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Old 08-10-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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So disappointed that Babycakes...

cannot be guaranteed nut-free because their gluten free flour was processed on same equipment with almond flour and hazelnut flour. When I first saw it I was so excited our tree nut allergic son would get to go to a bakery and have a doughnut or other bakery treat. Not for nut allergic
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, it takes money and space for separate and duplicate equipment.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Babycakes just confuses me...

They label their flour soy-free, but not nut-free when soy, almonds, and hazelnuts are all processed on the same line and decontaminated the exact same way. I understand that they are not "nut-free" due to regulations requiring them to label coconut as a tree nut, but I really think that federal regulations need to be a bit more specific when it comes to labeling something as "...-free".

If it makes you feel any better, their facility also uses corn, rice, apples, and probably many other things that happen to make even Babycakes off limits to many of us with food allergies.

You could always make it up to him by getting him a doughnut or ice cream maker if he has any cooking desires. I don't eat out anymore except at WDW due to my food allergies, but I don't feel left out since everyone comes over to my house and we make ice cream and sorbet flavors that can't be bought in the stores.
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Babycakes just confuses me...

They label their flour soy-free, but not nut-free when soy, almonds, and hazelnuts are all processed on the same line and decontaminated the exact same way. I understand that they are not "nut-free" due to regulations requiring them to label coconut as a tree nut, but I really think that federal regulations need to be a bit more specific when it comes to labeling something as "...-free".

If it makes you feel any better, their facility also uses corn, rice, apples, and probably many other things that happen to make even Babycakes off limits to many of us with food allergies.

You could always make it up to him by getting him a doughnut or ice cream maker if he has any cooking desires. I don't eat out anymore except at WDW due to my food allergies, but I don't feel left out since everyone comes over to my house and we make ice cream and sorbet flavors that can't be bought in the stores.
Yes I agree it is confusing and I understand its costly its just disappointing there is no nut-free bakery or ice cream place
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Yes I agree it is confusing and I understand its costly its just disappointing there is no nut-free bakery or ice cream place
My DD is allergic to nuts also. It's tough, but not impossible when it comes to treats at WDW:

She's had ice cream many times at WDW. If you let them know you have a nut allergy, a manager will prepare the ice cream using an uncontaminated tub from the back and a clean scoop. DD even had a hot fudge sundae at the Plaza on our last trip!

For donuts, Tusker House has Krispy Kremes on their buffet and they are nut free.

I've heard that BOG cupcakes are nut free, but I haven't been there myself - I read it online somewhere.

DD had chocolate cake at LTT on our last two trips.

Dole Whips are nut free.

Starring Roles bakery had prepackaged allergen free brownies and cookies. DD said they were pretty good.

We've also done the Wishes dessert party twice. Both times, the manager brought DD a platter of assorted safe desserts and she loved them!
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My DD is allergic to nuts also. It's tough, but not impossible when it comes to treats at WDW:

She's had ice cream many times at WDW. If you let them know you have a nut allergy, a manager will prepare the ice cream using an uncontaminated tub from the back and a clean scoop. DD even had a hot fudge sundae at the Plaza on our last trip!

For donuts, Tusker House has Krispy Kremes on their buffet and they are nut free.

I've heard that BOG cupcakes are nut free, but I haven't been there myself - I read it online somewhere.

DD had chocolate cake at LTT on our last two trips.

Dole Whips are nut free.

Starring Roles bakery had prepackaged allergen free brownies and cookies. DD said they were pretty good.

We've also done the Wishes dessert party twice. Both times, the manager brought DD a platter of assorted safe desserts and she loved them!
Thank you so much for those tips! It is so hard to go anywhere with a food allergy child I appreciate you taking the time to share!
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Thank you so much for those tips! It is so hard to go anywhere with a food allergy child I appreciate you taking the time to share!
No problem. I'm happy to help.

Have a great trip!
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We have one gluten free child and one peanut allergic child. Not sure if this helps, but i heard they do wash the equipment and throw out the first 30 lbs of flour to eliminate cross contamination. I just took my peanut allergic daughter to try Babycakes here in NY so that when we are in Disney we can have a birthday cake from them. She is not allergic to tree nuts, but I was concerned about any cross contamination with them. Disney cakes was not able to guarantee a peanut free environment for a cake either, so this was our only other option.
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cannot be guaranteed nut-free because their gluten free flour was processed on same equipment with almond flour and hazelnut flour. When I first saw it I was so excited our tree nut allergic son would get to go to a bakery and have a doughnut or other bakery treat. Not for nut allergic
Yes, I have a huge problem with them.. they advertise like they are the end-all be-all for allergens but are not.

We had a bad experience at DTD when I inquired about nuts and the person working acted as if I was offending them because I was asking about their use of products due to a nut allergy. Well gee, if you want to see my kid's lips swell up, almost have a seizure and then vomit everywhere after eating something with nuts, then be my guest and act rude with me. They actually said there is no nuts here. But because I was doing research on my phone, I found out that they do use certain flours and coconut oil so their products are NOT for folks with nut allergies. If a place cannot take allergies seriously then it is not for us.

Personally I think ANY food allergy person is BEST to stick with Disney dining and their options, and forego BabyCakes. AS another poster stated, there are several nut free options on property and they are nut free as DD has not had any reactions.
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BOG does have nut-free dessert options that are absolutely delicious IMO. I had the lemon meringue cupcake and chocolate puff. Others are probably nut-free too, but those were the only two that I could eat due to my allergies (the fruit species in this case). I did read where someone had posted that the garnishes could not be guaranteed nut-free since they came from another facility and that a chef had prepared desserts without garnish for that person.

I've had some bad experiences at WDW though recently, including a chef who was pretty peeved that I inquired about an uncommon allergy that was advertised in many of their dishes. He wouldn't help me find anything to eat and at the end I didn't even trust him if he had suggested an item from the menu to eat. I also ended up with a huge slab of fish on my plate at another restaurant after talking with one of the best chefs I met on my last trip. It can just be kinda hit or miss with the chefs and food service, but then again Disney isn't exactly comping them enough to care IMO and the powers above aren't always providing an environment that allows for the safe feeding of those with food allergies.

Power washing the processing equipment doesn't always remove enough of the offending proteins for the highly allergic and you just never know if the flour in your piece of cake is coming from a batch processed soon after nuts or not. I had a reaction at WDW last year near the end of my vacation and I was pretty miserable for awhile...enough to make me even more cautious...and really appreciative of how nice and plentiful the bathrooms there are. I've been known to tempt fate (oh, to be young ), but anaphylactic reactions are great for making even the most appetizing food item in the world unappealing to me afterwards. It is just not worth it to me to take certain risks on vacation.
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