Let them eat cake

22 Apr

It wasn’t anyone’s birthday, but nevertheless today was a day for cake.

The Just Love Food Company have recently launched their Nut Safe birthday cakes for children and we were lucky enough to be sent one to sample.

My son Andrew had a full blown anaphylactic reaction to peanuts back in 1997 when he was 15 months old. Since then he has presented with allergies to not only peanuts, but all tree nuts, coconut and lentils.

Up until around 5 or 6 years ago we were usually able to find a birthday cake somewhere; Tesco, Asda and M&S were always a good bet for a generic no nuts in it celebratory cake for parties. For some reason, 5 or 6 years ago, they all went a bit do-lally with the nut warnings and overnight put virtually their whole stock on the “eat this and die” list. Needless to say cake has been impossible to find since then.

Mike Woods founded the Just Love Food Company in the wake of similar frustration finding cakes for his 2 nut allergic children. What companies like Cadbury, who for the first time this year labelled their whole easter range “May Contain Nuts”, fail to realise is that for every child with this allergy, there’s a whole extended family who have to change their cooking, eating and shopping habits. It’s not just Andrew’s birthday cake that has to be nut safe, my one nut allergic child demands 11 nut safe birthday cakes a year! Suddenly 1 in 55 is now 11 in 55.

11 cakes which I have been baking. But oh how he misses shop-cake.

The Sparkly Princess Cake we sampled will delight any pink loving girl and they also do a Monster Cake.

Moist, jammy, creamy and caked in gorgeously thick icing that your teeth squeak and slide through.

Even better, when I checked out the Just Love Food Company website I found they have coming soon a spotty dotty Ribbon Cake that will more than fit the bill for older children and adults. They also have plans for themed cupcakes and aren’t forgetting Christmas either.

But do you know the best thing about this cake? Unlike much of the nut-free goods I’ve managed to find it’s NOT free from eggs, milk, sugar and all the other things that are essential for cake yumminess.

They are exclusive to Sainsbury’s so until they build ours it will mean trips to Dundee for cake, which is no hardship.

If you do have little ones and you are hosting a birthday party these are the cakes that will ensure nobody leaves without a party bag. And you don’t even have to think about it.

If like me you do have a nut allergy to cater for, check out the Just Love Food Company’s website for full details of their nut safe promise, which is both stringent and comprehensive.

Oh and Paul loved it too, which is another win since he’s never finished a single wedge of my home-baked cakes. He’s fussy!


3 Responses to “Let them eat cake”

  1. Heather April 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    yum yum, i do love a decent shop bought cake. they always look so much prettier than the ones I make

  2. jamilla woods July 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    This review is amazing! thankyou so much
    I’m Mike Woods’ daughter and loved this review.
    Please keep talking about us, visit us on twitter: http://twitter.com/JustLoveFoodCo also on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=104695916240243&ref=ts

    Glad you liked it!


  1. uberVU - social comments - April 25, 2010

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by NikkiiH: @JustLoveFoodCo Your nut safe cake of yumminess went down rather well with my brood! http://bit.ly/bYhY7D

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