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If you’ve seen some of my recent posts then you will know that I am now the official food blogger for the Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy Support Charity. CMPA Support are a wonderful charity; their aims are to raise awareness of the allergy at all levels, so that future generations of CMPA babies (& their families) shouldn’t have to suffer; and to provide information, support and practical advice to parents/carers at whichever stage of the CMPA journey they are on. You can find CMPA Support on Facebook and join one of their many Facebook support groups. I publish one food related blog post per week on behalf of CMPA Support and I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing charity.
It’s nearly Halloween! This year is flying by, it’s crazy. Last year we went to my brothers for Halloween and had a small dairy and soya free buffet. The children loved answering the door to the trick or treaters and giving them sweets. My son is only two years old, so he doesn’t yet fully understand Halloween and trick or treating, I am planning on having a small dairy free Halloween party every year rather than taking my son trick or treating. This year we are going to my brothers again and I’ve volunteered to make some Halloween Cupcakes that are dairy, soya, wheat and almond free to accommodate everyone’s dietary requirements. I am dairy and wheat intolerant, my brother is anaphylactic to almonds and my son has cow’s milk protein allergy and is soya intolerant. I am trialing my son with egg again at the moment so I have used egg in these cupcakes and they are delicious. If you are also having a dairy free Halloween party rather than go trick or treating, you can see a list of dairy free party food sold in most supermarkets here and a list of dairy and soya free party food here.
I often think about what i’ll do if my son wants to go trick or treating when he’s older and he hasn’t outgrown his food allergies. As we know a lot of people in the area we live, I think I would have to go round first and give them dairy and soya free chocolate to give to my son when he knocks on their door, or sweets or even cheap little toys. Of course I don’t mean I’d knock on every door on our street, I’d just have to only take him to friends and families houses. We could also use trick or treating as a way of discussing food allergies, for example when you get back home you could sit down and look at all of the treats your child has been given together and discuss whether or not it is safe for them. If it’s not safe you can replace it with a safe treat for them this could be expensive for you, depending on how many houses you go trick or treating to. At Easter I did a dairy and soya free Easter egg hunt and I bought a big bar of Moo Free chocolate and broke it up into squares and then wrapped them up individually using tin foil or cling film, this would make it much cheaper for you and I spotted these cool Halloween stickers on Amazon which you could stick onto the wrapping. You can also buy very small toys which are fairly cheap, to replace any unsafe treats.
Ok, on to the recipe…
My cake decorating skills are not the best so I wanted to practice before Halloween. I have decorated these dairy free Halloween cupcakes as a mummy and with spiders on, using ready to roll icing. You can decorate them any way you wish, use Google images to search for ideas and inspiration.
- 115g dairy & soya free spread
- 115g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 115g wheat free self raising flour (I used Organ)
- ready to roll icing - various colours
- 175g icing sugar
- 75g dairy and soya free spread
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, line the cupcake tray with 10 cupcake paper cases.
- 2. Put the dairy & soya free spread and sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix them together. Then, beat them very quickly until you have a fluffy mixture.
- 3. Break one egg into a cup and beat it with a fork. Pour it into the large bowl and beat the mixture to mix it in well. Do the same with the second egg.
- 4. Sift the flour into the bowl. Mix the flour into the egg mixture very gently moving a metal spoon in the figure of 8 motion.
- 5. Divide the mixture between the paper cupcake cases and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until golden and firm to touch. Place on a wire rack to cool.
- 6. To make the butter cream icing, mix the icing sugar, dairy and soya free spread and water in a mixing bowl until you get a smooth buttercream consistency.
- 7. Cover the top of the cupcakes with a thin layer of the buttercream icing.
- 8. For the mummy cake, roll out the black ready to roll icing and cut a small circle, place on top of the cupcake. Roll out the white ready to roll icing and using your fingers roll a small amount for the eyes and flatten on top of the black icing, do this twice then roll an even smaller amount of the black icing and place on top to look like the pupils of the eyes. Then using a ruler and a knife cut thin white strips and wrap around the cake, leaving the eyes on show to give a mummy appearance.
- 9. For the spider cake, roll out the orange ready to roll icing and cover the top of the cupcakes, then take a small ball of the back icing and flatten on top for the spiders body. Next roll very small amounts of the black icing into little worm shapes and use as the spiders legs, make the eyes for the spider in the same way as for the mummy cake above.
- You can decorate these vanilla cupcakes any way you wish, see Google images for ideas and inspiration.
- Check the ingredients of the ready to roll icing to make sure it is allergy safe for you.
- Links to the products I used are below.
Recently I have received a lot of questions on our Facebook page about the symptoms of cow’s milk protein allergy and I think it would be great if we can share our questions and support each other on this journey. I have created a group on Facebook so we all have somewhere we can discuss and support each other in regards to living with cow’s milk protein allergy. Please take the time to read the group description. It is a closed group so, only members can see and reply to posts.
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