Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sacred and Immaculate Heart Cakes

This post was written by Tiffany, from Family at the Foot of the Cross. Since the month of June is dedicated to The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, there is still time to make a cake (or any of the other treats in the archives) in honor of the Sacred Heart this month! Also, Tiffany is going to be joining us as a contributor here at Catholic Cuisine.  Welcome Tiffany!

~Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Cakes~

We had fun making these cakes for the dual feasts of the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts! They were fairly easy with heart-shaped cake pans! These are special back to back feasts so we wanted to really celebrate these joyous occasions today and tomorrow. This link explains the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And this link explains the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

I was particularly struck by this statement from Catholic Culture: "How society, culture, economy, politics today need this Heart! It is really true, the more man distances himself from God-Love the more he becomes 'heartless', agitated about a thousand things because he has mislaid the principal one: to let oneself be loved by Christ and to respond to this Love with our love."  WOW, is this ever so true!

So with that in mind, back to the cakes of LOVE...  We started with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, representing how much He truly loves us.  We used red food coloring to die the white frosting, then used squeezable chocolate brownie topping for the weave of thorns...Finally, we added a bit of red icing for the blood He shed. Oh what a loving and merciful God!

After painting 2 small craft sticks brown, we glued them to a straw so that we weren't poking painted sticks into our edible cake! Silk flower petals (from the Dollar Tree) were glued on to the sticks to represent the flames. They looked like this:

Here you see the front of the Sacred Heart (straw) cross and flames and the back of the Immaculate Heart flames.  The straw was the only part that we stuck into the cake.

A close-up of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cake
(We used the same idea of gluing the stick to the straw for the sword that pierced her heart.)

This is the picture that hangs over our home altar/prayer table...A nice visual reflection for these two special days.

"Behold the Heart which so loved mankind."
~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

"The heart that resembles that of Christ more than any other is without a doubt the Heart of Mary, His Immaculate Mother."
~ Pope Benedict XVI

One last thing... For another idea, here is a photo of some Immaculate Heart of Mary Rice Krispy Treats that we made in the past.

These were made following the recipe on the Rice Krispy box, mixed with a little red food coloring. I used a heart cookie cutter to cut them out and then just decorated with some squeezable frosting and sprinkles...super easy!

~Happy "Feasting" With Love~
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  1. Thanks for your post these are so pretty!

  2. Welcome to Catholic Cuisine, Tiffany. You are a perfect fit!