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A top priority (pun intended)
when planning the look of your
wedding cake is going to be the
type of icing you want. Apart from
taste, the texture of the cake will
be your second deciding factor.
Here are some questions you
should think about:
• Do you want a sleek, stream-
lined looking cake? Or is your pref-
erence for a more artsy, free-form
cake that has an "icing look"
inspired by a painter s palette knife?
• Do you want feminine details
(for example: lace, pearls, ruffles
and florals)? Or are you leaning
towards more modern details (for
example: geometric shapes, stripes
The answers to these questions
will then be a determining factor in
your choice of frostings and icings.
Here are some selections:
This is made from confectioner s
sugar, milk and some type of fat ---
usually butter or shortening.
Flavourings (such as vanilla essence)
or colours can also be added. There
are other types of buttercream as
well---such as French buttercream
made with egg yolks and sugar
syrup; and Italian buttercream which
is a combination of meringue and
Buttercream is easy to
spread and pipe. It is always a crowd
favourite because of its taste.
It is soft and will melt in
warm weather. A cake iced in but-
tercream should be kept chilled or
in a cool room, before use. Due to
its delicate, soft nature, transporta-
tion of a cake iced in buttercream
must be done quite carefully.
This is made with confectioner s
sugar and egg whites. It dries to a
hard texture onto the cake.
It is ideal for creating details
such as lettering, flowers, leaves,
borders and string work. You will
see it used on most wedding cook-
ies. The detail work of royal
icing can be quite brittle. Due to its
hard finish, it is not suitable for fill-
Cream cheese frosting
This is made using buttercream
and cream cheese.
This frosting is delicious
and complements cake flavours such
as: red velvet, carrot cake and hum-
mingbird cake. It works well as a
filling and a topping, especially for
Unlike thin royal icing,
cream cheese frosting can be quite
thick. It should be refrigerated before
This is a type of sugar paste that
is rolled out on sheets and applied
to the cake. It can also be cut out
using stencils or cookie cutters; and
can even be placed into small molds
to make decorative motifs for cakes.
It is easy to mold and can
create both a pristine surface or
embellishments. It can also be used
to make a cake topper.
Fondant can generally
withstand warm weather, however
it may get shiny depending on the
humidity. Some do not like the
Glazes are the thinnest type of
icing and are made from combining
powdered sugar and a liquid ( eg
milk, lemon juice or pineapple juice).
Glazes hold up well in most
types of weather and tend to keep
cakes moist. They also work well if
you are the type of bride who wants
to DIY, since all you have to do is
drizzle or brush it over the cake.
Glazes tend to give a more
casual look to cakes, so they may
not be suitable for formal wedding
The Roman Catholic church in the
Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain will
launch celebrations to mark the start
of the "Year of Mercy" on December 13,
at the fully renovated Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception, Port-of-Spain.
The year will run from December 8 (the
Solemnity of the Feast of the Immac-
ulate Conception) to November 2016
when the Feast of Christ the King is cel-
ebrated on November 16.
An archdiocesan committee headed
by Sr Renee Hall OP will lead the pro-
motion of activities to mark the obser-
vations throughout the year.
In a media release, the committee stat-
ed that it embraced its mission to focus
on mercy not as an abstract concept, but
to make it one of encounter. "During the
course of the year, we will encourage
everyone to engage in an active reflection
on what is God s mercy; its relevance to
our particular family; to our church and
to the country."
Because Pope Francis has asked that
next year s Lenten period be special---
"lived more intensely as a privileged
moment to celebrate and experience God s
mercy" (Misericordiae Vultus-The Face
of Mercy 17)---and the committee has
asked that parishes and communities use
"Mercy" as their central theme for retreats
and missions during Lent 2016.
Some of the responsibilities of the local
• To facilitate the archdiocese s active
participation in the universal celebrations
of the Year of Mercy
• To deepen awareness of how each
person can be an agent and recipient of
God s mercy and its impact on every facet
of life, and
• To promote the frequent practice of
the spiritual and corporal acts of mercy
One of the highlights of the celebrations
will be a photo competition. The release
explained that it "would like to capture
what mercy looks like in our Trinidad
and Tobago context." Participants are
asked to submit photos that reflect mercy
in everyday life. Images should be emailed
to: email@example.com by the
deadline of November 20, 2015. Winners
will receive attractive money prizes.
According to the organisers, the images
would be used in a publication of a local
prayer guide, which will include the
Rosary, the Stations of the Cross and the
Divine Mercy Chaplet. The booklet would
also incorporate meditations and sug-
gestions for spiritual reading, with special
emphasis on the Spiritual and Corporal
Works of Mercy. Throughout the year,
these images would reappear through
various media releases.
The committee has promised that as
the year unfolds, many more initiatives
will be undertaken such as evangelisation
of homes using the Divine Mercy devo-
tions; a special liturgy on the Feast of the
Divine Mercy---April 03, 2016---the active
involvement of both parish and schools
in carrying out the Spiritual and Corporal
Works of Mercy, a youth festival carded
for Republic Day 2016 (September 24),
and a deepening of our understanding
of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and
how we can be merciful to the environ-
• Vernon Khelawan is media relations
officer of Catholic Media Services Ltd
(Camsel), the official communications
arm of the Archdiocese of Port-of-
Spain. Its offices are located at 31 Inde-
pendence Square. Telephone: 623-7620.
Catholics to mark Year of
Mercy with December launch
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