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Need ideas for a cake for a priest

post #1 of 23
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I had posted this before the crash and now it's gone... I've been asked to make a cake for 100 for a 50th Anniversary of a priest's ordination in two weeks. Since this is a pretty big milestone, I want to do a grand cake. So I plan do go the tier route. I'm having a hard time pinning down an idea, but I plan to do a white or ivory with gold accents and a gold gumpaste 50 topper. After that, I'm stuck.

I don't know this priest very well, I don't even know his last name. He's in his 80s, kind of grumpy (but he's entitled to be! LOL). No one at church is able to give me any ideas.

So, is it appropriate to put flowers on a cake such as this? I've been looking at alot of wedding cakes online to get ideas. But I don't want it to look like a wedding cake. I don't think I want it too funky or modern either, it's kind of a solemn occasion. This is a tough one for me - after a month, I have no solid ideas. icon_sad.gif

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 23
How about something that resembles a stained glass effect? It could be abstract or literal. My (Catholic) Church has lots of stained glass windows for inspiration. Or, you could do a replica of the church itself with a priest figure standing outside. Take a look at his surroundings for ideas.
post #3 of 23
With that amount of servings you certainly can go w/a tiered cake for grand styleicon_smile.gif
OR a sheet (12x18x4) w/another tier on it - say an 8" round - it will be more servings than you need but you can always give extras to people to take home or leave for the priests to snake on icon_smile.gif
A cross topper &/or stained glass window that stands up. Yes! men like flowers, but keep them simple and if possilbe blue, lavender etc.

Oooohhhhhh make a 14" or 16" sq 2 layers. One layer (2") has a small sq part (usually 6") cut out of the center of it & stacked on top. Goodness wish I had my pix to show you! You probably can find this idea in the galleries from several people.
post #4 of 23
I would try to get inspiration from the Holy Communion/Baptism/Confirmation cakes.
post #5 of 23
I saw a sheet cake last week by MnSnow that was done for a Baptism.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1186291.html

There are 6 pictures by the artist that she choose. If you are doing a tiered cake you could use them all, just use a smaller image. (cake transfer in black) If you go to yahoo under images and do a search on sketches of jesus, the rest come right up. They are beautiful, I think they're called Jesus Laughing!

It could still be elegant, and a subject that is dear to his heart!

Good Luck!
post #6 of 23
If you were to add flowers, I recommend a cascade of white Casablanca lilies, as that would be appropriately celebratory. Hmmm, 4 tiers stacked, pure white fondant or buttercream, with a gumpaste gold-painted 50 monogram on top, a delicate pearl bead BC border around the base of each tier, and a cascade of white Casablanca lilies. Simple, elegant, beautiful.

One of these days I'm going to make a vase of white Casablancas for my church's rectory. I say that every Easter, tho. icon_rolleyes.gif

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post #7 of 23
I've been trying to get back on this site since Sat to show you the 'tri-level' cake idea! icon_sad.gif
Hope this helps.......it's not a b'day cake but just showing it for the idea of how to put this style together.
LL
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post #8 of 23
So sorry for the double post. At least I finally got it up for you to see.
post #9 of 23
One thought: some people might be more comfortable "cutting" into symbols rather than images of God. It is up to you, and local customs.

Some ideas: Grapes and grape leaves (I am the vine, you are the branches); grapes and wheat sheaf (Holy Communion), dove (Holy Spirit) and Celtic trinity symbol (especially if he is Irish).

Other ideas: what is the parish name? Do you have a diocese or parish symbol? The stained glass sounds lovely too.

Best wishes!
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for all your ideas! I haven't been able to get on to see them! So many great ideas! That sheet cake w/ the image is beautiful! And I like the liles idea, but my gp flowers leave alot to be desired!

I have since found out that he is Italian and he doesn't really have a parish (he's retired). He just helps out at a few places when he's needed.

They called me last night and want a sheet cake for cutting up in the back and a centerpiece cake. Apparently there are now 200 people, but they're also having other desserts. So I'm doing a plain sheet for the back and now i'm down to a small centerpiece cake 6-8-10. I was thinking of incorporating grapes...gold, grapes, italy kind of go together?
post #11 of 23
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Forgot to add: kakeladi - that trilevel cake is really neat - I've never seen anything like it. I'll save that idea for the future! icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 23
About two years ago, I had the same situation. Wish I had a photo to send to you. I did tiered cake. Quilted the sides with the diamond impression mat. In each corner, used the gold dragees. For the Topper I did a gum paste scalloped edged cross affixed to a sucker stick with a
dainty beaded border around the edge of the cross. Added a few white
simple roses at the base and was simple and regal all at the same time.
Good Luck. I also know that you can find a preist figure (like graduation guys/gals) and could add it to, so it was a little less wedding-ish.
post #13 of 23
Maybe a rosary draped across the cake somewhere, it would help you with your wish to stay away from the wedding look - there's are two versions of different rosaries on my avatar cake. I love to do religious theme cakes - good luck and have fun.
post #14 of 23
I am doing a cake for a newly ordained priest in June and I plan on making a golden chalice for the topper and having lilies and wheat and grapes around the cake. I will use the mini wonder mold pans to mold the chalice. You could try that.

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Dominic-15, Luke-14, Philip-14, Nicholas-9,
Rebecca-8, Christopher-6, Sarah-5, Anthony-3, Monica-2, Gabe-8 months and
Charles, my little angel in heaven who would have been 12!

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post #15 of 23
I did a cake for our priest for about 200 people - a stack of books and an open Bible.

I will post a pic.

It was easy - just made 2 sheet cakes and a large square and carved them up.
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