Hello! Thank you for visiting Kate’s Safe Sweet, we are so happy that you stopped by. Kate’s Safe and Sweet was inspired by my daughter Penny who lives with severe food allergies. And while in development of our products we learned that my son also has severe food allergies as well.
When my husband and I welcomed Penny into the world our lives were turned upside down more so then expected. After many trips to specialists we watched our infant daughter get her first (of many) allergy tests she was diagnosed with food allergies at 9 months old. Penny had officially become the “1” in 1 in 13 children in the U.S. that have food allergies.
Just two months later Penny suffered from a severe food allergy reaction called anaphylaxis (an·a·phy·lax·is) and she almost lost her life due to food allergies. We were prepared and had to administer epinephrine to save her life. From that day forward I vowed that I would devote my time to learning more about allergies, how best to keep her safe, advocate for her, and making her life as normal as possible.
Penny’s first birthday was quickly approaching and I needed to figure out how we could have a cake free from 5 of the top 8 allergens that she was allergic to. Turning to a bakery wasn’t an option- too risky, too scary, and one just didn’t exist locally.
Although I had never baked a cake without milk, eggs or butter I knew it was something I needed to learn to keep my daughter safe. After much trial and error and many failed attempts I was excited to have a cake that was free from eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy to celebrate her birthday with. I will never forget the smile on her face as she ‘smashed’ her cake and how the guests couldn’t tell their cake was also allergen-free.
Penny turned 9 years old this Spring (and my son turned 5 years old) and we have been enjoying homemade cakes and cupcakes for many of our celebrations, and most often toting along a safe cupcake for friends and family parties too.
Over these past years one thing that has continued to stand-out for me is the stress, pressure, and uneasiness around birthdays and special occasions- a time when you want it to be lighthearted and joyful. While I now feel comfortable baking for her I know many families don’t and have seen children being excluded from parties and celebrations because of their allergies.
When your child has allergies you typically can’t just walk into a grocery store or bakery and order a cake – so you turn to making it yourself. But you then ask yourself some of the same questions I did at my daughters birthdays and all the holidays and celebrations in between – how can I bake without eggs, butter, and milk? And could I also exclude gluten so my niece with celiac disease can feel included as well? What flour is safe? And where can I actually find that flour?! What egg replacer is going to work? How will I get the cake to rise? Are there any mixes out there that don’t have a peanut or tree nut ‘may contain’ label on them?
With all these questions I knew it was time to have a better, safer, and easier solution and has led me to create Kate’s Safe and Sweet, baking mixes and a baking box for children and families with food allergies, celiac disease, and special diets (ie vegan, artificial food dye free).
As a food allergy Mom I am passionate about helping others and I want to empower families like ours to celebrate with less stress and more fun. I have co-founded a local food allergy support group, helped others with recipes, advice, volunteered for food allergy events, spread the word about teal pumpkins, worked for a national food allergy non-profit, and advocated for children like mine.
I have also been featured on Spokin’s top 100 women in food allergies list in 2021.
I’m fully ingrained in the “teal village” and I want to welcome you to the Kate’s Safe and Sweet family!
We regularly give back to food allergy and celiac disease non-profits and food pantries. We recently have become part of Food Equality Initiatives (FEI) 7% fund helping to combat food insecurity specifically as it pertains to those needing access to allergy-friendly foods. As an allergy-friendly brand, we know FEI’s work is vital which is why we are excited to partner with them.
IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE SAFE & SWEET!