Yes you can LICK the Icing!
So after writing all about some of the dangers of artificial colors, you are probably wondering if everything we eat in our house is WHITE? Unfortunately, for Lady A, the answer is often yes (with the exception of some colorful papaya, mangos, green veggies, egg yolks and POMEGRANATE Juice!!). But just because her diet is low on color (due to it being low in salicylates ) doesn’t mean that it is low on FUN! Quite the contrary, we search high and low, every day, to try to make the 25 food- diet look, smell, feel and TASTE different every day! ONE solution.. Icing as a SPECIAL TREAT!
I first got an eduction in icing making back at her first birthday, when she and I both were on an elimination diet. Kids with Food Allergies Recipe Forum helped me come up with a cake recipe and icing recipe that we BOTH could eat… Unfortunately, then, I knew little about food coloring and therefore used artificial colors (Wilton paste’s) to make this cake:
Good thing for us, at that time she was not really into eating the cake therefore she ingested very little of the artificial stuff. Can I tell you she reacted to the pink frosting, back then, more than 2 years ago? NO… because in retrospect she was REACTING EVERY DAY to everything…to my breast milk, to my hairspray, to the pureed prunes, to the applesauce: screaming every few nights, all night long, refluxing every day, regressing with her babbling, and having days of “blankness” and no emotion and no smiles.
Fast forward to today, and it is a different story, there are days, weeks and sometimes even maybe a MONTH that we get to have the joy of the REAL Lady A… not reacting, not in pain. Now that her diet is much, much cleaner, it becomes VERY obvious to us when she does begin reacting to something, because there is a night and day difference, the switch flips, and she is GONE and the screaming and blankness are back (thankfully this disconnected, defiant, miserable, anti-social, painful period only lasts a few weeks at most, and then she is back to the real Lady A that is happy and cheerful, social and playful, thoughtful and full of hugs and kisses).
So in an effort to allow her to have her cake and eat it too… with yummy icing…we have created this recipe for her (and the rest of it are loving it too! Waaay better than the stuff in the can if you ask me, and it keeps in an airtight jar (soften at room temp) for a week or so):
Lady A’ 3 Free 4-Ingredient Icing
(original inspiration from KFA, modified slightly to encompass ingredients that she can tolerate)
1lb ORGANIC Powdered Sugar (we like the whole foods brand or Central Market because they are made with tapioca starch instead of corn starch, but the other brands will do in a pinch for those of you without a CORN allergy)
1/3 cup Organic Spectrum Shortening (pressed palm oil, NON- Hydrogenated)
Rice milk & Pomegranate Juice to taste and consistency (start with 1/2 teaspoon of each and increase SLOWLY, a little goes a LONG way and you can end up with icing soup if you are not careful!)
Mix all ingredients together into a smooth and creamy scrumptuous icing spread! A Dollop will do you…this stuff is super sweet so you don’t need much to make a muffin into a super special treat! 😉