I really enjoy having parties to celebrate when my kids have made their First Holy Communion. To me, it’s an outward sign to them (from us, as parents) of how important we think this Sacrament is, and how proud we are. I usually love to make all kinds of things to feed our guests, but for whatever reason, I have always purchased a cake (and then supplemented with other homemade desserts).
When my friend Amanda’s twin boys were celebrating their First Communion last year, I asked if there was anything that she would want me to do. She asked about me bringing a dessert. When she asked my friend Becky (who is Amanda’s sister-in-law) to also bring a dessert, Becky and I decided to do something a little special. We made First Communion themed cakes!
Becky tackled carving out a chalice, I made grapes (with cupcakes), and we each made one round cake to look like hosts. We also made sure to make each of the cakes different flavors, just to offer a nice variety to party guests.
Becky’s chalice cake was a white cake with gold frosting, decorated with coarse clear decorating sugar, along with some of the purple frosting from my grapes.
My cupcakes were devil’s food chocolate. (Yes, this is ironic, but I like devil’s food best.) I used Wilton food dyes in order to achieve vibrant purple, green, and brown frostings. (I used a vanilla frosting.)
Becky’s round cake. Both her round cake and mine were decorated with a coarse clear decorating sugar cross in order to make it look more like a host. She made a light carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting.
My round cake was an Ambrosia cake with a marshmallow frosting with the sugar cross.
These cakes were a very doable project, and added such a festive touch to the dessert table. I will definitely consider doing something like this (or asking for help) when Molly is ready for a First Communion party!