I have to admit retirement cakes stump me. Finding a cake that represents that time, effort, and incredible impact a person has had at their career is difficult. So I will say I turned to my new friend Pinterest. After searching several retirement cake designs I combined several ideas to come up with this cake. Since we were planning for 200 I had lots of opportunity to express what I needed to, but I also had to remember it was likely much of administration would be there so nothing too funny. So in my mind I planned out the perfect cake, hoping I would come close to what I saw in my minds eye.
About three days before the event the number of folks in attendance was dropped to 100 which made this cake at least one tier shorter and a little easier on me figuring out how to get all the layers into the freezer at one time. Frozen and base coated I loaded up the cake and headed to Moore County which is about a ninety minute drive. Once there I worked to construct the cake and finish decorating it. That included a couple of last minute additions and deletions to my design. A 4-H clover was added to the side to cover the start and end of the ribbon on the second tier. The hanging clovers from the top were a whole other issue in patience as the plan I had in my head had to be re-engineered to work.
In the end the three teir off white cake was made with three two layer butter cakes. The writing on the front, "Linda the end is just a new beginning" was done in pure white to let it stand out from the base off white. A green ribbon and floating clovers helped accent the cake. As far as the lady of honor, well she cut her cake and shared it with the masses there to honor her and celebrate her special moment. She enjoyed the cake and there was just a bit left for her (and anyone else) to take home to remember this special event.