Please Touch Museums - Storybook Ball
Former New York media director Nicole Rayfield's "No Nuts Nikki" line of allergy free baked goods filled the bellies of more than 1000 parents and their children at Saturday night's Storybook Ball at the majestic Please Touch Museum to cheers of, "They're too beautiful to eat!"
Taking more than 200 man hours to craft by hand, the line in front of "No Nuts Nikki's" breathtaking display of 3000 color bursting cupcakes, cookies and brownies, all donated by Rayfield, was long and constant. The allergy free treats ranged from the simple to the exquisite, and were custom designed in keeping with the Ball's whimsical theme.
Rayfield, 37, traded in her $100,000,000 Hershey's Chocolate media budget to make yummy baked goods for her two daughters born with severe food allergies. "My husband and I were taking our girls to birthday parties every weekend," said the Villanova mother, "and they couldn't eat the birthday cakes because of their allergies. Even worse, we couldn't find allergen free cakes anywhere. It was heartbreaking." A necessity turned into a passion and then a business for the lifelong baker when other families started expressing their need for nut free, gluten free and dairy free treats.
These cakes were as magnificent as anything made by the Ace of Cakes, " said Storybook Ball co-chair Hallee Adelman, "but they were so delicious, I couldn't believe they were allergen safe."
Started three years ago, "No Nuts Nikki" has made cakes, some taking as long as 12 hours, for the Eagles Jeremiah Trotter, former Eagles great Hugh Douglas and Pa. gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato as well as the children of dozens of Delaware Valley dignitaries.
“She made a Chanel handbag cake for my mother's birthday," said Amy Dorfman of Bryn Mawr. "My mother didn't believe it was really a cake until she put a fork in it."
Her contribution to the Ball was a hit and so much appreciated," said Adelman, "She could have made a fortune had she been charging."