|As my friend Chris said: my cupcake is wearing a "jaunty beret" of frosting|
This is less of a recipe for more like semi-barely-not-really-homemade-but-I-did-use-my-mixer-and-bake-it homemade and all delicious. I’ve always been severely allergic to tree nuts and seafood (and OAS to some fruits and veg) but since becoming intolerant to wheat, dairy and soy ten years ago, my baking from scratch has been curtailed.
*Here a link to an explanation from AAAAI.org about the difference between allergy and intolerance.*
Food allergy friendly mixes have saved the day and I have a few favorite go-tos, like Namaste Foods.
CAKE: For this cupcake, I use the Namaste Foods Spice Cake mix and make the pumpkin variation on the box. Namaste is a lovely company that built their own facility in 2011 that is free from: "wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, peanuts and tree nuts, are carefully manufactured in a dedicated allergen free facility and Kosher certified."
From a Namaste Foods 2011 press release: “Operating under the name of Taylor Gleason Enterprises, LLC, the new facility is virtually a one-of-a-kind allergen free facility. In addition to being free of the top eight allergens (dairy, egg, wheat/gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) the facility is also free of corn and potato. It is estimated that 30 percent or more of the people with food allergies have multiple allergies. Being free of so many allergens demonstrates Namaste’s commitment to people with food allergies above and beyond other manufacturers."
FROSTING: And this is simply my new go-to frosting recipe. It's nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and oh my goodness worthy.
By Lori Karavolis and further adapted by me
1 C Domino’s confectioners’ sugar
1/2 C Spectrum organic palm shortening
1 C Durkee’s marshmallow fluff
1 t Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract
2 T hot water
Pinch of kosher salt
Mix well and try not to spoon directly into your mouth.
The reviews of this cupcake:
“Do you have more?”
“You could sell these.”
"The frosting. The pumpkin cake. The frosting. YUM!!!!! So amazing!"
My uncle loved them so much that he created a thank you card featuring me and my mother atop the cupcake!