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Delicious (preferably choc) egg-free cake recipe needed so child isn't left out?

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perfectstorm Wed 26-Sep-12 16:25:55

I am making a birthday cake for my son to take to his preschool, but one child has an egg allergy (intolerance?). I think it's pretty hard on a 3 or 4 year old to be cakeless when all the rest are tucking in, so I want to make her a cupcake of some sort - preferably chocolate, as it can have the same icing and decoration then. Has anyone any eggless choc cake recipes at all? I would be ever so grateful as I have no idea where to begin.

perfectstorm Sat 29-Sep-12 23:22:29

Well, that settles it. The only answer is to make ALL these cakes and see which is the yummiest. grin

Thanks so much for the help. The egg in sugar thing makes me pale especially, and I'll check our usual one to make sure it's okay. Because that would have been really horrible. Will also google for the egg warning symbol so I can be certain the choc fondant icing for the nose etc is egg-free. (I plan to be lazy and buy the ready made for that bit.)

Hanorah Sat 29-Sep-12 22:31:24

My DTS's best friend has egg allergy too, and I made this one for their Birthday party.

allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/7079/rich-and-easy-egg-free-chocolate-cake.aspx

I showed the recipe to his mum to make sure it was OK before I served it. I smothered it in chocolate buttercream and served the same cake to everyone, it's a nice moist sticky chocolate cake and it went down well all round.

mumat39 Sat 29-Sep-12 15:33:55

I know. It's mad isn't it!

I sometimes wonder if all traces of allergens in random foods is somehow linked to the rise in allergies in this country. I have lots of odd theories though so I'll stop now. smile

I just made that choc cake that Haverina linked to but with wheat and gluten free flour. It's just come out of the oven and smells good. I've not had much luck with baking with all the allergens that DD has to avoid so I'm really hoping this is the one.

Haverina, I was excited to see that the cake rose really well in the oven but in the last few minutes is sank a bit. Is that normal for a vegan cake?

smile

perfectstorm Sat 29-Sep-12 14:11:16

I won't be using any colourings at all, just chocolate, because I know colourings can be an issue. Sugar, though... who'd ever suspect that?

perfectstorm Sat 29-Sep-12 14:10:25

God, no I had no idea! Thank you. That could have been bad. blush

Egg in sugar? That's crazy.

Again, thanks so much for the information.

mumat39 Sat 29-Sep-12 14:05:41

OP, You sound lovely.

I'm sure the little girl will be thrilled and th navy of her classmates to have her very own little hedgehog.

I'm sure you know this already but silver spoon icing sugar has an egg warning on the box. Tate & lyle icing sugar is fine. Also a lot of the silver spoon colourings seem to have egg in them.

Good luck with the baking and I'd also love to see how the mama and baby hedgehogs turn out.

smile

CokeFan Thu 27-Sep-12 19:43:13

You can use banana instead of egg in cakes.

perfectstorm Thu 27-Sep-12 19:36:17

Well I've ordered a whole box of Flake 99s from Amazon today so I can separate enough to make thin "spikes" - we may be sticking the remnants of my failures on icecream for months! grin

I think the devil's food cake and the vegan batter should both work well with the hog. Will happily post photos, though be gentle - my cakes tend to taste better than they look, I warn in advance. blush

heliotrope Thu 27-Sep-12 13:52:09

Looking forward to an update and picture! I've made that hedghog with a vegan choc fudge cake batter (see other thread (Dairy and Egg Free Recipes) for recipe, and it worked well.

Maz007 Thu 27-Sep-12 01:32:11

Well that sounds super conscientious! Even a twitchy old thing like me could relax with that level of care smile Much more than they'd probably take in most restaurant kitchens.

I know what you mean about the potential awkwardness of it - I'm sure they'll be so grateful as in my experience it doesn't even occur to most folks.

What a lucky bunch of children! And to my mind baking is one of the best Proper Mother skill super-power going smile

perfectstorm Thu 27-Sep-12 00:58:43

You weren't being obtuse at all, you were trying to make my life easier! Was very sweet of you.

monsterchild Thu 27-Sep-12 00:37:18

Fair enough! I totally understand now!
Sorry if I seems obtuse there, but the hedgehog is sooo cute!

perfectstorm Thu 27-Sep-12 00:03:25

Because my son's absolute favourite cake is this one, and that's what he's asked for, and yanno - his birthday. (He will notice and mind. Really, he will.)

monsterchild Thu 27-Sep-12 00:01:18

Why dont you make the entire cake with the eggless batter? then you only have to do one. I have successfully used applesauce for eggs. And with that much icing, I seriously doubt the kids will care about the sponge!

It's an adorable cake, BTW!

perfectstorm Wed 26-Sep-12 23:56:17

Though I could ask preschool to ask their permission? That way they will feel more comfy saying no as well than they might to me directly. Can be guided by the Head on that perhaps.

perfectstorm Wed 26-Sep-12 23:51:46

Preschool said she is okay with traces, so as long as I do my best and absolutely do not include any egg products in the cake, it should be fine. I will email to confirm what that means before starting to bake, though. They are excellent there and she is now in her second year with them, so I really do trust their advice. I don't want to ask her parents because my brother has SN, and I remember how skin-crawly people's special concern could be. Really creepily self-congratulatory and pitying. I'd hate to be like them, and the parents think I was after weirdy virtue points. I just remember being a greedy little girl who loved cake, and it would have upset me to watch all the other kids eating one when I couldn't, week after week. And I like baking, anyway. grin If I were someone who bought my son's cake I couldn't do this, so may as well take advantage of one of my few Proper Mother skills. (I am crap at all crafts without the greed incentive!)

My plan is:

Scrupulously clean the worksurface I will use for her (it's granite so you can really scrub the hell out of it) and keep that as "her" worksurface, opposite side of the kitchen to the main one.

Make her mix in a bowl by hand, with a spoon (as it's a small quantity), on the extreme opposite worksurface. Bake the egg-free cake mix in cupcake cases, on a bun tray that has also gone through an intensive wash (though obviously the paper will act as a barrier). (Will need separate baking as shorter time, so will get out and cool in the tray while putting in the main cake.)

Make the main cake in the stand mixer, using silicone beater attachment. bake.

Wash main bowl by hand, then put through heaviest wash in machine, then again by hand. Can then use that bowl and the metal beater attachment to make the buttercream icing. Do same thing with the saucepan and another bowl for the chocolate ganache.

Ice and decorate baby hedgehog.

Put the baby hedgehog into a sealed cardboard cake box before the other cake gets out of the oven to cool/ice.

Does that sound okay? I want to put a layer of buttercream icing in the middle of both cakes, and then choc ganache on top to stick the Flakes into, but I can always make her buttercream in another fresh bowl if the beater one might be a worry? (It's a steel one, so you really can be sure it is clean, I think.)

Thanks for the advice, I am genuinely appreciative. I want to do something nice for her, not make her ill! So any extra tips will be gratefully received.

Maz007 Wed 26-Sep-12 22:37:14

You are so lovely to be so thoughtful - if any of my DD's friends' parents went to half this much effort I think I'd blub! Again, really not wanting to be patronising but I'm assuming you've spoken to the little girl's parents before going to all this trouble? I only say because depending on how severe reactions are etc some folks would be wary of letting others cook for their LO. I'm sure you have and they're really grateful! Just to add to the comments about cross-contamination as eggs are so sticky... I'd make the egg free cake first to reduce
risk of spoons getting mixed up / egg getting on taps / cloths etc. It isn't rocket science and I really wouldn't want to put you off... it wouldnt occur to most people to even think of doing what you're doing and it makes such a difference when people go the extra mile to include children with allergies smile You are a star!

In terms of recipes I've used egg replacer and just substituted it for eggs in lots of old family favourite cakes and they've come up really well. You can get it in supermarkets and it works nicely. As dairy is not a problem you should have lots of choice.

Hope it's a lovely day!

harverina Wed 26-Sep-12 22:31:52

No its ok, it wouldnt because I had asked specifically for a vegan cake and yours isnt vegan. It really is yummy though! I plan on making it again. I literally spent about 5/10 minutes making it, it was so easy and I was delighted that no one could tell that it didnt have eggs in it. The last cake my DH made he used avocado, the one before that banana, but they just tasted like...avocado and banana haha! So, a great result yay!

casabevron Wed 26-Sep-12 22:06:44

Glad you like it Haverina, it never crossed my mind that it would be the one you were looking for, sorry!

harverina Wed 26-Sep-12 21:56:23

Ah Casa that was the recipe I remember seeing a while back - I just started a thread a few days ago asking about a vegan chocolate cake recipe which I had seen on here and now I realise that it was your recipe, except it isnt vegan, but can be...in the end the cake I made is almost exactly the same as yours, except I used water instead of milk and I did a different topping (milk and egg free). Agree that it is very moist and I will def be making it again very soon.

casabevron Wed 26-Sep-12 20:53:43

Thanks grin You are lovely lady btw to do this!

The hedgehog idea looks fab. I had a little Ladybird cookbook as a child, and I remember being so proud when I made a 'party hedgehog' from half a grapefruit with cocktail-stick spines loaded with cubes of cheese and pineapple. I think it had a cocktail cherry nose - can you tell I was a child of the seventies?! Good luck with it smile

imoko Wed 26-Sep-12 19:12:56

good evening perfect storm. try looking on the bbcgoodfood.com site under eggless chocolate cake (suprise, suprise) you could make individual fairy cakes and use butter cream icing to make it more child friendly or stick chocolate fingers around the side and pile it high with lovely raspberries and mini marshmellows.

perfectstorm Wed 26-Sep-12 19:11:48

This is what I'm trying to make in terms of final appearance, so I think it should size down quite nicely. That's the hope, anyway.

perfectstorm Wed 26-Sep-12 19:08:03

Also the Brookie reference made me chortle. grin

perfectstorm Wed 26-Sep-12 19:07:38

That's all really useful, thank you so much. And Casa not patronising at all - it'd be horrible to make a child ill, and although much less horrible, also aggravating to go to trouble for nothing.

My hope is the other kids will be envious of her dinky special baby hedgehog. Especially as she will have a chocolate-featured (choc drop eyes, Smartie nose) face, which nobody else will get except my DS, I suspect. And given all the times she misses out altogether, that makes me rather happy. Must be rotten for her. So I want to make it as yummy and pretty as possible. Luckily she is only allergic to the eggs, so all the rest of the cake is replicable.

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