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Alternative Birthday Cakes: How to Give Your Little One a Happy Birthday despite Food Restrictions

Posted 5.3.12 | Mallory West

Birthday cakes are so much more than just the ingredients that go into them. They are symbolic of accomplishment, celebration and childhood in general. Each birthday cake is a milestone for another celebrated year of life. Every parent feels an instinctive need to provide their child with a birthday cake.

When your child has a food allergy or other condition limiting the food that they can eat, a typical birthday cake may not be an option. I am always amazed by the measures that parents take to provide a suitable birthday cake for their child. I’ve talked to parents who are traveling to different stores all over town to gather allergy-safe alternative ingredients for their masterpiece cake.  If you are looking for an allergy-friendly cake recipe, there are several in our Food Allergy Cookbook. Please keep in mind that allergy-friendly doesn’t necessarily mean allergy-free so be sure to check if the ingredients are appropriate for your child’s specific food allergies. For some more tips on allergy-friendly birthday parties, visit

For kids who are not able to eat food at all, this is an even greater challenge. In these cases, parents get extremely creative making fun, non-edible birthday cakes. For example, Connor’s birthday “Neo-Cake” or Sy’s foodless bowling cake. My sister Caroline has a feeding tube but up until last year, she was able to eat SOME food by mouth so we always just got her a regular birthday cake. She can no longer have any food by mouth due to swallowing problems so this year, I made her a fake pink and purple princess cake out of cardboard, foam paper, ribbon, tissue paper and glitter paint (pictured below). We poked little holes in it and inserted candles for her to blow out. Her favorite part of birthdays is singing and blowing out the candles so she didn’t even seem to miss eating cake. In fact I think she loved this foodless cake even more because she can keep it and we can relight the candles and sing over and over again (although she might think she is 300 years old by now).









The moral of the story is that food restrictions don’t have to stop you from giving your little one a happy birthday. When it comes down to it, birthdays are not about the cake but about the effort that goes into making your little one feel special on their day. With a little creativity, you can still have a great time celebrating another year and milestone.


Have a great allergy-friendly cake recipe to share? Please do! We’d also love to see pictures of your creative foodless cake ideas!


Allergy-Friendly Birthday Party Recipes and Activities

Posted 6.11.15 | Nutrition Specialist

Are you hosting a birthday party for your food-allergic little one, or maybe you’re expecting food-allergic guests? No need to reinvent the wheel! In this blog, you’ll find links to several blogs we’ve previously created which include a number of allergen-free party activities and recipes/snacks!


We like some of these recipes so much that we’d even serve them to non-allergic guests. Nobody would know the difference!

Here’s a delicious alternative to your traditional birthday cake:

Is your child receiving his/her nutrition via a feeding tube and unable to eat by mouth? Check out this “foodless birthday cake” that our colleague Mallory created for her sister:

If you’re a parent to a child who does not have food allergies, however would like to learn more about food allergies in order to host a “food-allergy friendly party”, try reading this blog:

This post has it all, including information on hosting a party with guests who have food allergies, sending your food-allergic child to a party, and various recipes:


Non-Food Activities

In our society, we tend to center most of our celebrations around food, however this does not have to be the case! We can enjoy our birthdays (and any other celebration) without involving food at all! Check out these links for non-food related party activities:

These web sites suggest party activities for school celebrations; however these ideas can easily be adapted for home celebrations as well!

How have you celebrated your little one’s birthday in an allergen-friendly way? We’d love to hear your ideas!

-Kendra Valle, RDN

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