Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus!

During our service yesterday, we did something I've wanted to do for a long time--a Happy Birthday, Jesus cake with all the symbolism that goes with each decorations. There are so many ways to do one so I mixed and matched from several different sources.

You start by baking two- two layer cake mixes (1 white (half colored red/half colored green) and 1 chocolate). You use three of the layers to make your cake. Frost with white icing. Decorate with heart candies and yellow decorations including a star on top.

We talked about each symbol and read the Scripture references that coincided with the symbol.

Symbols and Scriptures:

Cake is round to represent the world
John 3:16
Icing white to show Jesus' purity covers our sins
1 John 1:7
Psalm 51:7
Star led the wise man to baby Jesus
Matthew 2:9-10
Red candies show God's love for us
John 3:16
Candle represents Jesus is the light of the world
John 8:12
Ephesians 5:8
Chocolate layer represents the sins of the world
Romans 3:23
Genesis 6:5
Red layer reminds us Jesus' blood shed for us
Ephesians 1:7
Green layer represents eternal life
Isaiah 9:6
John 3:36

There are different variations on this like putting an angel on top as the first bearer of the Good News (Luke 2:10-11). Some make the entire cake chocolate and use red candles to represent the blood Jesus shed and surround the cake with evergreen for everlasting life. I would suggest doing a 2 layer cake if you have a smaller gathering because this makes a whole lot of cake. The kids especially enjoyed this edible "object lesson" of the season. Happy Birthday, Jesus! May our gift to you this year be our undying devotion to worship and serve You!


  1. Thanks for sharing! I wanted us to make one but didn't know the scriptures to tie it all in. If your kids (and husband) are like mine they didn't complain about the extra cake! Merry Christmas!!!

  2. They haven't minded it at all, although we are still eating away at it! Merry Christmas!