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Children love celebrating Halloween – it’s definitely up there with one of the most ‘fun’ days of the year. Need we ask why? Gory costumes, pumpkin carving and lots of treats - it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise! However, for children with coeliac disease, Halloween can be a difficult time, as they’re left faced wondering why they can’t eat all the sweets and treats their friends are enjoying.

Luckily, over the past 5 years the retail market for gluten-free food has grown dramatically, meaning there is a much greater choice of treats than ever before. With a little bit of research and forward planning, your child certainly doesn’t have to feel like they’re missing out.

If your child is going to a friend’s Halloween party, it may be a good idea to discuss the child’s dietary needs with the organiser. Ask what food is being served so you can substitute similar gluten-free versions, so your child feels included. If the party is taking place at an activity centre, it’s worth ringing beforehand to check what food is provided as part of the party package, as it isn't normally gluten-free. If it’s not, send your child with a packed lunch, or drop off the packed lunch to the centre beforehand. There’s no reason why your child can’t enjoy Halloween parties just like other children.

If you've decided to hold the Halloween party, again with a little bit of thought and planning, the party can be a very enjoyable and delicious one! Why not try making a gluten-free Halloween cake, we have the perfect gluten and dairy free recipe from our friends at [**Free From Favourites**][1]:

**Gluten & Dairy Free Halloween Marble Cake**


For the plain sponge:

• 125g dairy free spread

• 125g caster sugar

• 2 eggs

• 112g gluten free self raising flour

• 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

• 15g ground almonds

• few drops of orange food colour

**For the chocolate sponge:**

• 125g dairy free spread

• 125g caster sugar

• 2 eggs

• 82g gluten free self raising flour

• 30g gluten and dairy free cocoa powder

• 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

• 15g ground almonds

**For the chocolate buttercream:**

• 125g dairy free butter

• 50g gluten and dairy free cocoa powder

• 200g icing sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC
2. Make up the plain and chocolate sponges in two separate bowls, as follows:
3. Cream the butter and sugar together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
5. Add the flour, cocoa powder (for the chocolate sponge) and the food dye (into the plain sponge), xanthan gum, baking powder and almonds and beat well to combine
6. Line two 8 inch round baking pans
7. Place alternate spoonfuls of plain and chocolate mixture into the baking pans
8. Swirl the mixture with a knife to create the marble effect
9. Smooth out the top of the cakes with a spatula
10. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
11. Remove the cakes from the oven and cake pans and allow to cool on a wire rack
12. To make the buttercream beat the butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar together until light and fluffy
13. Use the butter cream to sandwich the two cakes together
14. Top with Halloween decorations of your choice

Check out their website [here][2] for more scrumptious free from recipes!

**Happy Halloween!**




[1]: http://freefromfavourites.com/Recipe/View/146/gluten--dairy-free-halloween-marble-cake
[2]: http://freefromfavourites.com/

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