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Midwest City church offers king cake fundraiser

A New Orleans native bakes festive king cakes to raise money for much-needed programs offered by her church, Douglas Boulevard United Methodist in Midwest City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: January 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013

/articleid/3746982/1/pictures/1930299">Photo - A king cake fresh out of the oven sits on a cooling rack at Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church in Midwest City. <strong>PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND</strong>
A king cake fresh out of the oven sits on a cooling rack at Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church in Midwest City. PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

Cameron said she makes the traditional braided king cake and a smaller king cake suitable for an individual or small group of people.

Helping feed others

The Rev. Jeannie Himes, the church's senior pastor, said Cameron's baking fundraiser is appreciated for many reasons.

“The uniqueness is appealing, and it's something that Jenifer is good at,” Himes said.

The pastor said Cameron was known for her baking skills because she bakes the church's communion bread.

Cameron said all of the baking right now is worthwhile because it is raising money for her church's meal programs, for which she is a volunteer.

Himes said the church saw a community need for a Mobile Meals program in the area, and numerous volunteers help with that effort twice a week. She said the church also offers a free meal for anyone in the community from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each Friday. She said the church operates both programs in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Have cake, will travel

Cameron said she sent some of her king cakes to friends in North Dakota last year, and the church sent several to church members serving overseas in the military. She said she was happy to send one cake to her uncle in New Orleans, who sent her a message that he and his friends loved it.

“I got the OK from someone in New Orleans, so I'm OK,” she said.

As orders are placed, Cameron said she currently makes between 12 and 14 cakes on an allotted baking day, doubling the amount she was able to bake at one time last year. She said she has a crew of fellow church members who want to help create the treats when more orders start rolling in, as they hope they will.

“We're hoping that we'll get more orders so that I can't do it all by myself,” she said, smiling.

And as for the plastic Christ child trinket traditionally baked into the cake, Cameron said she doesn't place the item inside her treats for fear of someone choking.

Instead, she places a few colored Mardi Gras beads and faux coins in a small plastic package along with the baby on the side.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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