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May 26, 2009 05:28 PM

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

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          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!

          1. re: YYZtoSFO

            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. 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: you could check with those bakeries, and here's one about gluten free dining -- 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

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          1. 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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            1. re: pikawicca

              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!

              1. re: YYZtoSFO

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

                1. re: YYZtoSFO

                  Babycakes will deliver via Fedex, per their site.


                  1. re: YYZtoSFO

                    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.