Baking for a someone with coeliac disease

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Hi Everyone,

Its my friends birthday soon and I'm tasked with making a cake and several cupcakes the cake itself will contain gluten but as her little sister has coeliac disease I've decided to do the cupcakes gluten free, these cupcakes will be in the form of high heel shoes so what i need to know is that I'm going about everything properly. for the cupcakes ill be using gluten-free flour, butter, caster sugar, eggs and milk and for the icing i will be using butter, buttermilk, pure icing sugar (as I've heard some contains cornflour). I'm also attempting gluten-free shortbread to make the heel of the shoe etc and am using gluten free flour, caster sugar and butter. other added things will be chocolate - milk and white. So ultimately i was just wondering if I'm on the right lines in terms of ingredients and if anyone has anything i should touch on. i have about a week before i need to start any baking so appreciate any feedback anyone has.

Thanks Michael

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    Check the chocolate got it, Anything else you can think off just wanna double check all the ingredients are good for use.

    Thanks smile

  • Posted

    Coeliac UK have a list of GF free products but some GF free choc for eg is quality street, matchmakers, after eiight and milky bar buttons ....

    Thorntons do GF free choc too

    so plenty choice...


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    First of all check out the Coeliac Org UK website as lots of info on there and a Talk To Us link for questions and recipes etc. Coeliac disease is not an allergy it is an auto-immune condition and the diet is essential to maintain good health.

    I am Coeliac. I use Juvela or Glutafin white flour mix for cake making (safest and can be obtained on line) - I also buy Gluten Free baking powder which is available from Tesco - ask their Customer Relations team for help to confirm which one.if unsure.

    Butter, sugar, milk, eggs are all ok. Read the ingredients on the packets of everything - ie chocolate or any additional items as they are now supposed to list the allergens in BOLD - so look out for added Wheat flour, Barley or Rye - as all contain gluten. I buy Tesco's cheapest 75% dark chocolate regularly as that is ok.

    I also buy their Gluten free Chocolate Sponge cakes which are available in the Free From Section (as well as their biscuits and other items)....and that this is the most yummy chocolate cake I have ever had!! A good reserve if all else fails smile Better to be safe than sorry as you don't want to make anyone ill.

    Incidentally, Cornflour is gluten free - so anything thickened with that or Potato flour is ok.

    Another important point is contamination. You need to ensure your baking surface area is totally clean and free from any gluten containing wheat flour (including dust from the flour) especially if you have done other "normal" baking previous to it. It is essential that no contamination takes place so all cake tins, spoons, spatulas etc must be thoroughly washed before using to make anything gluten free. Coeliacs can be made ill just by the dust or a crumb of gluten so cannot stress this enough.

    Coeliac Org UK offer their Food Directory which lists products which are safe for Coeliacs....your friend may have a copy of this which you could borrow. Most Coeliacs join the society and this book is invaluable initially as so easy to get glutened if you are not very very careful.

    Good Luck!

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    Thanks you both I think I'm set now will be checking all the packaging of chocolates and other items I get and will makes sure all surfaces have been cleaned and food will be prepared away from any other food to make sure. Thanks for the website I will definitely have a look through hopefully everything goes okay now!

    Thanks again smile


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