Safe Cake Flavorings?

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 6:26am
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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
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Do you mean frosting flavor? Or cake flavors?

Posted on: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 10:18am
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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
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Try [url="https://www.lorannoils.com/c-6-super-strength-flavors-candy-oils.aspx"]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
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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
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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
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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
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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="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavour"]Flavor: wikipedia[/url]
[url="http://science.howstuffworks.com/question391.htm"]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
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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
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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
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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.

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