I’m delinquent in my postings…..but I come with a NEW recipe!

Seriously…I don’t know why y’all stick around…I’ve been terrible with my blog posting since working on my next book, moving to California and everything else going on! Life has certainly gotten in the way. But so many new and exciting things to talk about:

1. The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals is on pre-order! Go here to place your order for my next book (due out Feb. 2013) It’s packed with snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and treat recipes. These are easy, no fuss recipes that are my family’s favorites. They are easily adapted to be gluten-free as well. I love that all these recipes can be made with dairy or eggs too, depending on your family’s preferences or dietary needs. I LOVED working on this book and can’t wait to share it with all of you and your families.

2. Food Allergy Mama is getting a makeover! Actually not me, but my blog. It’s in the process of getting freshened up, so in the very near future you are going to see an updated, more user-friendly version. Can’t wait!

3. Finally, a NEW recipe! OK, I was just posting photos on my Facebook and realized I haven’t posted a new recipe since February?? Crazy. So sorry. This is a photo that I just looked at today…and realized how much I LOVE this new Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (in the new book!!), and what I love even more are my FA son John’s freckles in this cake shot. Honestly…I’m so blessed to have these amazing children of mine, even more blessed that despite living with life-threatening food allergies, kids like John eat deliciously like anyone else.

4. One last thing! My first book, The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book is available on Amazon Kindle for FREE right now, as of today October 24, 2012. Order here. May not be free tomorrow or the next day, but if you’re reading this today…I highly recommend you download it as a backup to the print edition. Nothing better than FREE!!!

Love you all, thank you for your patience during this crazy time!!

Favorite Chocolate Sheet Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Serves 8

I often call this cake my “after-school” cake, because it’s my children’s ultimate treat after a long day at school. It’s the perfect cake to make for gatherings, holidays, and birthdays too. I love it to make for my own birthday because it is so darn easy. The cake will keep, covered, for up to three days covered in the refrigerator; heat individual slices for a 10 seconds in the microwave to slightly soften the Ganache before serving.

3 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour

1 ¾ cups sugar

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

2/3 cup dairy-free margarine, melted

1 ¾ cups dairy-free buttermilk (1 3/4 c. soy or rice milk mixed with 1 1/2 T. vinegar, let stand 5 minutes)

2 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache

2 cups dairy, egg, and nut–free chocolate chips

½ cup soy or rice milk

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350ºF and coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with dairy-free cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt using a wire whisk.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the melted margarine, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan.

Meanwhile, make the chocolate ganache: Place the chocolate chips, soy milk, and vanilla in a small saucepan over very low heat and heat, stirring with rubber spatula, until most of the chocolate chips are melted. Remove from the heat and stir with spatula until the remaining chocolate chips are melted.

Once the cake is cooled, pour the ganache over the cake and spread it out evenly. Store the cake covered in the refrigerator.

26 Responses

  1. Yay! So excited for a new recipe and even more
    Excited for the new book! I have pre-ordered mine and can’t wait
    Until February! In the meantime, I will be
    Making this chocolate cake, yum!! 🙂

  2. Pre-ordered your new book weeks ago on Amazon! So excited!!!! Your current cookbook is our family favorite. I use it multiple times a week – every week!!!! We have an 11 year old daughter who has life threatening food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and milk so your cookbook is perfect for her. Our college age daughter was recently diagnosed with Eosinophil Esophagitis after being very sick for a long time. She too has been diagnosed with many hidden food allergies and your book helps me adapt recipes that are safe for her as well. I share your blog and your book with every FA family I know. They all LOVE and appreciate what you do so much! Thank you!

  3. I <3 the new recipe!
    When my son was 7 weeks old the Dr. Told me he had food allergies that were coming through my breastmilk. I was told to either stop breastfeeding (the thought made me want to pass out!) or eliminate dairy, soy, eggs, and peanuts. It was a tough road but never once felt deprived once I got your book and subscribed to your blogs!
    My son has recently "grown out" of all his allergies but I can't help but get the new book! There are still a TON of fantastic recipes with healthier swaps! Perfect day to day recipes. Thanks so much!

  4. Hi Kelly!
    We are a new non-profit organization, Peanuts Are For Elephants, Inc. bringing light to children with food allergies.
    I am a grandmother of 3 boys, two of which suffer with severe food allergies. We will be helping families in need of allergy alert products and information … tee shirts, books, bracelets, etc. We need your help!! Thank you, love, Paula Kay

  5. Yay! I pre-ordered the new book! The best thing about it is it will come around my birthday, and I’ll probably have forgotten that I ordered it and get a super birthday present in the mail!

  6. Dear Kelly,
    I found your site about a month ago and have spent hours on it. It is hard to convey how much you have improved the quality of life for us. Of course I am still worried about safety issues but having the resources to give my kids delicious foods that most kids get to enjoy freely has taken care of so much of the emotional stuff. I was so happy when I saw your hot cocoa recipe I got tears in my eyes. Last year my daughter saw a TV show where a child came in from the snow and his mom made him hot chocolate. All winter she wanted it and I could not find a good option for her.

    Thank you for all of the smiles you have brought to my daughter’s face and the times you have helped make her feel good about herself because she has something special and delicious just like her friends. There will be many! My son is too small to indulge yet but he will also be benefiting from the recipes you have shared. And thank you for the smiles on my face – your recipes have helped me create some or our sweetest memories!

  7. I’m so excited about your new book! I just preordered it and can’t wait to get it! I don’t know what I would have done without your first book. It was the first book I purchased, after finding out my son had severe egg and peanut allergies. He loves all your recipes and it was such a lifesaver! His asks for your blueberry bread all the time and we keep a constant stock of pancakes and pizza dough in our freezer. We just found out our new baby has a bad dairy allergy, so we are going to get so much use out of both of your books now! They are perfect for our family! Thank you so much for all you do!!!

  8. Dear Kelly,

    Thank you so much for the work and care you put in to this blog, your books, and your task of informing and educating people about food allergies. My 16-month old was diagnosed with milk, peanut, and oat allergies a few months ago and since then I have been scouring the web for information and recipes. I downloaded your baking book (before it was FREE!) on my kindle and use it constantly for tasty, allergy-free recipes for my daughter (and me!). I can’t wait for your new book! Wish it were coming out sooner! One question – will it have nutrition information (calories, fat, carbs., protein, etc.) listed with the recipes? That would be really helpful! Thank you!

  9. Hi Kelly!
    Welcome to SoCal! I am in San Diego and I am new to your blog. My now seven year old son was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies (dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts) before the age of one. My father (now in his 70’s) has had life threatening food allergies all his life. Even though I grew up having to live around my Dad’s allergies I was still shocked when my son was diagnosed, no one else in the family has LTFA. I came to find your blog by searching the web for a Dairy/Egg free lasagna. And I just want to say WOW!!!! You are amazing!!! And thank you so much for sharing your recipes and a peek into your life. I look forward to your new book! Oh…one question that I didn’t see an answer to…. in your lasagna is it 1 1/2 teaspoons or Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar???? I made it with the teaspoon amount and it was great!!! I have also made your corn muffins and apple pie. We just apple picking with the boy scouts and my son wanted a pie that he could eat! So thank you again for being an amazing food allergy MAMA and for sharing!!! A big SoCal HUG to you! 🙂

  10. I’m so excited about your new cookbook! I also just downloaded your other cookbook too! I have 3 kids all with different food allergies so its interesting trying to accommodate all of them. My 1 year old is allergic to dairy, eggs and wheat. Once we got his diagnosis I stopped baking but now I’m looking forward to trying it again and your new cookbook will be a great addition in the coming months! Thank you!

  11. Any chance the offer of the free Kindle download of your fabulous first book could be extended to your Canadian audience?

    With thanks,

  12. Yay!! I have preordered your new cookbook and even though I have your Baking Book I put a free copy on my Kindle. I am sure it will come in handy when I travel. I made your Emerald Isle Coffee Cake last night for dessert, my guests raved! THANK YOU!

  13. Kelly we love your cookbook, I have shared your blog and recipes with sooo many food allergy families and it has literally transformed their lives. I met a five year old little girl with dairy and egg allergies, she had never had a chocolate chip cookie, I shared your recipe with her Mom and she was so happy she was in tears. You are a blessing to this community. Looking forward to the new book!

  14. Congrats on the cookbook. The recipes says that it serves 8 but 9X13 pan I would think would serve more. Would butter cream frosting work. We don’t have milk allergies just egg and nuts. I want to try this cake for my son’s birthday party.

  15. Dear Kelly,
    Thank you for your hard work on your books and for sharing recipes on this website. I found you when I went searching for cookie recipes that were truly dairy-free. I don’t personally have children with food allergies, but I am aware of how serious they can be. This past spring, I was asked to bake treats for a piano recital. There was a little boy there who couldn’t have anything because of a dairy allergy. Knowing that I will be baking for the recital again, I am determined to find treat recipes that he can enjoy and his parents can feel safe in giving to him. I am also baking for a bake sale for our church. Again, I wanted to find recipes that were safe for those with food allergies to enjoy. You have provided many holiday cookie recipes on here that I will definitely be making soon. I will also be checking out your books for more recipes to try out. You have provided a lot of information and links that I will definitely be reading more about as well to become more aware of food allergies. I know you do this for your family and others with food allergies, but I wanted to let you know that it is appreciated by those not touched personally by food allergies as well. So thank you!

  16. Congratulations on the book and Thank You for this recipe! I’m pinning it. I’ll get your book on my Amazon wish list and keep my fingers crossed for Christmas!

  17. Mine came out a little dry. I did use butter and a mix for buttermilk. Maybe I should have used the soymilk and vinegar. I was wondering how other peoples turned out.

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    Many thanks!

  19. Just made this ganache recipe for our fathers day cake! Wow! This is a special one. Marked the page in our recipe book with a ribbon. You’re fabulous! Kelly, you, Enjoy Life and Divvies keep my family sustained and happy! Thanks!

  20. I am eager to try many of your recipes, but my son has a soy allergy, as well as egg whites, peanuts, and tree nuts. Would it be possible for me to substitute regular dairy milk for soy/rice milk in your recipes?