Cake and food with a nut allergy?

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You need to contact your local bakeries and see if they can accomodate your allergies. The same for caterers. A city of 100,000 is not exactly a podunk town. There should be a couple of options available for you if you sniff them out.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

I have a tree-nut allergy. If you look at the paperwork my bakery has, it is hilarious! Our consultant has written in huge red letters EVERYWHERE that I have a tree-nut allergy.

My bakery is sectioning off part of the kitchen and assigning specific tools that can be used for my cake only. The entire facility is not nut-free, but the area where my cake is being made and decorated will be cleaned and kept nut-free during the duration of them creating the cake.

Perhaps you could suggest that to your friend who owns the bakery. Our bakery didn’t think twice about doing it and they were the ones who suggested it to us.

Good luck and stay safe!! Congratulations!

Post # 4
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My brother has a very severe peanut allergy. Big chain bakeries can’t accomodate for him (they all put “may contain peanuts” or “manufactred in a facility that also processes peanuts”…he cant have any sort of cross contaimination), but local bakeries have always been more than accomodating and extrememly helpful. Does the tree nut aspect add a lot to the picture?

Is it just that you can’t have peanuts and tree nuts, or can there be no cross contaimination?

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I have a gluten allergy as well as other food allergies (crab, walnuts, the list goes on and on) and we had no problem with the food for our wedding. It seems odd to me that your baker can handle a gluten allergy but not a nut allergy. Our entire wedding cake was made according to my allergies as well as my plate of food, but we had “regular” food for everyone else, and our dessert bar was not allergy-friendly either. I would continue to call around to other bakeries (maybe in other towns as well?) to see what they can do. One thing I wouldn’t negotiate on was food so I understand your frustration. Good luck, my dear. 

Post # 6
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242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate

surlygirl:  How severe is your allergy?  I ask because I also have a tree nut allergy, but it is not severe and I don’t really need to avoid cross contamination.  Things that say, “processed in a facility that also processes tree nuts” are actually safe enough for me to eat.  I just can’t eat anything with tree nuts actually in it as an ingredient.

If you are the same, I would guess many bakeries could accomodate you but just not using nuts / peanuts.

Like pp have said, they should be able to set up a “nut-free zone” to bake your cake.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

Do you have any baker friends/family? What about someone smaller that just makes cakes as a side business? I feel like local small places are going to be your best bet. I have some severe difficult to manage food allergies (corn, oats, ect) and ended up deciding to have my mom make my cake and actually all the food. She’s a pastry chef so I lucked out, but it was the only way I felt safe. I feel like cross contamination will be a huge concern in any halfway decent sized bakery because of the number of cakes they are trying to make. 

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