A raspberry pie for the feast of St. Paul Miki and companions, who were martyred in Nagasaki in 1597. Feastday: February 6. Take note of the fake blood and toothpick spear.
A butter cake with chocolate icing reworked to celebrate the 429th death anniversary of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, the patron saint of religious brothers. Feastday: October 30. The figure of St. Alphonsus opening a door is a reminder of his job as porter at the Jesuit college in Majorca, Spain, which he carried out with great dedication and charity for 46 years.
My friend had also created an arm-shaped cake to commemorate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionaries. Feastday: December 3. The cake imitates the relic of Xavier's right hand displayed in the Jesuit Church of the Gesu in Rome. This relic represents the thousands of baptisms administered by Xavier during his ministry across Asia. Unfortunately, my friend used green food coloring for the cake, making my other housemates uneasy about partaking of Xavier's edible arm.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A Jesuit I lived with during my studies liked to create special desserts for a particular Jesuit saint's feastday. He used store-bought pastries or cakes and available items in the pantry such as food coloring, toothpicks, birthday candles, and ready-made icing. Below are two samples of his work.