Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Birthday Cake for Our Lady!

Each year, on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, our family makes a cake to celebrate. Last year we made a Blueberry Cheesecake and this year we opted for a Lemon Blueberry Cake.   Although the type of cake varies from year to year, I usually make sure the cake itself is white, symbolizing Mary's purity, and then we add blueberries to symbolize her blue mantle.

We top the cake with a small statue of Mary and surrounded it with a circle of 10 candles, representing one decade of the rosary.  The children then take turns lighting the candles as the whole family prays a "Hail Mary" for each candle.  Afterwards we sing Happy Birthday and let the children blow out the candles!!!  My children look forward to this tradition every year!

Lemon Blueberry Cake
adapted from the Food Network

  • 2 (8-inch) round white cakes (I made mine using a boxed white cake mix)
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract, divided
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans cream cheese frosting
  • Fresh blueberries (I used frozen since I had some in the freezer.)
  • Fresh mint sprigs and Lemon slices, quartered (optional)


Use a knife to slice cake layers in half horizontally. Use a pastry brush to brush each layer with lemonade concentrate; set aside.

Stir 1 teaspoon of lemon extract into each can of frosting; set aside.

To assemble cake: frost and stack the cake layers on top of each other.

Decorate the cake with blueberries.  You can then add the optional clusters of mint sprigs and quartered lemon slices for further decoration if you'd like.

Happy Birthday Dear Blessed Mother!

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  1. A beautiful cake! Ours is quite similar; however, I like to drizzle blueberry pie filling over the top of the frosted cake as well as using any leftover filling to top individual pieces of cake. I like the idea of the 10 candles and saying a "Hail Mary" for each. This website is great... thank you. JMJ

  2. I'm so glad you posted the idea about the ten candles and saying a Hail Mary as each one was lit... we did that this year and it had a really beautiful effect! Except for the fact that my 19 month old, who is used to us saying a decade of the rosary on the couch at not at the table after dinner, began saying, "All done pray!" after about eight Hail Marys, and then screaming, "No!!" until we were finished, ha ha... she wanted those blueberries and couldn't figure out why we weren't eating them yet, once her enthrallment with the candles had worn off!

    This cake sounds delicious... mmm, lemon! We made the blueberry cheesecake, and it is so tasty - I am eating some right now!

  3. As always.. this one is beautiful :)
    Happy Mary's birthday to you

  4. I love all the recipes for Our Lady, thank you for all your wonderful work!

  5. Praying 🙏 🙏🙏 🙏 for us Dear Mother Mary 🙏❣️❣️ God is great