Safe Cake Flavorings?

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 6:26am
robyn's picture
Joined: 07/15/2008 - 02:54

Does anyone know of a safe cake flavoring? I'm taking a cake decorating class so my PA son can have a nice cake. Everyone else is using these fancy cake flavorings and, of course, I've discovered they are not safe. These aren't necessary for a great cake but it would be nice to have some options. Anyone have a brand or variety they trust?

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 8:40am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Do you mean frosting flavor? Or cake flavors?

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 10:18am
robyn's picture
Joined: 07/15/2008 - 02:54

I mean the little bottles of concentrated flavoring you can buy in cake stores (or other places I am sure) that you can add to either cakes or frostings. Sorry I didn't make that clear in my original question!

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 11:01am
DinaT's picture
Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

Try [url=""]Lorann oils[/url] -- you may want to call them since It's been a while since I've contacted them, but from what I remember, their oils are nut free (all flavors are chemically derived). I've used many of their flavors in making chocolates, and never encountered a problem.
I noticed that you live in Michigan -- I believe that they still have a store front in Lansing.

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 1:44pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

It's been a few years since I contacted them (Lorann) but they told me that their products were not safe.

Posted on: Sat, 09/13/2008 - 12:41am
DinaT's picture
Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

You may want to contact them again...I'd be curious as to what other people find out. In March of 2008, they sent me files for each flavor I was interested in purchasing, a grid complete with the top 8, as well as sensitizing agents, latex, seeds, etc. -- all of which the oils were free from.

Posted on: Sat, 09/13/2008 - 11:57am
robyn's picture
Joined: 07/15/2008 - 02:54

Thanks DinaT. I will contact them. I noticed they have a PB oil so that always freaks me out a little but I'll see what they say. I'd probably buy online as Lansing is a bit of a drive for me. I'm actually pretty close to Novi, I'm in Waterford.
I'm just curious which ones you purchased. Were you happy with them? What did you use them in? I've never used these. I'm such an amateur when it comes to baking!
Thanks for all of your help!!

Posted on: Sun, 09/14/2008 - 12:53am
DinaT's picture
Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

Robyn --
I see they do sell peanut butter flavoring, but from what I understand, it is a chemically derived flavoring. A few links touching upon how artificial flavors are derived:
[url=""]Flavor: wikipedia[/url]
[url=""]How Do Artifical Flavors Work?[/url]
Because these are proprietary compounds, they can't tell you what's in them specifically, just what's not (you'd probably have to be a chemist to understand the formulations, anyways)
Anyhow, after you contact them, please post what you find out.
I purchased the Cool creme dementhe and Orange Brandy Flavor for Chocolate and the strawberry, cherry, coffee, and peppermint oils. I'm an amateur chocolatier -- I've used them mostly for truffles -- to flavor the ganache (since most recipes call for alcohol, which I can't give to my 4 year old -- I'll sub with flavoring) or I've had great success using the mint and cherry to flavor chocolates (after melting, but before tempering). If I'm making a celebration cake, I like to decorate with a Swiss meringue buttercream, and I've added a few drops of the oils to flavor the buttercream. I prefer to use real fruits and fruit purees to add color and flavor to my candies and cakes, but I've just started to play around with these artificial flavors.

Posted on: Sun, 09/14/2008 - 11:27am
robyn's picture
Joined: 07/15/2008 - 02:54

Awesome DinaT!! I hadn't thought about them being an artifical flavor from chemicals. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't like that but in an occasional special cake, I think it would be fine. I will contact them this week and post their reply if they give me one.
Thanks again!!
P.S. You sound really talented. Here I am trying to bake a simple cake and you're doing fancy candies for your PA kid!! After mastering cakes, I thought about taking a candy class. Now you've really inspired me!!

Posted on: Sun, 09/14/2008 - 9:52pm
momto4boys's picture
Joined: 06/06/2007 - 09:00

Another Michigan reply....I have also used the LorAnn oils, although not since we found out about ds's PA. (not because I thought they were unsafe, I just have not had much time to do chocolates) I used them to flavor chocolates (gifts for the holidays). My DS with PA is also allergic to dairy so he doesn't eat much chocolate and I have not been able to find a dairy free melting chocolate. I never thought of using them to flavor cake batter, but that is a great idea. I am always looking for ways to make unique cupcakes for ds that he likes and are not always the same.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2008 - 11:48am
Mom2angels's picture
Joined: 02/07/2008 - 20:14

I'm so glad I saw this on here! I'm getting ready for my DD's (PA) 3rd birthday. I will be making the cake and have been trying to find some safe flavors as well. I called Wilton today and they informed me that the butter cream flavor that I have is "processed in a facility that uses peanuts/tn's". The melting chocolates that I have (but are unopened) say that they "may contain milk", but say NOTHING about peanuts. When I called them today, they told me those were also "processed in a facility...". So, where does this leave me? I realize that I could use real butter, but it will cause the icing to be an off-white color. I checked out that LorAnn link and it sounds pretty good----has anyone called them recently to see if they are 100% safe? Also, does anyone know if Wilton's icing coloring is safe? Thanks for any input.


Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by Antoniouvb Tue, 01/28/2020 - 1:00am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by lexy Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:21am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:15am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:11am
Comments: 5
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:03am
Comments: 10
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:52am
Comments: 2

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Are you craving cake? Perhaps there's an upcoming birthday...

Those with severe peanut allergies often find that they are unable to enjoy dessert, since there's...

Cakes are a central part of many celebrations, from kids' birthdays to weddings. For those with severe ...

Most elementary school teachers take a mid-morning break to allow their students to refuel with a snack. If it's your turn to bring a snack for...

For those with peanut allergies, baked goods present a serious risk. Many baked goods do not appear to contain peanuts, yet were baked in a...

Do you have a child with peanut allergies and an upcoming birthday? Perhaps you'd like to bake a...

Those who have peanut allergies know to avoid peanut butter cookies, of course – but what about other...

In the United States, there are no lines of ice cream that are dedicated to being nut-free....

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

What can you eat if you can't eat peanut butter? Fortunately for people with a peanut allergy, there...

If you’ve recently discovered a peanut allergy in your family, you may be wondering what on earth you are going to replace those peanut butter and...

If you find frequent allergy-related food recalls upsetting you are not alone, but a new federal rule may help reduce the cross-contamination...

Recent UK studies revealing the benefit of giving peanut protein to infants at risk for peanut allergy have left some mothers feeling guilty. The...

Peanuts are classified as legumes, as are chickpeas. Does this mean a child with a peanut allergy needs to avoid eating chickpeas? As with many...

Parents of kids with peanut allergy and adults with a peanut allergy may worry about allergen exposure from surfaces not cleaned after peanut...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

It may seem a contradiction when doctors claim reactions owed to airborne peanut protein are rare, yet you read multiple online stories of kids...

Nearly 25 percent of children with a peanut allergy will outgrow it. However, there is a small risk...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

If you have a peanut allergy, you are probably accustomed to reading labels and scanning for warnings...