Store bought cakes can get expensive and sometimes can lack the personality that a homemade cake can have. Plus, it’s even more rewarding when people compliment the cake because you can just say, “Thank you!” rather than, “Yeah, the store did a great job on it.” First Communion cakes are no exception to this. There are so many options for making a cute, homemade First Communion cake, even if you feel like you’re challenged in the decorating arena.
If you’re a regular reader here at Many Little Blessings, you may remember that last year, I shared a chalice cake, two host cakes, and a set of cupcakes made to look like a bunch of grapes.
This year, I wanted to share the cakes that a friend made for her daughter this year, as well as some other great resources for homemade First Communion cakes.
The Very Cool Risen Jesus at the Tomb First Communion Cake
Isn’t this a beautiful and creative cake? I saw it when she shared a picture on Facebook and knew that I wanted to be able to share it as well. Shannon was gracious enough to allow me to do so. (Thanks, Shannon!)
By the way – do you see the “pan” that the cake is on? That’s a silpat from DeMarle at Home, and they are one of my most used kitchen items. Love them!
I realize that if you are decorating challenged, this may seem like a big undertaking, but I think you’ll be surprised to see what the cake looked like before it was decorated and you might decide it is considerably more doable:
All of the pans that Shannon used are from DeMarle at Home. However, you could use a variety of pans that you have in your own home to make a similar set up. Shannon shared with me that she wish she had used food coloring in all of the smaller pieces, like she did with the mini loaf at the top of the pile, as she would have been able to use less icing in her decorating. The whole set up was made with three boxes of cake mix.
Shannon found her cake decoration of Jesus and the First Communion girl on Ebay.
Shannon’s Host and Chalice Cakes
If the tomb cake just seems too daunting (and you want a twist on what I shared last year), you could always consider something more along the lines of Shannon’s other cake that she shared a picture of with me:
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She just used some leftover cake from the tomb cake to make her chalice and then (I believe) a cupcake and then mini cupcakes in white as “hosts.” Of course, the fun thing about this is that, other than the chalice portion, no cutting or serving is needed for people at the party.
Great Supplies for Homemade First Communion Cakes
- Wilton Gel Icing Food Coloring – This stuff is amazing. You don’t need very much and it won’t thin your frosting. This is how I got such deep, dark colors for my bunch of grapes cupcakes.
- Religious Themed Chocolate Candy Molds – These are a great and inexpensive way to add a First Communion theme to a regular cake or cupcakes. Here are some that might be especially handy: bite size chocolate crosses mold, Communion themed chocolate candy molds, and Communion themed chocolate sucker molds
- Cross Shaped Cake Pan – If you worry about shaping a cake yourself, you could always opt for a cross shaped pan instead.
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Other Ideas for Homemade First Communion Cakes
There are so many amazing and doable First Communion cake ideas online. Some are not specifically for First Communion, but they are just ones that I felt would make a great addition to a First Communion party.
- Chalice, Grapes, and Hosts Cakes from Many Little Blessings
- Rosary Cupcakes from Catholic Cuisine
- First Communion Cupcakes from My Catholic Kitchen
- Marshmallow Treat Rosary from Catholic Missionary Family
- First Communion Cupcakes from Bakerella
- Cake Decorated with M&Ms in the Shape of a Rosary from Catholic Cuisine
If you need more First Communion Resources, check out my resource page just for First Communion topics!
You might also want to check out my First Communion eBook Bundle:
First Communion Promenade
This post is part of the First Communion Promenade this week with some other amazing Catholic bloggers who each wrote about one topic having to do with First Communion this week.
Be sure to check out some of the other topics for the week and visit any of the blogs to join in for the link up on the 15th:
April 8- Catholic Icing with First Communion Traditions
April 9- Catholic Mom with First Communion Memories
April 10- Catholic Deals with First Communion Deals
April 11- Many Little Blessings with First Communion Cake Ideas
April 12- Snoring Scholar with Celebrating Without Stress
April 15- First Communion Link Up, and you’re all invited!
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Beth Anne says
Those cakes look awesome but super complicated! I’m not much of a baker though. I seriously need to get married so I can get all the cookware I need!
You know my mom still has my first communion picture hanging up in her office even I think ha
While the tomb cake it a bit more complicated, it’s not really as complicated as it looks.
But, putting that one aside, some of them are pretty down right easy – just arranging regular cupcakes in a special way or putting M&M decorations on a cake. There are definitely very doable options for all skill levels, even if you only have a simple cake pan (like a 13×9 pan). I suspect you actually would do just fine making most of them. 🙂
Veronica Gantley says
Thank You Angie for featuring my First Communion Cupcakes. I love your blog!
Jessica @ Catholic Cuisine says
Thank you for adding your post to the First Communion Cake link up at Catholic Cuisine! I enjoyed seeing your suggestions! 🙂
Jacalyn Lenhart says
Do you have a recipe for a “gluten free” cake? I have several children who have food allergies. especially gluten, soy and dairy.
Angie Kauffman says
While I know that you can find lots of gluten free cake options online, I don’t have any on the site. Sorry!
My daughter will be receiving First Holy Communion in April. I think she would love the Resurrection at the Tomb cake. Where did you get the figurine of Jesus and the child? Such a lovely decoration and an even more special keepsake (once the cake has been devoured)!
Angie Kauffman says
It was actually a cake that my friend made for her daughter. I have had a hard time finding the same figurine. She found it on Ebay. However, the daughter that she made that for is now in high school, so it was some time ago.