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Our oldest daughter is one of the lucky ones with a December birthday 🙂 . She unfortunately inherited her dad’s food allergies and is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs and legumes, making it a bit of a challenge when it comes to what we serve at celebrations. I should note, I am not a fan of baking so I often look for the easiest, quickest way to serve up desserts. She also has many friends who are gluten free so this literally ‘takes the cake’ as the best allergy friendly option.
I start by making rice crispy treats – if you still make them over the stove I have a MUCH easier way. I place 3 tablespoons of dairy free Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks and 1 package of 10 oz. mini marshmallows in a large bowl and melt them in the microwave on high for 1 minute (or more time if needed until the butter melts).
I then stir in 6 cups of rice crispy cereal and place it into a greased 8″ round 3″ deep cake pan. (I use cooking spray to grease the pan, spatula and my hands so it’s easier to work with the sticky mixture).
I do two batches and stack the cake in two layers. I then dust a rolling pin with powdered sugar and roll out some allergy safe fondant I picked up at Hobby Lobby you can find it here. They have pretty simple instructions on the back of their box.
After I roll it pretty thin I drape it over the cake and trim off the excess with a sharp knife. Make sure you trim it a little longer than you think so it covers completely and just smooth it over the sides.
Next, I microwave Pillsbury frosting in a pourable glass measuring cup in 30 second increments until it is really melted and easy to pour. Then, I pour the frosting along the top edge of the cake and let it drip down the sides. While it’s wet (it hardens quickly), I shake some sprinkles over the frosting.
You can add various sugary (allergy safe) candies to the top or top it with numbers and some faux flowers. I love these faux flowers – they come on a thin wire and I just stuck it right into the cake. (I also added them to bouquets and my Christmas greenery).
This was the cake I made for her Sweet Sixteen. You can find a similar white milk glass cake stand here.
It’s nice to be able to make a “pretty” bakery style birthday cake that hits all the allergy requirements, is easy and delicious!