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daycare birthday cupcakes and anaphylactic kids

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#1 Bluestocking

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

There are both egg and peanut allergic kids in DS's kindy class.
The teacher has said I'm fine to bring something in as long as its free of egg and nuts.
So I'm thinking gingerbread men, which have no egg in them.
Since they are usually iced with royal icing which is mostly egg white, I thought I would ice mine with white chocolate.
Is there anyway to help the chocolate not melt once its on the gingerbread? My car can be quite warm.
Also I want to put smarties on them but they say they have been manufactured on equipment that also manufactures nuts. Too dangerous? What else could I use?

#2 ali-song

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:38 AM

I'd just make an icing by mixing icing sugar and lemon juice - it'll dry pretty hard (make sure you use icing sugar, not soft icing mixture).

#3 kez71

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

id also just make the icing with icing sugar and water or lemon juice.
you could decorate with jelly lollies, crushed up lifesavers, chocolate drops. theres a lot of choices, just check the ingredients

#4 deejie

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:56 AM

I would ask daycare to check with the parents of the anaphylactic children.

DS1 is ANA to egg and highly allergic to dairy (although getting a bit better with dairy). I don't like him eating any food made by other parents due to risk of error or cross contamination.

Some anaphylactic children do not eat products that "may contain traces" too. If the parents are happy for you to bake, best to stick to the absolute basics of icing sugar, water & juice.

#5 Banana Pancakes

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

3 of my 4 children have allergies as well

Edited by Banana Pancakes, 15 June 2014 - 02:32 PM.

#6 Scarlett O

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

DS is allergic to peanuts and cashews - we're still not sure how severe it is as the doctors didn't want to continue the testing after the initial reactions.

A couple of mums have brought cup-cakes to school and when the teacher has asked what the ingredients were, the mums said "I don't know/can't remember". And it's supposed to be a nut free school! The teacher still allowed the cakes to be given out. I was not impressed. Sometimes the teacher will give it to me at the end of the day and let me decide, which is fair enough I suppose. Other times DS has been allowed to eat it straight away.

We were looking at another school recently for DS and I noticed they didn't allow any birthday foods to be given out at school.

Sorry OP - not much help regarding your question.

ETA: It's nice that you are being considerate about it OP. Not everyone is, unfortunately.

Edited by Mamma_mia, 12 December 2012 - 12:23 PM.

#7 Fright bat

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

I'm surprised that with anaphylactic kids in the centre that they would be happy for you to bring anything home made at all. Personally I wouldn't risk it.

Either buy something with the ingredients listed, or leave a note for the parents telling them what day you will be celebrating, and they can provide their own safe food for their kids.

#8 red_squirrel

Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

It's a lovely thought that you want to bake but in this situation it would be better to buy something from the store. There are many products now that are nut and egg (and other things) free.

#9 Bluestocking

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

I did ask the teacher thinking she would say no they don't allow any food bought in. She said its fine as long as I don't use those ingredients. Even offered to provide me with egg replacer.

#10 roses99

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

I think gingerbread men - as long as you're super careful about the ingredients - would be fine.

However, I'm also surprised that they allow food from outside. Our daycare makes cakes for kids' birthdays, at the centre and based on the needs or the kids in that particular room. No food at all is allowed from home.

I'd be surprised if the parents of the ANA kids would be happy with their kids eating food prepared in someone else's kitchen. You might be super careful, but plenty of parents wouldn't be. I just don't think a parent of a non-ANA child could possibly be as vigilant as one who is.

#11 casime

Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:47 PM

I've decided not to risk attempting to cook.  Our daycare has nut and egg allergies, and there's just no way I could ever guarantee that my kitchen/cookware/etc was completely clear of those products as I use them a lot at home.  I could never live with myself if a child had any sort of reaction to something I prepared.   Our centre will do a cake for $10, and if you want to bring something in they recommend non food items such as the little individual bubble blowers, stickers or other party type favours.

#12 Bluestocking

Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Thanks everyone. After looking at my recipe and realising it does have egg in it, I've given up on that idea.

I'm thinking ice blocks now, these look good and safe. http://www.homeicecream.com/product-detail...83&cc_id=14

I hadn't even thought about residue on cooking equipment.  unsure.gif

#13 JillyJellyBean

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

Sounds terrifying to be honest. Id buy something which guarantees these products arent used.

#14 JillyJellyBean

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

Sounds terrifying to be honest. Id buy something which guarantees these products arent used.

#15 kabailz13

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

Our daycare has no ANA kids but we are still not able to bring celebration foods from outside.

We can however pay $5 and the cook will make cake for every child in the centre - works out mighty cheap and means I don't have to do it original.gif

#16 i-candi

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Wow I make a lot of cakes for work (support staff at school) and even make them gluten (and once dairy) free to cater for everyone. When it came to cook for kids in my kid's classes I wouldn't cater for allergy kids, I just bought them something they are allowed (i.e. marshmallow) with the ingredients on them.

In the weeks before the birthday I'd seek the teacher out and ask them to ask the parent what I can supply.

OP it's ovely gesture but it's really not worth it.

I have separate containers and I never ever double dip measuring equipment. Everything is washed twice before making gluten free especially the wooden rolling pin !  When I dip cake pops into chocolate I make sure that I use a fresh packet of chocolate. The person I cater for isn't even ana and I've seen her taste food from a plate that has gluten ingredients (the stuff she put in her mouth was meant to be gluten free but you wouldn't chance it with cross contamination!).

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