Today is my love’s birthday and we are armed and ready to do some baking…as you can see. I would love to make him a birthday cake…but his favorite birthday dessert is a blueberry pie. So I went to the freezer this morning to get some blueberries to discover everything surprisingly thawed…ironic on a day we are iced-in. Daddy may get a birthday cake after all. So many people I know have birthday cake to celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas morning. Cake for breakfast…count me in! I however had never heard of the following recipe which a dear woman on our leadership team shared with us a few weeks ago. I thought I would pass it along.
Happy Birthday Jesus Cake
- Make a round cake to represent the world into which Jesus was born (John 3:16).
- Make each layer a different color:
- The bottom layer is black representing the fact that all have sinned (Romans 3:23).
- The middle layer is red symbolizing Jesus’ blood that was shed for our sin (Ephesians 1:7).
- The top layer is green representing the new life we have in Christ after our sins have been washed away (1 John 5:11-12).
- The frosting is pure white standing for the righteousness and purity of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- A border of red hearts stands for brothers and sisters in Christ united and circling the earth as His witnesses (Romans 12:5)
- On the top is a gold or yellow star typifying the star that shone heralding His birth and lighting the way to where it had taken place. It should be a six-pointed Star of David. Six is the number of man and shows us that the grace of God includes all, Jews and Gentiles (Galatians 3:28).
- In the center is one large red candle representing Jesus who came into the dark world to bring light and truth (John 8:12).
- Gather around with the cake in the center. Each person is given a smaller green candle. Read the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-20. Then light the red candle and sing “Joy to the World”.
- Everyone lights their smaller green candles from the middle one representing Jesus and puts their candle on top of the cake. This represents the fact that we are all to be lights in the world. Sing “Silent Night”. Pray together thanking God for sending His Son.