Post # 1
So my wedding is coming up soon and my sister (and MOH) was asking about the cake. I told her that we ordered two flavors: one is almond cake with hazelnut filling (yum!) and the other is chocolate cake with rasberry filling (yum!). Then she asked me if I was going to put a little note by the cake letting everyone know that the cake had nuts. I hadn’t even thought of doing that! What do you guys think? Is that necessary? I don’t know every single person coming, but I know most of them and nobody (that I know of) has nut allergies. Could I disguise it by just putting a little note next to the cake letting people know what both of the flavors are? Should I not do anything? Am I totally overthinking it???
Post # 3
People with severe allergies are paranoid. I only know this because my mom has a food allergy where she could die if she eats that food. She asks about any questionable foods. I say, don’t worry about it, or put up the different flavors in cute signs. People with allergies have learned to look out for questionable foods when they go out.
Post # 4
I agree with PP. Anyone with a severe allergy will ask, or just avoid it all together.
Post # 5
I’m in the same boat. One of my cake flavors is ammeretto. I made a little sign that looks like a cake and wrote out the cake flavors.
Post # 6
I kinda think you have to mention it. If someone with a peanut allergy has any of your cake (even the chocolate if both flavors are combined into one cake) they could actually die or go into anaphylactic shock. I don’t think you want either of those things to happen at your wedding.
By any chance are you having menus? We printed our cake description right on there so that every table knew what we were offering.
ETA: And by “mention it” I mean just the cake flavors. While you can notate that the cake contains nuts, just stating “almond cake” would more than suffice.
Post # 7
I won’t die from my food allergies (in the short-term); but I agree about the paranoia.
Is there anyone you could ask who might know the potential nut allergies of those you don’t? And honestly, I wouldn;t make a sign.
Our cake will be gluten-free, for myself & my extended family. We’ll probably include a small mention about it on the program cards we’re planning at the recepion; because it will have our whole menu listed on there too.
Are you have menu/reception programs? You could do the same.
Post # 8
I think if you have anything indicating the flavors, people will figure it out. Nut allergies are far more common in children, though, and parents usually think to ask.
Post # 9
@UpstateCait: *laughs* you beat me to it. It’s great to hear the menu cards worked out well!
Post # 10
I wouldn’t put a sign that says this contains nuts, but either by the cake or on your menu I would post what cake flavors you’re having.
But everyone I know with a food allergy is always paranoid and always asks, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Post # 11
I am one of those people who can not eat nuts. I would wait for someone to try a piece and ask them if there were any nuts in it.
Post # 12
I have a nut allergy, and if anything looks remotely unsafe, I ask. But I like the menu card idea, or of a card saying what the flavor is.
Post # 13
I have a food allergy that it is uncommon. It is never listed so I have to ask all the time what is in food. I think most people with food allergies are not afraid to ask, and be won’t eat it if they are unsure. I would rather starve until I go home then eat and get sick. And because most nut allergies are life treating they would probably just go without. We had a gluten free cake for our Girlfriend friends and I thought about making signs but in the end they looked out of place so I just to put them. However, word spread I think one of my cousins stood there to help guest with cake and asked if anyone wanted Girlfriend. Just have someone who knows whoever that may be. If you are catering tell them this cake has nuts etc. so when people ask someone knows what is going on.
Post # 14
I think a cute sign for each cake flavor would be appreciated/helpful for guests with and without allergies.
Post # 15
I agree with those who suggested a sign by the cake. Let’s people with allergies know and also lets people decide which cake flavor they may prefer to eat. We are putting our cake flavors (one flavor for each tier, 4 total) on our menu cards.
Post # 16
As someone with a rare food allergy (and the accompanying paranoia), I think that listing flavors or allergens is nice but not necessary.
An alternative is having the ingredient label or list of ingredients in an accessible place so that if someone wants to know they can ask. Our catering hall puts something like “Please speak to the matire’d regarding any special concerns” at the bottom of the menu. As an allergic guest, that’d be my cue to ask him if any of my allergens were in the meal/cake.