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post #46 of 61
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Well thanks Nick! What I heard last is that the girl´s mother was not upset at all and this 40+ year old guy knew better! I´m thinking it was not my cake (since it has been eaten by kids as well with no problems) OR maybe the red dye. So when they pick up the cake on Sat I will have my little cluase ready for her to sign. Thanks again!
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post #47 of 61
As someone else posted, when we thought it was two teenagers, my first question was whether the "rash" looked like beard burn. Now that we know differently, IF your cake was involved at all, I would look at the red food dye. I don't think the customer (or the rash folks) are too concerned about litigation or they wouldn't be coming back for seconds and thirds - or digging into another cake.
post #48 of 61
After reading all the posts, it sounds to me like a contact allergy to the icing. My first guess would be the red dye. I have two kids that will get very red from cantact with things like ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. I recently found out that the canned icing you buy in the store will cause it too. My son's preschool made brownies frosted with it. I have no idea what is actually causing it, but as long as they wash up after eating it isn't usually a problem. My 3 year old son though has a tendency to get it all over his face LOL.

I wouldn't let it concern you. If they know it's a problem and continue to eat the cake, it's their problem. Oh, it could also be the chocolate syrup, there are probably some funky chemicals in that.
post #49 of 61
I would also think contact allergy too. Food allergies cause hives, which can be tiny (looks like a rash) or big old nasty sores. The hives can appear almost instantly or take hours to appear, depending on the severity of the allergy. If anything, I'd say they were sensitive to the red dye. It's hard to imagine neither hadn't ever eaten red dye though!

I have a severe allergy to shrimp and got a bite of one accidently this summer. Within a minute of swallowing I broke out in incredibly itchy hives, then my tongue and lips went numb and my hands swelled (it made the bridal shower a little too exciting). icon_surprised.gif

I think you were very consciencious to be so helpful in trying to figure out what happeded, but I don't think you did anything you shouldn't have when making your cake.
post #50 of 61
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Thanks again everybody!! OK, so I think we are 90% sure it was the red dye since both eat chocolate on a regular basis (yep, just found out) and have never had any problems. Anyway, they are all fine and I feel much better knowing it was nothing I did or did wrong.
Thanks again for all your help!!!!
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post #51 of 61
I doubt it was your cake really. For 2 of the kids to be allergic seems a little unlikely to me. I think probably it was more like a viral thing or something. Rashes are pretty common.

Since you asked though, I do know of someone that was allergic to red dyes. But for 2 kids to be allergic...?
post #52 of 61
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Thanks Merissa!!

OK, so it is Monday now and I made the customer a cake for this past Sat, she picked it up Sat morning, I haven't heard anything from her yet but I will keep you posted and hope to know soon if they got something after eating my cake on Sat.

And I just don't get some people... if they are claming my cake gave them an allergic reaction, why in the world would the eat cake again and again and again?? icon_confused.gif

Anyway, that just makes me feel better and if they came back for more than I guess it is all good! icon_lol.gif
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post #53 of 61
Yeah I dont think they are too concerned if they bought another cake from you. Plus EVEN if it was from the red dye or something, you cant be blamed for something like that. You cant blame Peter Pan or Jiffy if you are allergic to peanuts. If someone knows that they are allergic to something they need to ask questions about what they eat.

I hadnt read through the whole thread when I answered before but it still seems odd though that 2 people would be allergic to the same thing (unless they were related) and never been exposed to a red dye before (or at least never noticed a reaction to it). I have to think red dyes are pretty common.
post #54 of 61
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I know and my customer knows I can't be held responsable since she never asked anything or said anything about allergies... and they both said that neither one of them was allergic to chocolate or red dye (that they knew of) or anything else, like wheat, eggs, milk, nuts, etc. so I'm guessing that the girl IS allergic to the dye (all the right symptoms) and the guy was allergic to God knows what (since I was also told he is allergic to almost everything).

Anyway, will keep you posted!!
Thanks!!
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post #55 of 61
perhaps she loves your cake so much that she wants your recipe! so she can make them herself! lol
post #56 of 61
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Quote:
Originally Posted by confectionaryperfection

perhaps she loves your cake so much that she wants your recipe! so she can make them herself! lol



OMG!! How funny! I wonder if that is the case... icon_confused.gif
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post #57 of 61
I scanned through a lot of this thread. There is so much stuff going around I would not be concerned. My husband had a heat rash from his fever last week. We all had a bug that cause fever for several days and sure enough he was red and rashy because of it.
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post #58 of 61
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Hello everybody!! I just wanted to let you all know how it all ended... the customer finally called and told me that, with the second cake (2 weeks ago) only one person had a reaction, it was the guy, the girl did eat cake but nothing happened to her... anyway, this person, with the reaction, now knows he is allergic to chocolate!!!
I know I know... it took him a while to figure it out!
Anyway, thanks so much everybody for your help!
And Thank God it was nothing I did wrong!
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post #59 of 61
I have people in my family that are allergic to corn syrup and cornstarch...maybe the marshmallows???
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post #60 of 61
you can actually develop an allergy to something at any point. It isn't always after the first few contacts. So maybe the guy has developed a chocolate alergy or maybe it is unrelated...who knows.
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