My youngest daughter developed a severe egg allergy when she was about 9 months old. One day, I gave her some scrambled eggs, and she had an anaphylactic reaction. Now we are careful with avoiding eggs like in the Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake.
As a breastfeeding mother, I also cannot eat eggs because she still has an allergic reaction, though it’s milder. So, many recipes I used to make with eggs are now getting revamped as egg-less.
One such recipe is my Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake. It starts with a boxed spice cake mix and then we add pumpkin. This year I decided to drizzle it in dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is one of my favorite ingredients. It adds a richness and turns so many desserts into delectable treats. I have another recipe for pie coming with it that I think you’re going to love.
Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Spice Poke CakePrint
This is an egg-less Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake made with dulce de leche syrup.
- 1 box Spice cake mix
- 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 13.4 oz can of dulce de leche
- 1 tub of whipped topping
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon raw sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
- Combine the cake mix, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and water and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Pour into a floured and greased 9 x 13 pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Pour the dulce de leche into a bowl and heat for 30 seconds until it’s runny.
- Poke hole all over the cake and pour the dulce de leche over those holes.
- Pop it in the fridge for at least an hour or so, or until you’re ready to serve.
- Combine whipped topping, powdered sugar, and cream cheese and whip until it’s all well combined.
- Frost the cake and sprinkle with raw sugar.
- Serve within an hour or two.
Baby Food Allergies
Do you know much about anaphylaxis in young children? Did you know that babies and young children can have a different reaction than the typical symptoms older kids and adults experience? I was very familiar with the typical symptoms of an adult as I’ve had anaphylactic reactions three times that required epi-pens. But, I had no idea babies and toddlers were different until my baby’s reaction, and I began to research it.
When a baby experiences anaphylaxis, here are some typical symptoms — these usually start within minutes of being exposed to the allergen:
- red rash around their mouth and face
- runny nose
- projectile vomiting
My daughter had all of these within just a few moments of starting to eat the eggs. This was just her second time eating eggs. First I noticed the rash developed immediately around her mouth. Then, her nose began to run and she had a cough and she kept trying to clear her throat — THIS — This is how you know your baby’s throat might be swelling from anaphylaxis.
I dosed her with Benadryl because I suspected it was an allergic reaction. At that time, we had no idea she had an allergy.
Now we keep her epi pen nearby at all times. Her doctor told us to avoid Benadryl because it can mask the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Her recommendation for our baby is to not give Benadryl, but instead give her the epi-pen and then head to the ER or her office if anything like this happens again. Thankfully, I am extremely aware, so we have not had this happen again.
Do you have a baby with any food allergies? Out of 4 children, she is our only one with food allergies.