As the son of one of the world’s greatest cake decorators, I was ready to jump into the family business with enthusiasm and fresh ideas to expand celebration cake sales throughout the UK. It was only when my baby daughter, Daisy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at just 13 months old, that I realised my sweet family history was to be punished by a cruel twist of nature.
On Daisy’s second birthday she was the first Slatter child in generations to be denied a spectacular birthday cake for fear her blood sugar levels would rage out of control. Her blood sugars were frighteningly erratic for her tiny frame despite a relentless regime of up to 20 blood glucose tests and 5 insulin injections, a day. I learnt quickly that Type 1 Diabetes was a cruel and unforgiving disease that struck children at random and for no apparent reason. Technology was at hand and Daisy became the first toddler in Ayrshire to be given an insulin pump at just 2 years old. This clever kit meant she would be able to eat any sweet treats she desired (within reason!) as long as the carbohydrate content was calculated correctly. Daisy’s pump would then administer the exact amount of insulin, through some thin tubing and deliver it, directly under the skin.
We were back on course and Daisy would be able to celebrate her third birthday with a special party and birthday cake.
Sadly, Daisy soon became unwell again with a pale complexion, bloated tummy, and bouts of irritable behaviour and was soon diagnosed with coeliac disease. Coeliac disease was another random blow to our family and we suddenly found ourselves scrupulously monitoring everything Daisy ate to ensure nothing contained wheat or gluten.
At 3 years old children are only just beginning to experiment and expand their food repertoire, a task difficult enough, without having to examine every food label for the slightest molecule of wheat gluten. Our family kitchen had to be re-organised into separate food cupboards for Daisy and even a new dedicated toaster was purchased to avoid cross contamination. As a family we had always taken pride in being non-fussy with food and now we found ourselves unavoidably having to check not only what was in anything Daisy ate but also how it had been cooked. Each time we arrived at a children’s party there would be a sea of sandwiches, sausage rolls and of course a birthday cake, all being out of bounds for Daisy.
My way of coping was to begin a crusade, thinking it was within my powers to provide coeliac kids throughout the country with exciting Gluten Free personalised birthday cakes. No more tears, something for all the children at the party to enjoy with no exclusions.
Well the pinnacle of our effort at The Brilliant Bakers is approaching its day of reckoning just in time for Daisy’s 5th birthday in October. She will proudly choose her very own birthday cake from any of the range on the website knowing that they are all safe to eat.
Happy Birthday my sweet Daisy, Love Daddy x”