Pastor Appreication Cake Decorating Ideas

Decorating By eaamckenzie14 Updated 9 Oct 2015 , 4:20am by pastrypet

eaamckenzie14 Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 12:23am
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So my latest baking endeavor is a Pastors appreciation cake. My plan is to make a nice cake for the occasion, possibly a two tier cake which should serve about 80 people and then do a small cup cake display with some specialty flavors about 70 cup cakes. I just have no clue as to what I should do for the cake portion, Please give me some ideas for decoration and cake flavor. 

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craftybanana2 Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 2:20am
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I'm doing a similar thing! My pastor's birthday is coming up next month, so doing a cake plus cupcakes. Try to incorporate the church or something the pastor does (besides speaking) maybe. My pastor writes music and loves roses, so going to try and incorporate those into it. Favorite colors, church vision, you can use anything! :)

As for flavors, my pastor is allergic to anything with citrus, so lemon is out :(. I've also checked around and there aren't any other allergies, but I'll have my ingredient list just in case though.

I plan to do a vanilla-almond (or chocolate) cake, not sure about filling yet. The cupcakes will probably be chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin with specialty icings and some possibly filled. I  only have to do it for around 40-50 people, so not many flavors are needed. I also won't be the only person making something, so I can probably shoot for 30 and still be in the safe zone for head counts. Her birthday is also when people go out of town, so I've got to account for that too.

I use this as my serving guide: Cake Baking and Serving Guide  it's the Wilton one.

eaamckenzie14 Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 5:22pm
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Thanks for the tips! I think we are expecting about 150 people. Last night my husband showed me a bible cake I think that will be great for the occasion. And your specialty cupcake flavors sound so good. let me ask are you, what are you going to do for the cup cake stand?

eaamckenzie14 Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 5:22pm
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Thanks for the tips! I think we are expecting about 150 people. Last night my husband showed me a bible cake I think that will be great for the occasion. And your specialty cupcake flavors sound so good. let me ask are you, what are you going to do for the cup cake stand?

eaamckenzie14 Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 5:22pm
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Thanks for the tips! I think we are expecting about 150 people. Last night my husband showed me a bible cake I think that will be great for the occasion. And your specialty cupcake flavors sound so good. let me ask are you, what are you going to do for the cup cake stand?

Apti Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 6:09am
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For my Pastor's retirement, I made two versions of the same cake, one for display in the church hall that had the fondant decorations, and one to cut up in the kitchen (identical in every way except the fondant decorations and writing).  I also made a "cross" cupcake display with about 51 cupcakes that was displayed in the hall next to the fully decorated cake.  

The 12" x 4" square cake served 72 and was quickly cut and served with no waiting around.  The cupcakes filled the gap until I could remove the display cake and start cutting.  Since this was a gift, I did not charge and purposefully made lots of extra cake/cupcakes since I knew the left-overs would be sent home with various families.    I did my cupcakes exactly like these which were done by CakeCentral member:  SusanReis

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http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/3153485/esthers-and-berthas-008jpg  

http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/4910/peach-cross 

http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/1659382/cross-cake  

http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/2356519/cross-cake  

http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/3228507/full-sheet-cake-for-a-getogether-in-honor-of-our-pastor-and-his-new-wife-red-velvet-with-cream-cheese-icing  

Other ideas:  Put a cross cake made with the Wilton Cross Pan on top of a half or full size sheet cake.  

http://www.wilton.com/idea/Cross-Cake

When I serve cake for 70-250 people at a church party, time is of the essence because they usually only have a few minutes to look at the cake on display in the church hall, then they eat the buffet and WANT THEIR CAKE NOW!!!!!    Unlike a wedding, or large party where the cake can be on glorious display for 30 minutes to hours before being cut, you've got a quick turnaround in church. 

With logistics in mind (having learned the hard way), I serve ONE flavor/ONE filling, no choices.  I don't make anything with exotic flavor profiles.  I don't make anything that has to be refrigerated (no cream cheese/fresh fruit).  No stacked cakes that have to be separated.  Always offer cupcakes for the impatient kids.   Reserve a table in the church hall for your cake/cupcake display.  Put a volunteer in charge of making sure nobody puts casserole dishes or punch on YOUR table.  Line up 4 men or women ahead of time to separate the paper plates, put on a fork, receive the cut piece on their plate and put it on the serving trolley and take it into the dining area to be served.    Reserve your space and lay out all your cutting/serving supplies in the kitchen by laying out a towel or piece of freezer paper where you've written:  This space reserved for the cake and cake cutting.

I ALWAYS bring my apron, roll of paper towels, cutting knife.  I pre-separate the paper towels into a pile of about 20 for a quick grab and wipe of the cutting knife.  I bring a cardboard box to be placed on the floor to receive trash.  I bring several small bakery boxes to send home the extra cake.

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eaamckenzie14 Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 1:09pm
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Thank you so much for this advice it has been soo very helpful to me!! I really like the cupcake display and I really think you are right about only doing one flavor. You have really helped me! 

eaamckenzie14 Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 1:22pm
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Will that 50 cup cake display fit into a box for safe transport to the church? If so what size?

-K8memphis Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 3:59pm
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geez apti you've got that serving thing sealed up tight -- good stuff especially the one flavor choice part -- the cupcake cross display is really pretty with the soft pink accents too

Apti Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 4:55pm
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eeamckenzie14 - I purchased 1/2 foam core board at Michaels and covered with Wilton food-safe foil.   You can also use the empty strawberry cardboard boxes from the market and can fit 50 cupcakes in there.  I'll attach a link to a photo.   https://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/465


Thanks, K8!  As mentioned, I learned the hard way at a 100th Birthday party at the church when I made cakes with 4 different flavors and fillings.  Truly thought I was going to have to smack the little old lady who kept saying, "I want the lemon".  I politely asked her to wait about 7 times as I was cutting the other flavors.  Finally, I stopped, looked her in the eye and said, "You are going to have to wait for the lemon.  I am not cutting the lemon now.  I will cut the lemon in a few moments."   Oyyy!   Right then I learned the one flavor/one filling rule.  NO choices!!!   That's also when I learned to make large square cakes (easier to cut and keep track of the servings per cake), to make a display cake and a kitchen cake to cut at super-speed.   Here's my display for the 100th birthday.  You will notice they are all single layer tiers, no stacking. The second link is me cutting the cakes like a crazy, possessed person.  Yes....that was a learning curve project.

https://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/337  

https://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/337#341




pastrypet Posted 9 Oct 2015 , 4:19am
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Dang it, this lousy site won't let me post a picture. Grrr...

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