From Los Angeles, California, USA:
I babysit a little boy who is allergic to all glutens. He cannot eat sugar or wheat, or peanuts. Sugar substitutes (including Sweet & Low, Equal, and fructose) all make him sick. He can eat most veggies, though. Do you have any ideas of what we can use as a birthday cake for him? We do have access to wheat-free flour, but no ideas for sugarfree cakes. Any suggestions would be a great help.
These are difficult issues to get around, but you might try a cake made with fruit puree such as applesauce used in place of the sugar. A carrot cake recipe might work with the use of a reduced amount of table sugar and the substitution of applesauce or one of the fruit products made for baking substitutions. It sounds like this child has celiac disease which is a problem that can also occur in conjunction with diabetes. Health food stores may have books with recipes in them for children with gluten allergies or celiac. Good luck with your recipe.
Original posting 16 Dec 97
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