My church was having a fair after mass today to encourage volunteers in different areas. I mentioned that I was a "baker" and was told they were in desperate need of help with the funeral receptions. I would appreciate any ideas you all have or should I just bring undecorated dessert items? Sorry to bring up such a depressing subject, but I want to do something appropriate for the situation. Thanks for the help!
I would do the cake pan that looks like a book and make it look like a Bible or a tribute to someone. Or you could do an angel cake. Something simple like a sheet cake with flowers would be nice too.
I just did one. It was a 11x15 with the book pan on top. I will post it.
Around here...the meal served in church after a funeral is functional....not a place where a fancy cake would be required. Usually...the cake pre-scored or sliced for serving ~ rather than displayed for oohs and aahs. If it were me, I'd go for the great tasting sheetcake with very simple borders....and I think I'd use the impression mat that divides the sheetcake for serving. You could put a little flower or something on each square of the impressed cake?????? Just thinking out loud~~~ every area is different I realize.
Thanks for the help those are great ideas (and why I love this site so much)! I would love to see the book cake
I agree with Phoov. I think just something really simple with out much decoration. I've never heard of a decorated cake at a funeral reception. Around here we have more pies and things like that. One thing that maybe nice though is sort of a memorial cake. Maybe put nice things about the person or good memories about him or her.
Funeral receptions-My mom used to run the receptions after the funeral mass. She would have said sheet cake, frosted. Just a little flower or design on each piece at most. Either that or cookies or bownies. Something that can be easily handled. The receptions are buffet and the desserts would be set out for people to take what they want. A sheet cake could be easily cut in the kitchen and then people could serve themselves.
Thanks to all of you for the excellent advice. Like I said, I want to be appropriate for the situation
I just posted the one I did last month for my uncle's funeral. It is very simply decorated and was very much appreciated by the family. Here things are alittle different. The church hosting the reception provides servers, a set up, and clean up crew of women volunteers. Very common for them to cut and serve the desserts.
I recently did a cake in rememberance of someone who was dead for four years. I put forget-me-nots on the cake! Made a bunch of them in Royal ... only thing is most people don't really recognize the flower and know it's called "forget-me-not". I had to tell everybody.
as others have said...pre-scored.
my suggestion for small decoration on each:
either a simple cross
a Chi-ro (the P w/ an x) -- for Christ the King
an Alpha (A) and an Omega (sort of like a rounded horseshoe) for God being the beginning and end of all things
IHS (initals of Christ's name in Greek)
we celebrate birth, and we do our best to celebrate life. we should also celebrate in the memories of those we love and care about, even in their passing. maybe not anything so elaborate as wedding cake style, but something that shows how much we care. every family is different though and should be consulted, if possible. enjoy your gift of baking as you give to others.