Help?! Client Is Deathly Allergic...

Baking By CiNoRi Updated 10 Apr 2010 , 1:58pm by dalis4joe

CiNoRi Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:31pm
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I have a client who is Dairy/ Whey, wheat, & nut allergic...


I was about to to order Satin Ice Fondant and Gumpaste for the first time, do you know if these are ok for him?

Also can anyone recommend any chocolate frosting/ cake recipes that would be safe?

Thanks!!!

19 replies
cheatize Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:42pm
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If you've got dairy/whey, wheat, and nuts in your house at all, or have had them in there, I'd refer the client to someone who specializes in allergies. Deathly allergic is not something to mess around with.

tiawanna02 Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:45pm
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You shouldnt take the order. Too much stress

Price Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:48pm
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I'm not in business, but if I was, I wouldn't take the order.

Lenette Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:52pm
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I would definitely pass on this order. I have turned down several people. I just tell them I am not an allergen baker and I do not feel comfortable with it. There is a lot more to it than just using certain ingredients.

I did a cake for a woman once with a gluten issue, she insisted it would be fine. I was so stressed my stomach was in knots. Won't happen again.

There is a liability here and I wouldn't want to be the one to assume it. Honestly, I am surprised they are ordering. Most folks I know with allergies like that won't order from a bakery of any sort.

Good luck with this! icon_smile.gif

Doug Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:58pm
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Originally Posted by cheatize

If you've got dairy/whey, wheat, and nuts in your house at all, or have had them in there, I'd refer the client to someone who specializes in allergies. Deathly allergic is not something to mess around with.




big DITTO to this.

just the trace amounts in your house might get in cake and set him off.

that IS how allergic some people are!

CiNoRi Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 6:59pm
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Im not worried about it really, just want o make sure all ingredients are safe.
Its the only cake i have that week so ill prep the kitchen before... no biggie

CiNoRi Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:01pm
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also, i know this client, honestly he would rather come to me than anyone else icon_wink.gif

Spuddysmom Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:01pm
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Satin Ice is great for people with many different allergies but not all. If you are a commercial bakery you likely use those ingredients in your shop and it is just too dangerous. If you bake from home, do you use any of those ingredients normally? If this person is "deathly allergic" - think about what you are doing!

CiNoRi Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:05pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spuddysmom

is great for people with many different allergies but not all. If you are a commercial bakery you likely use those ingredients in your shop and it is just too dangerous. If you bake from home, do you use any of those ingredients normally? If this person is "deathly allergic" - think about what you are doing!




I will be working closely with his Mom, who has handled his allergies for years... im just trying to get a step ahead by setting up a game plan for the cake. Mom can then go through it all to make sure we are good to go

Larkin121 Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:11pm
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I know for sure that Satin Ice is made in a nut free facility - I called them before doing a cake for a friend who is deathly allergic to peanuts. (Guittard chocolate baking wafers are also completely nut free, in case anyone wants to know!)

superwawa Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:12pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CiNoRi

I have a client who is Dairy/ Whey, wheat, & nut allergic...


I was about to to order Fondant and Gumpaste for the first time, do you know if these are ok for him?

Also can anyone recommend any chocolate frosting/ cake recipes that would be safe?

Thanks!!!




As for using Satin Ice, the fondant is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Contains no animal-derived ingredients, and is Certified Kosher Pareve.

Have the mother approve this list of ingredients on Page 2:

http://www.rolledfondant.com/pdf/Satin-Nutrition_Ingred.pdf

jennywenny Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:15pm
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Crikey, I agree with the other posters. I recently made some gluten free cupcakes to a party and spent the whole time stressing about whether there might be some contamination in there that could make the two people who were allergic to gluten sick. Having said that, it could be a useful specialty to get into if you think you can be sure of no cross contamination.

Kiddiekakes Posted 9 Apr 2010 , 7:16pm
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I also wouldn't take the risk for this order.Not only is it dangerous if something does come in contact but the liability it could cause if something did happen.Also the specialty ingredients you need to buy for this cake is going to be very expensive so if you decide to do it which I think you are..better hope you are charging WELL enough for the ingredients etc...Good Luck with it all!!

sweetcakes Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 3:41am
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if i had a child with severe allergies i would be making all their food. If a customer requested me make their child with allergies a cake i would not. It is a biggie. Since your friends how about you go over to their home and help her make the cake . That would be the safest thing to do.

cheatize Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 4:04am
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Okay, it seems you are determined to do this. Can you make the cake at his mother's house? It seems to me her house would be more likely to be free of any trace amounts of the allergens.

Sorry, I have no advice on the ingredients. Best of luck to you!

brincess_b Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 9:23am
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all serious allergies can be deadly. some allergies not so much. i get the feeling mum has maybe overstated how deadly his allergies are, because birthday cake is not really worth the risk.
if his allergies are that serious, then as has been said, all it will take is one tiny miniscule touch from something thats been in touch with it - your apron? your hand soap? washing up liquid? never mind the actual mixers, piping tips etc - and hes having a reaction.
i agree with doing it at his house, with a hefty contract with a bold, signed paragraph re: the allergies.
xx

tsal Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 10:52am
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I have a *really* serious nut allergy and that is why I bake. It was recommended to me to wait to introduce nuts to my kids, so I baked all of their cakes. You have to have a sitdown with the mother to tell her that all of your equipment may be contaminated, and based on the severity of her child's allergy, she can decide.
Honestly, I will help out friends who have nut allergic kids because my house is completely nut free, but I would not agree to bake a cake for a wheat-allergic child because my mixer, pans, spatulas, etc have all come into contact with wheat. Trust me, you don't want her kid to end up having an allergic reaction at the party. Why would you put yourself in a position to be blamed?

kathyx1 Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 11:44am
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If I or a family member was 'deathly allergic', I would not trust anyone to bake for me, no way, no how! Experience in specialist cooking would be necessary I think.

dalis4joe Posted 10 Apr 2010 , 1:58pm
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if you see the label of sertain foods weven if they don't have nuts etc in them... it must state that the item was pocessed/prepared in an envroment where they use peanuts even if it's for other things....

not too long ago... was on the news... girl with peanut allergy... ate something that had trace amounts of peanuts... traces of nuts.... her throat swelled up and it costed her her life...

Maybe you need to have them sign a waiver.....

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