24 Sep 2014
When making cakes for a kid’s birthday party, make sure you use the ingredients that are not harmful for them. If you are not aware of these kinds of ingredients, this blog is a must-read for you.
Cake decor items
Children are likely to pick up objects and put them into their mouth. It is their natural touch, sense, taste and explore behavior. If unsupervised they may even pick up something, which can harm them. Cake decorations are great examples of this-the small figures, little trees, bows and ribbons, fragile ornaments and sharp edges. Using of inedible ornaments may make the cake look beautiful but it can prove to be disastrous for little ones who have investigative minds. So, when the cake is ready to be cut, remove these kinds of decorations and put them in such a place, which is far from the reach of the children present in the birthday party.
What you basically see is what you actually get-the halved walnuts on the top of a cake. This is one thing but is it necessary to use the flaked, chopped pieces in cake mix or the mixed nut pebbledash for decoration? It is certainly not necessary to use them in cakes for kids.
Icing, energy providing carbohydrates caster, demerara, granulated are all that’s needed in a birthday cake. Fructose, sucrose, glucose, lactose and maltose are all kinds of sugar with various degrees of sweetness. However, it does not end here.
Extrinsic sugars are the ones that are added to foods and intrinsic ones are part of naturally sweet-tasting foods. The former causes damage to the teeth whereas the latter contain vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Xylitol and sorbitol are bulk sweeteners and contain about ½ the calorie value sugar. They are mainly used in diabetic jams, sugar-free sweets and so on. The intense sweeteners usually contain no calories. They are useful for calorie-controlled diets. So that you actually know which sugars the cake ingredients contain, check out the packaging for nutritional information.
This is an additive, which is used in food coloring. It’s permitted but was listed as one, which is to be avoided. It causes asthmatics to get wheezy attacks.
However, there is no hard and fast rule of what basic ingredients are to be avoided. Hygiene, safety, personal taste and common sense are all that counts!
If my clients ask me to use these ingredients while making their kids birthday cakes in Brisbane, I always aware them of the health damages that may be caused by them. However, on client’s request I do use these ingredients sometimes.