Allergen Free Birthday Cake (Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Frosting)

This is a combination of two recipes from Cybele Pascal’s Allergen Free Baker’s Handbook (amazon affiliate link) and one she posted online (previously used here).

E expressly told me for her (3rd) birthday on August 26th that she did not want cupcakes, she wanted a “real” cake.  This was my first try and it was really good!  Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

After the family birthday we headed over the Atomic #7 near the Galleria mall — they make vegan ice cream custom and with allergen free bowls (upon request).  The owner, Ginger, is so nice and will let you examine any of her ingredients.  You can make, say, a creation with just rice milk, sugar, and gluten free vanilla and they’ll use liquid nitrogen to cool the bowl as they mix (the mixers are kitchenaids).  Really awesome to see my baby girl eating a treat in an ice cream parlor.  Food is so social so I do want her to experience things like other kids.

One of the gifts she received were these story cards (amazon affiliate link) where you can make up a variety of stories using the prompts from the images on the cards.  She really loves them and is coming up with more and more original stories each time.  Only one of the cards that I can recall has a picture of a dinner with some meat in it but otherwise they are veg friendly.

I have a three year old!  She chose a dinosaur balloon as her birthday balloon.  I have to say it made me proud.  I asked her what she wished the other day when I gave her an eyelash to blow on and she said she wished the eyelash would blow away.  Sounds good.  She blew all her candles out herself, she really is growing up.

5 thoughts on “Allergen Free Birthday Cake (Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Frosting)

  1. I have been following your posts for a short time so am not aware of the total amount of food allergies in your family. Did you know that gluten free ice cream cones are available? They are made by Edward & Sons and can be purchased online and also at some natural food stores. I purchased mine at Whole Foods. 12 cones for about $4.49.

    I originally found your website when I was investigating Costco flooring (we just bought it) and was pleasantly surprised to find another “what can I eat” food challenged family.


    1. Thank you so much for commenting and reading, Ginny! It is nice to know there are other food allergy families out there but on the other hand I wish none of us had to go through it. Thank you for the tip, I will have to check those out. I recently tested the kids with coconut milk ice cream and it was safe so it would be fun for them to have cones too. One of the things we have to avoid is corn so that can be hard since most xanthan gum (a staple in gluten free foods) is not corn free. Sometimes it gets frustrating when things would be “safe” but for one little ingredient but at least we are managing the day to day as best we can. What is your family avoiding?

      Good luck with the flooring, let us know if there’s any questions we can answer, we are still loving ours but it was some work to get it in. 🙂

      Thanks again, it means a lot to connect with and hear from other people in the same boat!


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