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Free and Friendly Foods Cookie Dough Cake

Cookie Dough Cake

Just want to share a little something I’ve been working on. Once I’ve mastered it, we will offer it as a special cake at Happy Baking!

Free and Friendly Foods Cookie Dough Cake

Sorry for the blue lighting. We’ll do better next time, I promise.


Free and Friendly Foods Cookie Dough Cake

This is a new chocolate cake recipe I’ve been tinkering with. I also deviated from our regular cookie dough. As I was putting this together, it looked so cool and had told Kid Two to take a picture. Fast! He did such a great job.

Free and Friendly Foods Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Vegan Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Did you know that Earth Balance makes a vegan shortening? I didn’t. I was walking through the store looking at one thing, looked down, and the green box jumped out at me. I’m pretty sure I had never seen it before, and for those of you that know me well, you know I have a memory that won’t quit. I decided to give it a go since shortening is used a lot in commercial bakeries. I read the ingredients, and everything was safe for Kid Two. It was only when I got home however that I realized there was soy in it, which was a little bit of a bummer.

The kids and The Papa seemed to like it. For full disclosure, I used our standard vanilla frosting recipe, and exchanged one stick (8 TBSP) of dairy free butter for the shortening. The top two comments were: It’s less sweet. It’s like eating a marshmallow or a cloud. Interesting, right? Kid Two really tried to communicate with me the difference between what we normally make, and this one. He says that it’s good, but some people may feel like they may have “wanted more” from their frosting. I’m still not quite sure what he’s trying to tell me, but bless him, he tried so hard.

We had other family members try, and the best feedback I received was: it’s great with coffee, like a pastry. So, they were echoing the fact that it’s not as sweet in taste, even though it was a 1-for-1 exchange. I find this to be fascinating because as a child, there was a short time in the 5th grade when I knew I would be a scientist. OK. On to the recipe.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Low Histamine, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Flag Cake

Cranberry Orange Flag Cake Recipe

Still feeling patriotic? We are! So here’s another Independence Day idea for you, in case you don’t have any baking plans for tomorrow, but happen to have a pantry full of allergy-friendly baking supplies.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Lemon Star Cake

Lemon Stars Cake

When I made the Paleo Stars, I knew there would be some people who would simply want cake, including The Papa, Kid Two, and Kid Four. I saw this idea in the Costco Connection Magazine. Their idea was based around buying a sheet cake at Costco… not in this house. The recipe below is a modification of a white cake I’ve been secretly working on. Just between us, it turns out I’ve invented the perfect corn free cornbread. How funny/sad is that? I keep trying to tell The Papa that it’s white cake, and he’s like, nope, this is the best cornbread I’ve ever tasted.

Kid Two was a huge help putting these stars together, so hats off to him!

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free*, Nut Free*, Peanut Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Vegan

*Most major brands of whip topping contain either almond, coconut, or soy. You may need to make your own whip topping, or use a glaze. Alternatively, if you can have nuts, soak cashews for a few hours, drain them, then put them in your bender with water and sweetener of choice. This makes a lovely cream sauce. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Carrot Cake

Light Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

We met some very interesting people at the Maker Faire last month, and someone asked about carrot cake. This has been on my list of things to do for a while. What you see here is my first time making carrot cake, and according to everyone that ate it, I did a great job. I chatted with someone about “traditional” carrot cake, and there are options for raisins, currants, pineapple and more. I did a little experimenting, but we all agreed that my first version (below) was the best.

I’m told that this carrot cake is light, fluffy, just the right amount of sweet, and melt in your mouth delicious. The Papa tells me that it reminds him of something that he tried somewhere, so he could have a point of reference. He really feels that this recipe is up there with all of the pros, and better than some of the commercial options available. So, here it is. Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly, Carrot Cake. And pictures too 🙂

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free*, Nut Free*, Peanut Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Vegan

*All dairy free cream cheese options commercially available contain either major or less/common allergens. If you cannot have coconut, almond, and soy, you’ll need to use a standard vanilla frosting (which is still delicious).

05/17 Update: As some of you may know, we have a top 8 allergy free bakery here in the SF Bay Area. This is not the recipe that we use in the bakery, for those of you that may wonder why they taste different.
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Free and Friendly Foods Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake!

I was so tickled on the inside because I told the kids they were having watermelon cake for breakfast. Kid Three was MORE than happy to volunteer to help me make it, until his friend came over to play; then he was no where to be found. It was just me and Kid Two. He too thought this was the weirdest thing he had heard of, and kept trying to tell me different things about what he didn’t like about watermelon, and I had to keep saying, “you’ll see.”

After the first cookie cut of the watermelon, he finally saw the light and was excited to see how it was coming together. About half way through making this, Kid Three wandered in and said…” OHHHHHHHH. Watermelon Cake.” I cracked up. I just lost it at that point. I told him what I knew all along, and how I knew he had the wrong idea, but that I also knew they’d get it eventually. Not only did they get it, they were fighting over who got to devour the big slice after we took photos.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Legume Free, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible, Nut Free Compatible, Cane/Refined Sugar Free Compatible

For Paleo, GAPs, AIP, Nut Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free: The So Delicious whip topping is not safe for you. Make a fresh cream at home in your blender using safe ingredients.

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Hello Kitty Cake by The Allergy Chef

I Have a Confession to Make… The Cake is a Lie

OK, well not a complete lie. I feel like the incident is far enough in the past that I can come clean now. It all started with a small birthday party for Kid Four. You have to know, we do this thing where they get a party with family only (a big lunch here at the house) and then on certain years, they get to have friends over. This was one of those years. Read More

Gluten Free Vegan Captain America Cake by The Allergy Chef

Captain America “Cake”

Kid Three (low/no sugar) had a birthday! He’s really had a thing for super heroes lately, so I wanted to do something special. I decided to surprise him by making a Captain America cake. As with all things gluten free, dairy free, egg free, problems came our way. I had a grand vision in my head. I would start with our giant circle pan, and make lots of smaller cakes too. I’d then stack them and carve them to make it look like a realistic shield. Enter problem one. We couldn’t release the cake from the pan, even though we used parchment and non-stick spray. As you can see in exhibit a, it was total crumbles. Read More

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