Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Traditions: A Birthday Cake For Jesus, Part 2

Last week I gave you simple ideas for creating a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake.  Here are some examples for older kids and groups. 

Create the same cake with the round chocolate cake, cherry pie filling, and white icing or cool whip. Add the following items to the top of the cake:
  • A star for Bethlehem (Christ's birthplace) or for the star the wise men followed to find Jesus. (Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 2:1-6)
  • An angel that told the Mary she would give birth to Jesus and told the shepherds Jesus was born (Luke 1:26-38, 2:8-20).
  • Three red candles on the cake to symbolizes the trinity - God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. (John 14, John 1:15, 10-14, 18, Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Isaiah 6:8)
  • Light the candles - Jesus will shine in our hearts if we ask Him to be our Savior. (Matthew 5:16)
  • Evergreen around the cake or plate to symbolize the eternal life we have through Christ. (John 3:16, 1 John 5:11-12) It also reminds us to keep growing in our relationship with Christ through prayer, worship, and reading our Bible.
All of the recipes so far have involved the children in the decorating process allowing them to be part of the symbolism.  This next recipe would require the cake to be made and decorated ahead of time making this example better for a group of children or for when time or space doesn't allow for the decorating.

Items Needed:
3 layered round cake - red, green, and chocolate layers
White frosting
Yellow frosting

To make the colored layers - mix a white cake according to the box/recipe directions. Divide the batter in half. Drop several drops of green food coloring in one half, and red food coloring in the other half. Pour each into 8" round cake pans and bake according to recipe directions.  Also bake one 8" round chocolate cake.

When cooled, stack the chocolate layer, red layer in the middle, ending with the green layer with white frosting in between. Frost the entire cake with white frosting. Add yellow decorations and candles to the top.

The chocolate layer reminds us that are heart is full of sin.
The red layer reminds us that Jesus shed His blood for our sins.
The white frosting reminds us that Jesus will forgive our sins and give us a clean heart.
The green layer reminds us to grow in Christ through praying, reading the Bible, and worshipping.
The yellow decorations remind us of heaven.
The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the world.

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