Since my daughter started pre-school we have had to deal with some new and challenging situations around her needing a gluten free diet. The most challenging one is around the birthday parties she is now getting invited to.
We take snacks for her so she doesn’t have to worry about the risk of eating the wrong party food (let’s face it, party food isn’t usually wheat free!) but then there is the big moment – out comes the amazing birthday cake! The singing happens, the candles are blown out and everyone gets a nice big slice to eat there and then, as well as a piece in their party bag when they head home.
And that is where we have the problem.
I hate her being left out.
So I made a decision, I told the parents of all the kids in her class to let me know next time there was a birthday and I would make the cake. That way my daughter would not feel left out. To be honest, I love making cakes. My favourite programme is Ace of Cakes – they can do amazing things! Gluten Free sponge cakes are not too bad to make. I usually add banana or apple to make sure they are moist enough because they tend to be quite dense (don’t expect them to rise very much when you cook them)
Last week, we had our first order. A cake for my daughters best friend. He loves the Octonauts and his mum had bought a template for the top of his cake so I just had to make the cake and ice it. To be honest I was a little disappointed. I wanted to make a full Octonauts underwater ship thingy! So I got some fondant icing and got my creativity out making the little characters instead!
The cake worked out well and I even used food colouring to make it into a rainbow cake.
It was very well received. In fact there were nearly blows as the kids tried to grab the Octonauts characters to scoff for themselves. They ended up safely out of harms way on a windowsill in the end!
For me, I was just happy to see my daughter sitting round the table eating cake with all the other kids.
The mothers are really good too. They have all started catering with gluten free food so she doesn’t feel left out at all.
So now, it appears, I have become the local cake maker. Next will be a Spongebob Squarepants cake