This week I received a brand spanking new copy of The Divvies Bakery Cookbook for review, plus I have a chance to give a second cookbook away to one of my readers! (Instructions on how to enter are down at the bottom of the post.)
[Update: entries/comments have been closed, the winner will be announced soon.]
As you would expect from Lori Sandler, the founder of Divvies, all the recipes are free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and all dairy products. The preparing to bake chapter ("Before You Begin") has some of the better ingredient substitution lists I've seen. Most of the them are easily found in the grocery store, and she isn't afraid to name specific brands, such as Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Silk Soy Creamer, by name. Ener-G Egg Replacer makes an occasional appearance, but most of the recipes are not dependent on it.
The baked goods are organized by occasion, rather than type, so that apple pie is grouped with family celebrations, oatmeal cookies with school treats and devil's food cake in the birthday party section. A complete list of recipes in the table of contents keeps it from getting confusing. The short chapter of kid friendly homemade drinks, such as Grape Soda and Hot-Mulled Apple Cider was a nice surprise.
So far I've tried out the Divvies Famous Chocolate Cupcakes and Vanilla Frosting recipes. I was very curious to see how the cuppies would turn out, since the instructions break many of my own baking guidelines, such as always sifting cocoa and powdered sugar, mixing the sugar with the wet ingredients and adding wet to dry ingredients, rather than the other way around. I was very happy with the cupcake's moist crumb and light texture, as well as the smooth and creamy frosting.
Divvies Famous Chocolate Cupcakes(
Now for the giveaway! The cookbook is being shipped directly from the publisher, and they have limited the contest to the United States and Canada. (Apologies to the rest of you.) There are three ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment! Please make sure you either leave an email address in the comment or link your name back to a location (blog, etc.) where I can find it.
2. Blog or tweet about the giveaway with a link back to this post. (There's a handy new button at the bottom of the post.) Leave a second comment letting me know you have done so.
3. Subscribe to The Allergic Kid either by email or in a reader. Leave another comment!
The contest will close at midnight EST on Saturday, July 31st, and I'll announce the winner (to be determined by Random.org) on Sunday, August 1st. In case I am either unable to reach the winner via email to or verify blogs/tweets/subscriptions, I'll redraw as necessary.