I have found over the course of my cake adventures, that sometimes when cake hunting, just like in life, cakes are usually a lot closer than you think if you just know where to look.
This was the case for Mr. Miles James and I as we headed to the next stop on our journey which just so happened to be up the street a little ways from the cake at the First Missouri State Capitol at the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.
And with cake hunting, as in life, sometimes you have to take dangerous risks to reach your goals. In the case of this cake, which was on a little patch of sidewalk on the corner of a four way stop, a little thing like nowhere to park was not going to stop such seasoned adventurers like Miles James and I. So what did we do? Well, like the settlers of old, we found a little piece of land, called it our own (and parked the car on it), and set out to complete our journey, which I call a success!
The cake itself was one of the prettiest cakes I had seen, with the deep blue background and yellow flowers crisscrossing the tiers of the cake.
The Shrine was chosen as a cake home by popular vote, and after doing a bit of research, it’s easy to see why it was such a great cake location. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was sent from her home in France to St. Louis in 1818 by Bishop DuBourg. Once settled in St. Charles, she was instrumental in founding the first free school west of the Mississippi.
After many years of educational work, she passed away in 1852, but when her body was exhumed three years later, it was found to be, miraculously, intact. She was canonized by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1988.
And so as Miles and I looked all four ways before crossing the street back to the patch of land we had claimed as a parking spot, we noticed the sun just starting to set and realized that soon our historical journey would be coming to an end.