Ingredients and Allergens

Although we are happy to accommodate specialist dietary needs Pumpkin Cakes does not guarantee any of our products are allergen-free, nor do we guarantee gluten-free, dairy-free or Vegan.  All our cakes are baked onsite in our kitchen which handles other ingredients. While we do have processes in place to minimise the risk of cross-contamination, due to space restrictions we cannot have segregated production areas, so cross-contamination of ingredients is possible.

There are 14 main allergens: celery, cereals containing gluten (such as barley and oats), crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs and lobsters), eggs, fish, lupin, milkmolluscs (such as mussels and oysters), mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million) and tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts).

We understand that consumers may be allergic or have intolerance to other ingredients that are not listed above; if this is the case you must inform us before any order is placed.

Our kitchen handles all the main allergens of milk, gluten (wheat), egg, nuts, peanuts, sesame, soy, sulphur dioxide and sulphites.

If you have a serious allergy to any of these allergens, or one which could cause you to have a major allergic reaction, the only way for you to be 100% safe is not to order your cake with us.

This information page covers our main cakes as the ingredients and suppliers remain the same. Should there be a change in supplier or any ingredient, allergens will be checked and updated if necessary.

If you request a cake made with specialist ingredients we can provide you with a full ingredient and allergen list applicable at time of request; this is because specialist cakes are not on our main ingredients list and suppliers may change.

Allergens are listed in the ingredient lists in bold.

Madeira Sponge

Ingredients: Wheat flour (contains gluten)*, baking powder*, butter (contains milk), sugar, eggs, lemon juice*

Flavoured madeira sponge may contain additional lemon juice* or cocoa powder*

Please see below for allergens marked with an asterix *

Chocolate Mud Cake

Ingredients: Wheat flour (contains gluten)*, sugar, eggs, butter (contains milk), dark chocolate*, coffee powder, cocoa powder*,bicarbonate of soda, sunflower oil, buttermilk (contains milk)

Please see below for allergens marked with an asterix *

Rich Fruit Cake

Ingredients: Wheat flour (contains gluten)*, butter, (contains milk), eggs, dried fruit mixture (contains sulphites)*, dark brown sugar, glucose syrup, citric acid, fortified wine (3%), black treacle, baking powder*, mixed spice (contains cinnamon, coriander, caraway seed, nutmeg, ginger, cloves), salt, almond essence (contains nuts)

Please see below for allergens marked with an asterix *


All buttercream variations contain icing sugar*, butter (contains milk), and milk

If your buttercream is flavoured it may contain vanilla essence (vanilla only), lemon juice* (lemon only), cocoa powder* (chocolate only), coffee powder (coffee only)

Our flavoured filling ingredients are as below:

Raspberry Conserve – contains Sugar, Raspberries, Gelling Agent: Citrus Pectin, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrate

Strawberry Conserve – contains Sugar, Strawberries, Gelling Agent: Citrus Pectin, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid

Lemon Curd – Sugar, Butter (contains milk),Lemon Juice, Eggs, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Gelling Agent: Citrus Pectin, Lemon Oil

Black Cherry Conserve – contains Sugar, Black Cherries, Gelling Agent: Citrus Pectin, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid


All sponge cakes will have a crumb coat of vanilla buttercream under any fondant icing. For ingredients please refer to the ‘fillings’ section above.

Fondant icing is our preferred cake covering as it is easy to work with and sets to provide a good base for decoration. 

Fondant icing – Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Palm Oil, Water, Humectant (Glycerol), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabilisers (Xanthan Gum, Cellulose), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Flavouring, may contain nuts or peanuts.

Royal icing – icing sugar*, dried egg white, Anti-caking agent: Tricalcium phosphate, Acidity regulator: Citric acid.

Marzipan – Sugar, Almonds, Glucose Syrup, Water, Invert Sugar Syrup

Your cake may have models or toppers – these may be made from a different sugar paste medium depending on the design of the model. If this is the case, you will be provided with a separate ingredients list.

Colourings and decorative dusts

Our food colourings contain E numbers, some which may have an adverse effect on activity and attenton in children.  If you are aware of sensitivity to a particular E-number please make us aware before placing an order.  Our food colourings are marked as ‘may contain traces of wheat, eggs, milk, nuts and soy’

We only use glitters and lustures marked as ‘edible’. Some of these are not suitable for Vegetarians or Vegans due to containing shellac. We will always carefully check for non-suitable products before using should you particularly request a cake suitable for Vegetarian or Vegan consumption.

Allergens listed with an asterix *

Wheat Flour: Supplier lists their flour as ‘may contain soya’

Baking Powder: Supplier brands vary, some list as containing wheat four

Lemon Juice: While we make every effort to use freshly squeezed lemon juice, occasionally fresh produce may not be available so we will use concentrate. Concentrate is listed as containing sulphites

Cocoa Powder: Supplier labels this cocoa powder as ‘may contain milk’

Dark Chocolate: Supplier brands vary; some list as containing soya. Also listed as maycontain nuts, milk’

Dried Fruit Mixture: Sultanas, Raisins, Candied Citrus Peel (Glucose Syrup, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Sugar, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide)) Currants, Sunflower Oil.

Icing Sugar: contains Sugar, Anti-caking agent: Tricalcium Phosphate. Manufacturer lists as ‘may contain egg’