To be perfectly honest, I didn't care how the cake tasted. Starting at age 3, my daughter asked for a cake with Abbey Cadabby. Then butterflies, superheroes and peace signs. I have zero artistic ability. I sincerely struggle to create a straight line.
My answer has always been, "Sorry baby, I don't think I can make it look like that." We always settled for the icing being the color of the theme. And my daughter was so good about it. Which somehow makes it worse.
So when I was introduced to Safe Sweets. I had some hope. Not a lot of hope but some. My daughter's allergy list makes cooking and baking pretty challenging. Spurred on by thoughts of being able to say "yes" to my daughter and fantasies about not baking 2 dozen more cupcakes, I contacted Sherry at Safe Sweets. After providing the list of allergens, Sherry said she could make a safe cake! Thinking this was too good to be true, I launched into the usual grilling about cross contamination and ingredients. Sherry totally gets it. Her own son suffers from celiac disease. I was getting excited! This might really happen. My daughter looked at a ton of pictures and picked out a cake covered in peace signs. She just kept saying, "Can I really have anything?" She was beyond thrilled! And I did what most allergy moms do, I cried! (A few hours later I did do a happy dance about not baking more cupcakes but mostly I cried!)
My daughter loved her cake and loved feeling included. And it tasted great!
With Valentine's day just around the corner, Sherry and I talked about the challenges of inclusion for our kids and kids just like them. As a result of that conversation, I am thrilled to announce Safe Sweets and Kiss Freely have created a Valentine's Day bundle with adorable top 8 free owl cookies and heart shaped lip gloss. Stay tuned for details!