reliable for us. They rise well and hold together well, and most importantly, everyone loves them.
Good luck!

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2000 - 11:36pm
tynebaby's picture
Joined: 01/02/2000 - 09:00

Thank you so much!! i really appreciate it!
I have one last question for you. What kind of cocoa do you use that is safe for you pa child? Thank you!

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 8:30am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

We've been using Hershey's cocoa with no problem for years. I believe it is manufactured in a facility that has peanuts/nuts but that the cocoa is manufactured on a separate line/area. You may wish to check it our yourself. Good luck!

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2000 - 3:01am
dit's picture
Joined: 03/19/2000 - 09:00

I get out my basic betty crocker cook book and bake up a strom, simply by substituting
1 1/2 tablespoons of oil and water and 1 tsp of baking powder (the one that comes in a can) for each egg. FAN suggests if trying to replace more than two eggs it may not work. We mix these things together in a cup and they become thick and sticky like an egg.
I make cookies, muffins, pancakes, waffles, cup cakes, cakes, doughnuts.... It's been 2 years since I've eaten anything with real egg. We also trust Hershey cocoa powder.
Happy baking

Posted on: Sat, 10/13/2001 - 1:01pm
doreen's picture
Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

My husband and I agreed we would leave, but of course there has been cases since where we haven't. I guess it will depend on the occasion. I mean we do have to live our lives. We were at a "party" so to speak (gathering) after his mother's funeral last week and there were SO many bakery products with and without nuts. We stayed of course. Luckily she napped most of the time when people were eating even though the desserts were still out.

Posted on: Sat, 10/13/2001 - 1:13pm
quilterkel's picture
Joined: 09/23/2001 - 09:00

As for the party thing.....we always show up with a "goody bag" for our son. Brownies I have made at home and his old stand by Mac & cheese. My MIL still insists on having wine and cheese and nuts out at every gathering. But our sone knows he has to eat what we bring and he has never questioned that. He is only 5 and pretty stubborn at times and has never given us a hard time about this.

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 2:52am
julieb's picture
Joined: 07/21/2001 - 09:00

I bring my son's entire meal whenever we go to parties, unless the party is at a relative's house and I know I can trust them to cook something simple like chicken. But, I bring any baked goods because not even the relatives have the special ingredients needed (my son has multiple food allergies).
When we go to friends' parties, they already know about my son's allergies and they have always been wonderful about making sure that there are no peanut products served. I feel lucky to have friends like that.
On one occassion, we were invited to a neighbor's party where it was potluck. I still brought my son's food and three weeks before the party, I politely explained to the hostess about my son's allergy. I asked if she would please not serve any peanuts or M&M/peanut M&M's and I explained why. I also requested that if anyone asked what they could bring to the potluck, would she please explain my son's peanut allergy so that that guest would know and hopefully not make an item with peanuts? She was very nice about the matter. Since not everyone called to say what they were bringing, she set up the dessert area upstairs away from where the main party was so that my son wouldn't accidentally get into anything. I've found that sometimes people are very nice about my requests and sometimes snotty. Indeed, the hostess had no problem with my request -- another neighbor though was indignant that I would even ask the hostess what I did.
So when it comes to parties, I think a lot has to do with your comfort level in being able to discuss the matter (hopefully ahead of time) with the host/hostess if you feel you can. At least, that's been my take on parties. Hope this helped. Warmly, Julie B.

Posted on: Mon, 10/15/2001 - 7:56am
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

We consider ourselves extremely cautious when it comes to peanuts. That is, Lauren eats absolutely nothing that has any remote chance of having come in contact with peanuts. When it comes to parties, if there are "may contain" items at the party, we let her stay but let let her know that under no uncertain terms that she is allowed to eat that item. We feel that the chances of a "may contain" item (say, may contain peanut fragment) eaten by someone else has only an extremely remote chance of causing her a reaction. However, we do not stay if there are actual peanut items served.

Posted on: Thu, 11/06/2014 - 4:04am's picture
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Question of the Week: Answered!
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Our Answer:
Thanks for writing in to us! Parties can be both fun and scary places for kids with food allergies, but keeping them safe is a top priority.
Contacting the parents who are hosting the party may be a useful solution. Simply explain the situation and ask them to keep an eye out for allergens. They may be able to provide you with contact information for the catering company, who can let you know in advance which foods are safe. Their website may even provide ingredients and information about cross-contamination.
Educating your son on what choices to definitely avoid, which ones are potentially unsafe, and which are good for him to choose is key. He will be making these judgments more and more as he gets older, and teaching him to be his own advocate can save you a lot of stress. Give him a list of safe products, for example, Jolly Ranchers and Tootsie Rolls are safe candies and Honey Maid Graham Crackers or Cheeze-Its are safe for snacking at parties. Here's a few to think about.
There are many options for handling an allergic reaction if one does occur. A quick chat with a supervising parent and with your son on how to treat a reaction. Any of these options may be better or worse for your child, depending on the situation. Take a look at the options.
In case you’re wondering about how to approach other parents, here’s more information. Education is so important, but it can be frustrating if others aren’t always receptive. Don’t shy away from defending your child’s rights and safety!
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Posted on: Sun, 11/09/2014 - 7:15am
mom1995's picture
Joined: 11/09/2004 - 09:00

Never under estimate reaching out to the parents of where your child is going. I always made sure they understood the importance and simplicity of keeping my dd safe. By now I am sure your son has friends that look out for him. Dd had to have a buddy that we would ensure knew how and wanted to stick that epi pen if needed. The thought being if they are ready for that then they will also look out for her. She never had an issue and she attended many functions even sleep overs. There were a couple of events she was not invited to because a parent did not grasp or care enough to make it safe for her. We always looked at those as their loss not ours. At 12 it is time for self management and empowering to do what is required to be safe. Dd found a voice about that age to say no to an adult if her life was in danger. That has served her well. Off to college now and all the adventures the adult world can bring. There will always be what if's just have back up plans and you will never need them.

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