This spring, four children have died from anaphylaxis, and of those four, three had peanut allergies, like my son, who is also allergic to cashews and chickpeas. In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week 2013, I’m posting pictures of my children’s nut allergy friendly birthday cakes.
If you remember from my list of nut allergy rules, we avoid desserts and bakery food at all costs, because nuts are so common in baked goods.
After our son was diagnosed with nut allergies, I realized that I would have no choice but to learn to bake and decorate cakes, a task I usually leave to my mom and sister, who are excellent at it. But they live five hours away, and since I can’t rely on bakery cakes as an option, my mom and sister have started teaching me how to decorate cakes. I really think people go a little bit overboard with the fancy cakes these days, so even though I usually try to keep things simple, I can’t help but be a little jealous when I see the fancy cakes people purchase from bakeries. My children will never have bakery cakes, because of my toddler’s nut allergies. But since I’m learning how to do them myself, maybe they can have fun cakes anyway, even if they’re not professional quality. This week, I’ll share my cakes with you.
The CARS Cake
Step 2: Get realistic about your cake decorating skills. I stink at piping frosting. I know this. And I have no idea how to create large objects out of fondant or modeling chocolate. So I skipped any ideas that would require extensive use of those skills. I also purchased a safe box mix, like Betty Crocker, for my cake. I knew better than to attempt a homemade cake when I had so much decorating to do.
Do you make your own cakes for your children? Have you attempted fondant at home before?