Clerical Collar Cake

October 2, 2011

Cooking, Prototype

Warning: This post has almost as much shame and disaster as Pop-N-Dog.

I’ll admit that sometimes in church I get distracted. (God loves me anyway – he made me, y’know.) Many Sundays back I was singing a hymn and the thought popped into my head, “Y’know what would be funny? A cake shaped like a clerical collar. Isn’t October Clergy Appreciation Month?” Great. The whole rest of the service was spent trying to put that thought off until a more acceptable time.


I mentioned it to Lloyd after church and he thought it was funny enough that we stopped by the cake decorating aisle at Wal*Mart and looked at fondant. I’m a failure with fondant, so I hemmed and hawed and decided to wait.

A week later I went to Lincoln and bought some stuff, including something made just for me – edible construction paper!

I bought the little rounds, for crying out loud!

A week after that, I actually made some cake. I lined the bottom of the pan with a parchment circle and even ‘crumb-coated’ them so when I put on the final frosting it wouldn’t make a big mess. Thanks, YouTube, for your educational services.

One box makes two cakes.

Ummmm…. then the cakes sat in the freezer – unwrapped – for days until I remembered to wrap them. (This project was slow going.) I was pretty sure they were dried out and inedible, but since I knew from the get-go that these were just prototypes, I sallied forth.

Using a blade like an airplane? That's right up my alley.

I frosted them, then cut the sugar sheet out. A paper cutter worked just dandy, and scissors cut out the notch.

I had to use Google images to go with a proper depth.

I wound up frosting two cakes, but only making one into a clerical collar, and that was two weeks ago. We have three pastors at church, so if I want to do this for real, going by my timetable I need to start next June so they’ll be ready by next October.

Clerical collar cake

Ahhhh….. Lauren’s world – where crazy ideas go to die. What am I going to do with two dried-up frozen cakes? Maybe cake pops….

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “Clerical Collar Cake”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Edible paper?!? How have I not used that in a chapel message yet?


  2. Kristi Said on:

    So you baked the second cake in a cooking pot???

    And Jerome will take Cake #4 since you have 3 pastors. Okay then, we’ll expect you sometime this month.


    • Lauren Said on:

      It’s the serrated knife sticking out, but you’re right -- it does look like a cooking pot.

      If Jerome likes old, dry cake -- I’m his baker.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Lauren--You are a genius!! If you ever move to Baltimore, Charm City Cakes will surely have a job for you!

    Now what would I like on my neck cake??? Well, beings it is the Halloween season….how about a nice bite. Muahhhh!


  4. Curt Said on:

    “Bottom of the cake TO YOU!!”


  5. Curt Said on:

    That is a cool idea!!


  6. Curt Said on:

    I know a “cleaner” that could take care of your problem.


  7. Gretchen Said on:

    Once Jeremy could not find the actual plastic tab for his clerical collar so he used a folded up Taco Bell coupon. That really has very little to do with your amazing cakes but never fails to make me laugh -- out loud -- even when I’m in a hotel lobby like I am right now, sitting all alone.


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