Farewell Party Cake for an Irish Priest

Our beloved priest is leaving the R.C. Catholic Church where both my husband and I regularly attend. This Godly man has a heart of gold and we really hate to see him leave. The church is holding a farewell party for him on Sunday, January 25, 2009. Father Jim is an Irishman so I wanted to bake a cake with an Irish theme. I've just started to learn cake decorating on my own through trial and error. I own a paperback book entitled: Cake Decorating for Dummies.

I made the 18x12 inch cake from scratch and didn't use box mixes.

By MCW from Lewiston, NY

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Farewell Party Cake for Irish Priest
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

You did a fantastic job for a beginner. I myself have been doing cakes since the age of 12, I am 51. You do have talent and the most important is "passion". See if there are any local cake supply stores that offer some classes, I think you would not be sorry!! Happy cake decorating. I am sending a cake I did for my daughters wedding shower, "ball & chain".

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful

That is a great cake and the shamrocks are very appropriate for an Irish priest. This certainly doesn't look like the work of a beginner, it is as good as you could get in a bakery.

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful

You did a wonderful job. Did not even think that cake decorating could be learned from a dummies book. Will have to look that one up myself.

Thank for sharing.

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful

Thank your for your encouraging words. I'm 60 years old and have had a desire for many years how to decorate cakes.

I really can afford it and attend cake decorating classes, but I'd rather learn on my own and at my own pace.

A younger woman who owns a copy told me about the following book: The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating Volume 1, A Complete Encyclopedia; By Eugene T. Sullivan; ISBN number - 0-912696-04-4. She said to practice using the decorating tips by turning over a pan and decorate the bottom of the cake pan. Also fill the pastry bag with shortening and learn how to use the tips.

I rather enjoy living a frugal lifestyle so I don't want to pay someone else to teach me cake decorating.

The decorating bags can get very expensive if you use enough of them. So I just found out how to save money on them. I used a few of the ziplock storage bags on the cake. Just snip off a small corner, push the coupler inside the bag, pop on the decorating tip and screw on the ring.

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January 28, 20090 found this helpful

This cake is beautiful!!! You really did A great job! Sure wouldn't have guessed you were A beginner!This must have been A wonderful surprise! MAY GOD BLESS! DEBBIE IN TENN.

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