It has been almost two months since E’s 6th birthday and she knew she wanted a “store bought” cake. Not “mommy made.” It had to be “Frozen” themed and as her RSVP list grew the prospective cake did as well. I had been watching with fascination the updates on twitter and facebook of Penny Redlin, owner of Dreamy Desserts (a nut free online bakery based in Las Vegas), and knew that the nut free made to order bakery was my “store bought” solution.
Penny was incredibly friendly and helpful with the process. Given her time limitations she fills up reservation spots on her calendar and as your date nears you can get in touch and firm up what you’d like. I actually shipped (via Amazon Prime) cake toppers directly to Penny to make the process that much easier. Advance ordering isn’t just for cakes but for other treats like cookies or parfaits as well.
Dreamy Desserts is Las Vegas based so if you’re traveling to town for an event you can order in advance and even pay to have your order delivered if you are within a certain range. I sprang for delivery because I had no idea how to transport E’s cake. The best part of doing business with a fellow food allergy parent is that you can ask all kinds of questions and never feel silly – there’s a detailed answer in response and even frank discussion of kitchen practices for those allergens that are off the beaten path (oat and sesame for us on top of peanut and tree nut). Dreamy Desserts can make vegan cakes as well, which we debated to be more inclusive of E’s dear friend K but after consulting with K’s mother she was going to make her own matching cupcakes (see, I’m not the only one!) for the party.
More about Dreamy Desserts:
Dreamy Desserts was created for anyone looking for nut free treats. Sadly, my son can not have peanuts or tree nuts. As it turns out, I have over 20 years of baking experience, so I decided to offer nut free baked goods to others with a similar need.
We are an online bakery based in Las Vegas, NV. We can deliver any of our nut-free treats within the Las Vegas area!
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask, we may be able to accommodate
(as long it doesn’t have nuts!)
(source: Dreamy Desserts).
I should stop rambling and offer the big reveal – the look on her face made it so worth it. E’s 6th birthday “Frozen” cake…
The snowflakes were a mix of sugar (the smaller ones) while the larger details were a vegan fondant. The frosting sparkled and the cake was white with strawberry preserves.
E was delighted, as was I. Penny didn’t ask me to write about this but I kept meaning to highlight how wonderful she is to put so much love and care into making special treats for those that live with food allergies. By the way, Dreamy Desserts’ Facebook page is really close to breaking 20,000 likes so if you’d like to see other delicious options as photos are posted, head on over!
Also at E’s birthday was my friend Pamela Sundlie, owner of Magic Wand Face Painting, who did a fantastic job with face painting and glitter tattoos for the kids. Best of all, she had her ingredient sheets with her (and we’d gone over them in advance of course) so there were only adorably painted faces and no itchy cheeks. I love that we can support the creativity of our local friends while also having a great time. This was E’s first solo party since before R was born (we’ve been doing joint parties) so I wanted it to be special – I warned her that I can’t really top her 6th party until perhaps her wedding day. She seemed okay with that.