Cathedral Cake for a cause

November 7, 2018

Taranaki Cathedral’s array of ornate stained glass windows is the inspiration behind a fundraiser for the restoration of the historic church. 

Bakers from the Taranaki Cathedral congregation have been busy making Cathedral Cakes to help raise money to earthquake strengthen the cathedral and redevelop the site. 

The Cathedral Project campaign manager Jan Mason says 100 of the 750g cakes, packed with fruit and nuts, will be available for purchase from Monday, 12 November, for just $40 each. 

“The Cathedral Cake is so named because when it is cut, its colours reflect those of the beautiful stained glass windows found in cathedrals around the world – including our own Taranaki Cathedral,” Jan says. 

“There are more than 50 stained glass windows in Taranaki Cathedral, but many require painstaking work to replace missing pieces, and repair lead and other damage. 

“To help with the stained glass window restoration, and the remediation of the Taranaki Cathedral, we decided to make these beautiful cakes and sell them in time for Christmas. 

Pak’nSave New Plymouth kindly donated the ingredients for which we are very grateful. This means all the money raised will go towards the cathedral restoration.” 

Cathedral Cakes will be available from The Cathedral Project office37 Vivian St, from Monday, 12 November. Cash or cheque only please, or phone campaign manager Jan Mason 021 020 33888 to place an order using internet banking. The office is open 9.30am-4pm, Monday-Thursday.

Update: The first batch of cakes sold out quickly, and a second batch of 100 cakes will be on sale from Monday 10th December, with a number having been pre-ordered.


The Cathedral Project campaign manager Jan Mason tests the Cathedral Cakes before removing them from the oven. 


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