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.)
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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!
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Tricia Fox says
oooohhh! These cake ideas are just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!
love the cupcake idea, then there is no slicing of cake and kids can help themselves after the First Communion Mass.
I agree — no slicing is definitely a wonderful benefit of cupcakes!
Excellent job (and I did giggle at the devil’s food cupcakes) – Many Years to those who have partaken of their First Communion!
Angie, these are outstanding cake ideas! I ordered Costco white cakes with the cross for our Holy Communion reception, but I love how you can offer more flavors with all these beautiful shapes!
It was really nice for the adults, it seemed. A lot of the kids went for white or chocolate cakes/cupcakes, but many of the adults tried some of the more unique flavors. The “host” cakes were the first ones gone. It might have been nice to have done all “host” cakes, all in different flavors.
Jen Raiche says
Thanks so much for sharing these ideas! In my hour of need, I’m so happy to have found these. 😉
if you haven’t already, you should link these up at catholic cuisine’s first communion cake link-up!:http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-holy-communion-cake-and-link-up.html
these are very creative ideas, especially the chalice and grapes!!