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!