Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Cake for Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday, also known as Whitsunday, ranks among the great feasts of Christianity. "It commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects of that event: the completion of the work of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and its children, and the gift of faith for all nations."

To Celebrate, we will be baking and decorating a cake! I just love all the symbolism in this cake. It provides such a wonderfully yummy way to teach the children more about this feast.

Pentecost Cake


Start with a white cake representing "Whitsunday." The cake can be home-made or store-bought, which ever you choose. To keep it simple, I usually just use a white cake mix.

Now for the decorations:
  • White Frosting - For "Whitsunday"
  • Large Candle in Center - represents Christ our Light, who promised to send the Holy Ghost.
  • 12 Birthday Candles - represent the 12 Apostles and the tongues of fire.
  • 7 red hearts - made of candy or icing, represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost
  • 12 strawberries - represent the 12 fruits of the Holy Ghost
Before cutting the cake, let the children blow out the candles representing the "mighty wind."

Serve with vanilla ice cream and even more strawberries!!


Update: Here is the picture of our cake from our 2009 Celebration!

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  1. Great!!! We are doing it!!! Everyone can post pictures of their Pentecost cakes Monday!

    Thanks Jessica!

  2. Also great idea for Confirmation!

  3. Great idea!! I will add Confirmation as one of the labels! Thanks!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to serve this one...

  5. My step daughter was just confirmed on Sunday, and I'm so sorry I didn't know about this then!!! Now we have two reasons to make this for Sunday!

    This site is an awesome resource, I am enjoying it immensely. Thanks, ladies! :)

  6. Thanks for updating with the photo - it is a beautiful cake.

  7. What a great idea for an often overlooked holiday!

  8. Thank you for this great idea! We enjoyed a Pentecost cake today....since it was so hot here it was a white jello poke cake.

  9. I love this cake. For the center candle I plan to use a candle that doesn't blow out to represent that the Holy Spirit is always with us and never goes out.