Hi everyone :)
I need to bake a GF cake for my son's baseball team next Saturday and it's not something I have baked yet.....I typically use the WASC recipe. The mom whose son is celiac recommended President's Choice All Purpose Flour blend as the best GF flour available in our area. It contains a combination of Tapioca starch, modified potato starch, corn flour, modified cellulose and xantham gum. Does anyone have a tried and true recipe using either the same brand of GF flour or a GF flour that has a similar ingredient list? I have noticed that a lot of the recipes I have found call for GF flour that contains rice flour so I am hesitant to try those ones as the main ingredient is rice vs tapioca and potato starch.
myself, I would not bake for a for real celiac -- there's a ton more to gluten free baking than which flour to use -- the property has to be sanitized to a greater degree than usual --
I eat gluten 'free' because bread with gluten does not agree with me but I don't have celiac disease -- and I made it a rule to not bake for any allergies at all because if I screw up somebody could wind up in the emergency room or worse -- nuh ugh not for me --
Not sure if you are Canadian because President’s Choice is a Canadian brand. Weston foods. PC gluten free flour mix is very similar to Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour. And although I would recommend either, I wouldn’t be making a cupcake for this young fella. Celiac disease is a totally different situation than being gluten intolerant. It’s a actual allergy. Being intolerant you can get gas, bloating, feeling uncomfortable. But celiac, if there are any traces of wheat, it could prove to be very serious, like anaphylactic shock. As K8memphis posted, you have to thoroughly sanitize your whole work area. You must not use the same tools, mixer, pans etc you use for regular baking because of possible cross contamination. I have a decorator friend who is celiac and her boys too. She only bakes 100% gluten free. Has no wheat in her house whatsoever.
I have a long history, well rather an ancient history, of dealing with pushy parents who want their peanut allergic kid to be treated like every other kid at b-day parties etc -- I told my kid that he's quite blessed to know that he's allergic (to something else) and that he's not deprived --
of course no one would knowingly hurt any kid with a celebration cake -- and I know you of course would never ever -- and with all that said -- what I will Never understand and it's true in this case is why would any mom be so cavalier as to trust someone with their child's welfare when an epipen could ultimately be required -- I mean she's telling you what flour to use -- she herself seems clueless to her son's condition --
I'm sure she's grateful that you're considering doing this but wow -- idk
Thank you so much for your thoughts on my situation!! Admittedly, I know nothing about celiac disease and was trusting the mother that I simply just needed to switch out flours for her child's safety but it seems like it is so much more than that and I am simply not willing to take the risk of making him severely ill....I would feel horrible if he ended up sick due to cross contamination! This is exactly why I refuse to offer peanut free cakes for anyone with an anaphylactic nut allergy. Sensitivities are one thing but anaphylaxis is where I draw the line...LOL! I'll just make my regular WASC cake and let the mom know so she can ensure there is a GF treat available for her son to enjoy.
Thank you again so much for your advice! :)
you're very welcome -- I'm glad you knew where I was coming from -- I applaud your decision!
best to you!
JPepper thank you for this post!
I am another who knows absolutely nothing about celiac disease so this thread is very enlightening.
but wait -- epipens are sometimes required for peanut allergy -- with celiac you just get plenty sick as far as I know -- I kinda crossed the two allergies a bit --
K8 mind if I pass on your info —-there’s?s like this in the cake groups on Facebook & no one seems to have this insight. Of course I d give you a nod as a source.
And June too
can’t edit my post :(.
I should have said there would be no need for a epipen if the child ate gluten. But child would most likely get seriously ill. Vomiting, diarrhea, the sweats, headache…..generally not fun. So it’s a severe intolerance, not a allergy as I previously stated. Like peanuts. Still in all, something to take seriously.
yes yes yes -- i getcha, june