I’ll be yours in buttons and bows…..

orange_iced_cake2_1694I had a favourite aunt who was firm in the belief that men put on dresses when they wanted to appear really important, and it appears that the clergy are keen followers of my aunt’s views. The Ku Klux Klan have also adopted this dress code, but that only acts as incontrovertible proof that the exception proves the rule —doesn’t it? The one similarity between Rome, Mecca and Alabama is that they are all damn sure that they’re right, and only they are right. The more extreme the costume, the more buttons, bows, feathers and trimmings on that costume, the more important will be the wearer, which rule holds true save for the officials of current or previously Communist states, in which utter drabness is the badge of the highest office and bows and bells are the costume of clowns in the State Circus. However, in yet another exception to my aunt’s rule, the drab leaders are also absolutely right whilst simultaneously being absolutely left. The clowns don’t give a fuck, as they just try to balance on the high wire or leap through hoops of fire in the vain hope that enough applause earns a crust. To promote my cake to the ranks of the movers and shakers, I have “enrobed” it with a pontifical hat of white icing sugar and placed it above all others. But nothing lasts forever, which is particularly true of cake.

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36 Responses to I’ll be yours in buttons and bows…..

  1. cecilia says:

    Gorgeous cake, I predict that there will be an upsurge of boys joining the seminary in the wake of all this pomp and colour! I think it is awfully sweet that they are encouraged to dress up. i was brought up a very strict catholic .. and even though i am still in recovery .. I still have a soft spot for all the outrageous unapologetic overt ceremony and costumes . and jewels, i am especially attracted to the jewels! and cake.. of course..have a lovely day roger.. c

  2. Tandy says:

    This cake looks perfect for any ceremony πŸ™‚

  3. Mad Dog says:

    You’ll never get rid of the mice with a cake like that πŸ˜‰

  4. You would have to put up something that wonderful when I’m trying to be good!

  5. Eha says:

    Nothing lasts forecver, period! Perhaps just as well . . .

  6. MTM calls himself a ‘recovering Catholic’ as well, Roger. I’d never feel guilty about eating that cake, though.

  7. Michelle says:

    I’ve been waiting with bated breath for you to weigh in on the new pope. And the cake? Oh, my, I wish I had a piece.

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I coveted my neighbor’s cake and, not only that, dissed the papacy.
    Once a Catholic …

  9. Really wonderful cake to see and to taste!

  10. Popes, politicians, dictators, cakes…you’re right, none last for ever, but at least you can enjoy the cake while it lasts!

  11. Ooh there are a lot of us recovering, guilt ridden catholics out here! Thank god for cake and all the frippery it entails πŸ™‚

  12. Stick to pants, Roger. Stick to pants. Good looking cake!

  13. I’ll give it an hour. Making a cake look important can backfire on the cake…I do lov the idea that a High Cake is an important cake, and have begun to Google to find the talest available cakestand. This one amuses me. It is like something out of Logan’s Run: if we’re talking Long Dresses it would be a Jedi Knight or some such thing. Forgive the long link…http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/dibor/product/tall-glass-cake-stand?utm_source=GoogleShopping&utm_medium=Home%20&%20Garden&utm_campaign=202419&gclid=CMyE3OeIgrYCFUbMtAodOHYA7Q

  14. sorry; love, and tallest. Curses.

  15. Barb Bamber says:

    Oh, my.. I’d have a slice of this one over a Devil’s Food Cake any day:D What is next up.. an Angel Food Cake. I’d still have your enrobed cake please, just a humble wee slice. xx

  16. What a great looking glaze!

  17. Karen says:

    A cake that delicious looking is long gone, I’m sure.

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