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Hello again. Saturday saw me up to the elbows in cake mixture and the whole house filled with the warm spicy aroma of Christmas. Shop-bought cakes are never as good as those you bake yourself at home and today it’s easier than it used to be to find free-from foods in the supermarkets. But most of the bakery items on offer there are confined to gluten-free; which is no good if you have to avoid nuts or dairy or eggs, let alone nuts and dairy and eggs. The only realistic answer is to bake cakes and pastries at home and with the right recipe you can create puddings and treats that are not only nicer than any shop-bought version but safe to eat too.

One of our bestselling recipe books at is Katie Crookston’s Dairy & Egg free Cake recipes. She has a lovely recipe for Christmas Pudding and as well as cakes, buns and traybakes, there is a section for sauces, fillings and icings and a list of alternative ingredients to help you create great tasting bakes without eggs or dairy.

But if you have multiple food allergies then things get more difficult, particularly at party time when unknown dangers can lie in the most innocent looking canape. But  living with allergies doesn’t have to mean giving up festive treats. Alice Sherwood has a famous recipe for a great-tasting traditional Christmas fruit cake whether you need it nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free or wheat-free. It’s a classic, luxurious and festive fruitcake, lightly spiced, moistened with brandy and not too rich. She gives a  nut-free main recipe and shows how to adapt it to dairy-free, gluten-free and/or egg-free versions. It’s easy to make in advance and it keeps well.

You can get a copy from the AllergyInfo & Advice pages at

Some other points to watch at Christmas:

  • Marzipan is made of ground almonds, egg yolk and sugar. Some brands use egg white, some are egg-free.
  • When decorating the cake check the ingredients on shop-bought cake decorations. Most silver balls contain wheat starch and some ready-roll icings have ‘nut-trace’ warnings. Remember Royal icing is made with egg whites.
  • If you have asthma or sulphite allergy remember that dried fruits, especially apricots, often contain sulphites as preservatives. This will be listed on the ingredients panel.

You can browse for more allergy solutions at my website or send me an e-mail if you need advice and I’ll try to help.






Hello everybody. I’m Janet, mother of two great (most of the time) boys and founder of, an online and catalogue mail order retailer. We sell things that help with the everyday management of asthma, eczema, chemical sensitivity, rhinitis and food allergies. Not drugs and supplements, but more practical things like anti-allergy pillows, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners, latex-free rubber bands, gloves for eczema, home allergy tests and lots more. I’m not a medical professional, but fifteen years of experience of the allergy market means I know which products can help or even make a significant difference when you’re trying to keep your problem under control and which ones are frankly a waste of money. Follow my blog and perhaps you’ll pick up a tip or two!

2 Responses to The Ultimate allergy-free Christmas Cake

  1. Laurel

    I am looking for a Xmas cake recipe for my daughter who has an egg, yeast, wheat and dairy allergy. Not sure if you can help. I do have the egg replacer powder and the gluten free flour.
    Kind Regards, Laurel

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