Dr Oetker Dr Schmoetker

SINCE cake-making unexpectedly entered my culinary lexicon with the horrifying realisation I couldn’t just go out and buy one, I’ve relied happily on Dr Oetker for icing. The supermarket own brand fondants all seem to be ‘may contain nuts’ so it was a blessed relief to have a ready-to-roll  I could easily track down in most stores.

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Until now. If you’ve come across Dr Oetker Regal-Ice lately you will no doubt have noticed ‘may contain nuts’ has arrived there, too. All of a sudden I’ve realised we have another birthday on the horizon and I need to find out exactly what the risk is – and possibly hunt me down a safe alternative elsewhere.

So, I’ve just got off the phone from the Dr Oetker care line, and I’m told the risk is largely from almond: production has changed and marzipan is now produced on the same lines as the formerly safe Regal-Ice. Why the catch-all ‘may contain nuts’? Because those almonds come from a factory where walnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios are also handled. The risk of contamination from the latter three is probably extremely low, but there you have it.

What now? I’m hoping to pull together a list of several safe egg and nut free brands but, for the time being, the first confirmed safe icing I’ve come across is M&B.

According to M&B director Graham Scott, “our sugar paste is completely nut and egg free”, with the brand’s marzipan made on a “completely different manufacturing line”. It comes in a rainbow of colours and can be bought online here, here and here. (PS other than the ‘may contain nuts’ irritation Dr Oetker is usually decent for labelling, so there is still a good range of toppings that remain nut and egg free).

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9 thoughts on “Dr Oetker Dr Schmoetker

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  2. Sharon

    Having always relied on Dr Oetker for nut free fondant I was very disappointed to find the change in labelling. It just gets harder. Thanks for the info on M&B

    1. Thanks Sharon – apologies for the huge delay. Hope you’ve managed to get some M&B. It’s more of a faff to pick up, so I stockpile – but I do think it tastes nicer than the Dr Oetker, so I guess that’s one bonus x

  3. Kate

    Aaargh! I was relying on picking up some Dr Oetker for my son’s bday cake for his party this weekend. I won’t have time to order online now. Do you know if the M& B stuff can be bought in any shops?

  4. Jackie Heighton

    Hi Alexa
    I have been asked to make a cake for a friend’s Granddaughter who is nut sensitive. Thanks for this info it is helpful.
    I have checked out Silver Spoons products sites and this is what is says;

    Do any Silver Spoon products contain nuts?

    All Silver Spoon sugar and sweetener products do not contain nuts or nut derived oils.

    A number of Silver Spoon home baking products do contain nuts and some may contain traces of nuts. Where this is the case, we will always clearly label it on the packaging. The individual product pages also provide this information.
    https://www.silverspoon.co.uk/about-us/faqs#faq4

    Silver Spoon offer a fondant icing mix which can also be mixed differently to create a modelling paste.
    Not tried it myself yet so can’t comment how easy it is to make.

    Also if you wish to colour the fondant Sugarflair products are nut free;
    Q.2 Are your products suitable for vegetarians and other dietary concerns?
    … In terms of other dietary concerns, our products are nut free, fat free, GM free and gluten free. .
    Adminmanager – 23/06/2016 – 15:13 (a little old as looked up onlilne 03/10/2017)
    http://www.sugarflair.com/search/node/nut%20free

    Hopefully you and others will find this info of use.

  5. Amanda Rowlands

    I make my own nut free marzipan by replacing the almonds with coconut that I have blitzed first in a food processor, to make it a bit finer. This certainly stops the colour from the fruit in the christmas cake leeching through the icing, which is the point of marzipan, and my daughter, who is allergic to almonds, sticks to me like glue when I’m making in it in case there are any bits left over – she absolutely loves it.

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