Seminarian Fundraiser Dinner Cake

Seminarian Fundraiser Cake          A friend asked me to sponsor the dessert for a fundraiser dinner he was helping to organize for 5 of our local seminarians.  Happy to help a good cause, I created this cake.  The design was suggested by the vocation of the seminarians, of course, but also harmonized with the venue: the beautiful new banquet hall of Rappahannock Cellars winery, which my talented husband helped to build.  The cake was a chocolate fudge cake, sprinkled with a hint of raspberry Chambord simple syrup, filled with whipped chocolate ganache, and covered in a chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream.  The chalice (which was even shinier in person) and grape leaves are gumpaste, but the grapes are piped buttercream.

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