Coping with Food Allergies: Egg and Milk Free Cake Recipe (Guest Post)

April 6, 2011


My friend Kristen discovered that her twins were allergic to both eggs and milk products. I sympathized with her when she would tell me the stories about how hard it was. But I never truly understood until I threw my first party that they were invited to when the kids were older. I was going to try to make several things that didn’t have eggs or milk and then I realized….it seemed like everything has eggs and milk in it! I’ve asked Kristen to do a guest posting series for me once a month, sharing tidbits of her story and some recipes that she’s found that not only work well, but taste good. Take it away Kristen…..

Hi, my name is Kristen and I am the mother of 3 beautiful children–twins Jimmy & Serafina whom just turned 5, and Chloe is almost 3. They are the joys of my life and all 3 have multiple food allergies. Imagine my surprise when it came time to introduce solid foods to my babies and found out they had so many food allergies and restrictions! It turned out that the twins were severely allergic to Milk & Eggs, Fish and Soy were also positive, and the Allergist said not to give them Shellfish, Nuts or Tree nuts either until they turned 3 yrs old. (Chloe is following in her big brother and sister’s footsteps.) I was in complete shock, and panic… What in the world was I going to feed my children?? How was I going to keep them safe from having an anaphylactic reaction? The Allergist did not give me any other advice besides don’t let them eat or come in contact with any of those foods. Oh, and here’s an EpiPen Jr.

I love to bake but I was not prepared to tackle this challenge. And this news pretty much meant we couldn’t go out to eat at restaurants–at least not for a long while. Luckily I found an amazing Pediatric Nutritionist (through the Early Intervention program Child & Family Connections) who helped us so much. She came to the house and helped with new recipes to try while also making sure they were growing and gaining weight. I am forever grateful for her help. She gave me the strength and knowledge to take charge of my children’s special diet with confidence.

When it came time to celebrate birthdays, store bought cake was out of the question as it always has egg in the recipe. So the first time we went to a friend’s birthday party I felt badly because I knew my children really couldn’t eat most of the goodies. But what I decided to do was bake some cupcakes and special goodies to bring so they did not feel left out and the hostess did not have to worry about accommodating their allergies. I did find some acceptable recipes on the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network site, and I experimented with my own recipes too. Turns out most of our friends really like the milk and egg free versions of our homemade creations!

A couple of years ago, my Mom found this Crazy Cake recipe in a newspaper article… Hallelujah!! Finally, a milk and egg free cake that is soooo chocolatey and delicious! This is the only cake my kids ask for now for their birthday. I hope you try it….. my children know you will like it!

Crazy Cake

1 ½ Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup sugar
1/3 unsweetened cocoa powder (I like using Penzey’s Dutch Process Cocoa)
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 Cup cold water
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 Tbs distilled white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla (Use a really good one like Penzey’s Mexican vanilla. It won’t taste very good if you use imitation vanilla. Can you tell I like Penzeys ?)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place first 5 ingredients in square 8 x 8 x 2” non-stick metal pan.

Combine 1 cup cold water, oil, vinegar and vanilla in large glass measuring cup.

Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a fork to stir until smooth.

Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

If you don’t want to serve the cake right out of the pan, be sure to grease and dust with cocoa powder your pan of choice and mix your ingredients in a separate bowl. I like to do it this way and
use a whisk instead.

After baking, let cool in the pan at least 20 min. before flipping it out onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely

If making cupcakes, line cupcake pan with cupcake papers and bake approximately 24 minutes. Makes 12 cupcakes. Cupcakes freeze well. Double the recipe to make a double layer cake. Can be made 1 day ahead. We like to sprinkle powdered sugar on top or use store bought milk free frosting. Enjoy!

A special thank-you to Kristen for sharing her stories and recipes with us. Look for another one from her next month!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristy April 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

my youngest son is allergic to egg, soy, nut and dairy. This is the cake I bake for him. I make cupcakes and freeze them so I can bring them with us when we go to birthday parties. My oldest son who doesn’t have any food allergies will only eat these cupcakes. They are so good.

2 coupongeek April 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

When Kristen made these for a playdate, she didn’t tell us they were egg and milk free and I couldn’t believe it when she told us. They tasted fabulous!

So sorry that your son has to deal with food allergies, too!

3 Melissa April 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm

My 10 year old son is still allergic to milk. Even though it doesn’t show up on any test the doctor runs. It is actually an intolerance but medicine for lactose intolerance doesn’t work. The only thing that works is to not give him Milk/milk products. So the doctor said is considered a type of allergy. We have to keep Benadryl on hand at all times.

I have found that yes you have to read every label of everything you buy. If it says artificial or natural ingredients it usually contains milk in those. There are two cook books I have that have been helpful: THE MILK-FREE KITCHEN LIVING WELL WITHOUT DAIRY PRODUCTS BY BETH KIDDER & DIARY FREE COOKBOOK BY JANE ZUKIN.

Hope that helps anyone with milk allergies. I know it has been a struggle in our household.

4 isabela50 April 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

My son is allergic to eggs, peanuts, shrimp & soy. The good part is that he can eat eggs if they are cooked into something like cake, cookies, etc. He just can’t eat them by themselves or in potato salad or something like that. I am so glad that he’s big enough, now, to tell people what he can and can not eat. When he was small, I was always worried that someone would offer him something he was allergic to and that he would eat it.

5 coupongeek April 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Aw, Melissa, I’m so sorry for your struggles, too. I’m going to pass those book references on to Kristen. I know she’ll appreciate it!

Thank you so much for sharing the book tips and your story!

Jaycie

6 coupongeek April 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Isabela,

I’m so glad that he can tolerate cooked eggs. That has to help a little.

I felt bad one time Kristen’s kids were over for a party and I put out pretzels on a table not thinking about it. We had to go dig for the bag to check the ingredients as they ate them. Thankfully, they were an OK brand. I would have felt awful if I made them sick.

I’m hoping things get even easier for her kids, too, as they get older.

Thank you for taking time to share your story!

Jaycie

7 Anita April 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi,
As you can see from the name of my website that I like organic recipes and things of that sort would it be possible to get any recipes from you all that are organic? I like the eggless milkless recipes you have but I won’t be able to out them in my site if they do not have all organic ingredients. Any help would be appreciated , all credit will be given entirely to you. If you like the blog so far (because it still in the works) then please follow me and leave a comment with any of your suggestions, Organic recipes, organic food coupons, pest control and things of that sort.
Thanks for the help,
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8 Alison April 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

This sounds like a great recipe to keep around for those of us with no allergies because it is stuff that is always around the house too :) Thanks for sharing!

9 coupongeek April 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

I agree, Alison! I love the idea of not needing eggs to make cake.

10 laura June 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

my son is 10 months old, and we have been struggling with food allergies since birth.. he is allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.. and findin foods for him to eat is extremely hard, especially b/c his skin is so bad that they cant test for any other allergies so i try not to feed him alot of foods… but he will be a yr old soon and im havin a hard time findin somethin he can have at his party. so im gonna make this recipe and i hope he loves it, i will let you know how it goes… thanks

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