Monday, November 15, 2010

Allergy-Free Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes!

by Kelley Lindberg

My son, the human whirlwind, just celebrated his birthday again. How he keeps getting so big while I stay so young is beyond me (although watching 17 kids race around Classic Fun Center skating, going wild on the bouncies, and shooting each other with laser tag aged me a few decades, I think). Anyway, he had a blast with all his best buddies.

Because my son and his best friend have food allergies, we’ve always had to make their birthday cakes and cupcakes. No adorable store-bought cakes for us, unfortunately. So over the years, some other moms and I have found some safe cake recipes, and I’ve often used Cherrybrook Kitchen’s yummy safe cake mixes. So out of necessity, I’ve learned how to make birthday cakes shaped like a skateboard, a jet plane, a space shuttle, a swimming pool, Pikachu, a Power Ranger, and Lego bricks. (Thank goodness for the internet and creative people – I can usually find simple instructions for making fun cakes online!) This year, he wanted cupcakes decorated to look like Pokéballs. (For those of you without pre-teen boys, those are balls that contain Pokémon critters when they aren’t battling each other or having adventures.)

A couple of months ago, a friend discovered that Duncan Hines now makes a few cake mixes without milk or eggs in them – just wheat. So I decided to give them a try. My son wanted the lemon cake and the red velvet cake flavors, so that’s what we bought.

Each mix calls for 3 eggs, so instead of the eggs, I substituted Ener-G egg replacer, and I had to add 1/4 cup flour to each because of the high altitude here, but they turned out great! The red velvet cake was a bit crumbly, but both cakes mixes turned out well, and I was able to frost them with Pillsbury Creamy Supreme frosting (contains soy) without any trouble. I used colored sprinkles for the colored half of the Pokéballs, Wilton’s Black Decorator Icing for the black lines (contains soy and wheat), and Smarties for the buttons. Voila! Mucho “cool mom” points.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to make your next birthday cake or cupcake, you might give those Duncan Hines cake mixes a try. These are the Duncan Hines cake flavors {} that their web site says contain only wheat (but check labels carefully – ingredients can change at any time):
  • Butter Recipe Golden Cake Mix
  • Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • Spice Premium Cake Mix
  • Butter Recipe Fudge Cake Mix
  • Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
  • Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix (contains soy and wheat)
Happy baking!



Allergy Mum said...

My son has food allergies also so we always make his birthday cakes as well. Homemade cakes always taste better and will be a special memory for them forever. Great job on the Pokéballs.
Allergy Mum -

Kelley J. P. Lindberg said...

Thanks, Allergy Mum!

foodallergymom said...

This is a great option. My last birthday cake was a bomb! A humorous one, but not edible. Looking forward to trying these out.