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Egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, nut-free cupcakes?

YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 05:28 PM

My daughter is allergic to eggs, dairy, wheat and nuts... these allergies are usually easy to manage, but her birthday is coming up and I would hate to see her without a birthday cake!

Does anyone know of any bakeries/bakers in the East Bay or SF that can accommodate her allergies?

I would love to have cupcakes, but cakes are great too!

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    YYZtoSFO RE: pikawicca May 26, 2009 06:13 PM

    nope - I'm serious and I've found options in Toronto and NYC (Great bakeries that accommodate these requests: Lollicakes and Baby Cakes NYC)

    1. Melanie Wong RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 06:08 PM

      Two places to check would be Crave in SF and Lulu Rae in Oakland for some accommodations and see what they can do.

      Does she like mochi?

      Lulu Rae Confections
      6311 College Ave, Oakland, CA

      Crave Bakery
      325 Montcalm St, San Francisco, CA

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        YYZtoSFO RE: Melanie Wong May 26, 2009 06:15 PM

        Called Lulu Rae earlier today actually and they have either a gluten-free recipe or a vegan recipe, not both... they're going to get back to me if they find something!

        Called Crave - it's just gluten free and not vegan!

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          Melanie Wong RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 06:21 PM

          Maybe Benkyodo for pretty wagashi. Or Cafe Hana for a mochi cake. Would a gelatin cake work? It's not vegan, but wouldn't have eggs or dairy.

          How about a "cake" out of sorbet?

          1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA

          Murata's Cafe Hana
          1737 Post St Ste 368, San Francisco, CA 94115

      2. JasmineG RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 06:14 PM

        I would maybe call some of the vegetarian/vegan restaurants (Millennium and Herbivore, maybe) and ask them if they make cakes or could recommend anyone to make one with these specifications. Here's a recent thread about dairy free cakes: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/617999 you could check with those bakeries, and here's one about gluten free dining http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/42874 -- not quite the same, but there may be some overlap. Crave Bakery was recommended on one of those threads, it may have what you need http://www.cravebakery.com/index.html

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: JasmineG May 26, 2009 06:27 PM

          Crave uses eggs, so that one's out.

        2. pikawicca RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 06:39 PM

          I do not believe that it is possible to produce a baked good that anyone would recognize as a cupcake without using eggs, dairy, and wheat. You could lose one of these, perhaps, but not all.

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            YYZtoSFO RE: pikawicca May 26, 2009 06:52 PM

            it's been done!

            and it's actually quite good
            tell me their stuff doesn't look delicious!

            who says allergy-free can't look good too!

            now I just need to find places like these in San Francisco!

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              pikawicca RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 07:03 PM

              Those pics look good, but they are not anything like cupcakes.

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                DebitNM RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 08:43 PM

                Babycakes will deliver via Fedex, per their site.


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                  rccola RE: YYZtoSFO May 27, 2009 07:08 AM

                  Babycakes has a cookbook. Look on their website/check local bookstores. I'm pretty certain there are wheat/dairy/nut/egg-free options--they're vegan and don't bake with nuts. As you know, wheat allergy is different from gluten intolerance, so some of the substituted items are also dangerous for someone with wheat allergy tho they contain no gluten.

                  Can your daughter eat coconut flour? Some people are hard-tree nut allergic but not coconut allergic. Only your allergist would know for sure. Coconut flour makes great sweets.

                  Mariposa uses organic brown rice flour, sweet rice flour, potato starch and tapioca flour mixed together. Potato starch, sweet rice flour and tapioca starch are found in many Asian stores and places like Berkeley Bowl/Monterey Market. Potato starch is katikuriko and I've always used it mixed with sake to make great tempura, old Japanese-style.

              2. lexdevil RE: YYZtoSFO May 26, 2009 09:45 PM

                Here are your options at Mariposa, a GF bakery in Oakland:


                Looks like the only option that works w/ all of your limits is cookies, but you might check if they could make a nut free peace cake.

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                  milklady RE: YYZtoSFO May 27, 2009 07:38 AM

                  I have a friend with similar restrictions.

                  the only things that work are ordering from BabyCakes in New York (they deliver, but it's crazy expensive), baking your own (buy the BabyCakes cookbook) or getting something from Cafe Gratitude. but, nuts are an issue at Cafe Gratittude. You could ask if they could do something for you. Then you have a raw product, but maybe that's okay...

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                    ace RE: YYZtoSFO May 27, 2009 09:42 AM

                    I think Celeste at Cake Ladies could create what you need- she's in Oakland, a great baker, and a total sweetheart:


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                      cmvan RE: ace May 30, 2009 08:38 AM

                      If you have a regular bakery make something for you, they have to keep in mind the important issue of cross-contamination.

                      Just using the same bowls,utensils and baking pans that are used to make wheat flour-based items can leach the "toxins" into the wheat-free, etc-free products. To be safe, they would have to use new, uncontaminated cookware and prepare in an area they don't use for regular prep.

                      It may sound a bit much, but for those of us with these allergies/intolerances, what may seem like a miniscule amount can indeed trigger strong reactions.

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                      YYZtoSFO RE: YYZtoSFO May 28, 2009 03:06 PM

                      Found a great place called Eat My Love for you. The baker, Jennifer, seems to be very accommodating!

                      Will try it out and I'll let you know how it goes!

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                        Melanie Wong RE: YYZtoSFO Nov 26, 2009 10:17 PM

                        How did it work out?

                        There's also a special order baker in Milpitas called Let Them Eat Cake,
                        Wondering if anybody out there has tried it.

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                          waluso RE: Melanie Wong Dec 26, 2010 08:36 AM

                          I'm ordered from Let Them Eat Cake and they were very accommodating and the cupcakes were very good. I can't recall if we had the cupcakes made without eggs, but they were definitely gluten-free and dairy-free (as well as free of many other allergens). They worked closely with us to make sure the cupcakes had none of my daughter's allergens. I also ordered from Crave and they were delicious as well, but my daughter's allergies were better so the list we were avoiding was much shorter (but still free of gluten and dairy). Another place to try is Zest Bakery in San Carlos. I'm not sure if they do gluten, dairy, and egg free, but everything is gluten free and delicious!

                          Zest Bakery
                          1224 Arroyo Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

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                        3ringcircus RE: YYZtoSFO May 29, 2009 05:34 PM

                        I know you're looking for a bakery rather than a "make it yourself" thing, but if you do end up needing to make something yourself, Cherrybrook Kitchens makes cake mixes and and a ready made vanilla frosting that are wheat, nut, egg and dairy free.

                        I have no personal experience with their wheat free mixes, but I have used their wheat based products before. They came out long after my kiddo outgrew his wheat allergy.

                        Wheat, nut and egg free is a hard combination to find in a local bakery.

                        1. cfarivar RE: YYZtoSFO May 31, 2009 05:39 PM

                          You might try Mariposa Bakery in Oakland that specializes in gluten-free productss:


                          1. rworange RE: YYZtoSFO May 31, 2009 07:10 PM

                            Someone just reported about Cake Ladies

                            The site says they do vegan and other types of cakes.

                            Reading yelp, one poster said that they made cupcakes without eggs, wheat or dairy for a children's birthday party

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                              nitafuentez06 RE: YYZtoSFO Dec 23, 2010 07:19 AM

                              hello my son is allergic to dairy, nuts & eggs also. i usually make his cakes.. but i knw of a really gd place called baby cakes. the website is BabyCakesNYC.com in nyc but they have a CA office to in Los Angelas phn # is 213-623-5555 or u can twitter them @ BabyCakesNYCla.. gd luck, i hope this was helpful & hope it turns out great

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