Cake For A Funeral Reception

Decorating By ElegantOccasions Updated 26 May 2013 , 4:55pm by Artistsway2

ElegantOccasions Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:37pm
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Hi All: First of all, Thank you all so much for sharing your experience and expertise. I've been asked to bake a cake for a luncheon after a funeral. I have no idea what to decorate it with. I don't tink I should make it look like a party cake. I'm stumped. What do I do? Please help. All advise will be appreciated

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Barb1959 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:40pm
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Did you think of asking the family if there was something that would mean something to the family? Did the deceased like a particular kind of flower or maybe have a hobby that could be depicted.

I'm no expert - just a thought.

Mickey17 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:42pm
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I would really forgo much in the way of decorating, unless the person who ordered it specifically asked for something. I would go with a white cake, a border and maybe a few roses.

msulli10 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:44pm
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Simple cake with some roses, unless the family has a special request.

indydebi Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:46pm
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Originally Posted by Mickey17

I would really forgo much in the way of decorating, unless the person who ordered it specifically asked for something. I would go with a white cake, a border and maybe a few roses.




agree. this is definitely an event where "just a cake" is appropriate. Less is more, ya know?

-K8memphis Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:52pm
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I would recommend decorating the cake to 'look homemade' with pretty swirls in the icing and a nice bottom border--maybe a thin scroll border on the top edge. I'd do a 9x13 ish six that would be easy to cut & serve.

Well--in fact what am I saying here--I just actually did two cakes for friends experiencing that piercing pain of loosing a loved one and I din do that ^^^^

So what I really did was bake a deep tall plain vanilla pound cake--I also baked some of those rose looking muffins too out of the same batter--it's a six rose muffin tin--and I just plopped a rose muffin on top of the bundt cake and it loked pretty cool but understated.

These cakes were not for the meal afterwards they were delivered 'just 'cause'--because the pound cake is sucha trooper cake--great shelf life and is so versatile and hearty. So they would just have something when people come by.

I just can't stop talking today can I.

I wrapped them in wide plastic and secured it with one knot in a wide gold wired ribbon. Understated.

One I glazed a bit on the edges of the rose petals and it was quite striking--I also placed a ring of baby's breath around the rose.

Blessings on you.

-K8memphis Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:56pm
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I have to tell you though. The second cake with the baby's breath started out like the first one--just plain. But the women in that family were not allowed at the funeral due to their religious views so I don't know--the baby's breath just happened --it was just encircling the muffin. It was understated.

Isn't that especially heart wrenching though?

prayerwarrior Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 3:33pm
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I do a sheet cake with "In Loving Memory of(their name) and the date of birth and date they passed. I always get lots of admiring comments from the family members. I have one example posted in my photos.

Jeannem Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 3:58pm
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I did a sheet cake--divided into sections for cutting--then put a fondant fall leaf in each section. Quiet, understated, elegant.

jammjenks Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 4:26pm
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Originally Posted by Jeannem

I did a sheet cake--divided into sections for cutting--then put a fondant fall leaf in each section. Quiet, understated, elegant.




I was thinking something along these lines, but using a forget-me-not flower on each square.

pregu2 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 4:37pm
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I did a cookie cake with a cross in the middle and a flower spread on the corners. Very simple...

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1469729

ElegantOccasions Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 12:57am
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Thank you all so much.

Jeannem Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 8:36pm
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Oh, Mine was for a man, so that's why I used a leaf. Aforget me not would be a great idea for a lady..

ElegantOccasions Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 11:30pm
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Again, TY so much for all of your ideas. This is what I made. Hope they like it.
LL

Jopalis Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 11:50pm
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Gorgeous and Elegant...

jammjenks Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 1:11am
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I like it. Very elegant w/o being overdone.

he_calls_me_angel Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 3:26am
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You know I was going to suggest peace lillies as I was reading the first post! Very nice I think you made the right choice

GeordieMum Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 2:18am
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Beautiful, simple and very elegant. Perfect for the occasion I think.

Well done.

Geordie

Artistsway2 Posted 26 May 2013 , 4:53pm
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Again, TY so much for all of your ideas. This is what I made. Hope they like it. [URL=http://cdn001.cakecentral.com/5/57/57635b1a_getattachment_877.jpeg]LL [/URL]

Artistsway2 Posted 26 May 2013 , 4:55pm
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AThat cake you decided on is so perfect; I am trying to decide with a similar situation. All of your thoughtful comments & replies are very helpful. Thanks.

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