Things you’ll need:
- 1–white cake mix
- 1–chocolate cake mix
- Ready‑to‑spread white frosting and yellow squirt frosting
- Red, yellow, and green liquid food coloring
- 2 round cake pans
- 1 larger red taper candle and 1 box of small birthday candles
- Red heart candy
Kids love celebrating birthdays! Use this popular idea of celebrating Jesus’ birthday with a symbolic birthday cake.
In advance, bake the chocolate cake layers as directed (you will use only one chocolate layer). Prepare the white cake mix and separate into two bowls. Add red food coloring to one bowl and green to the other. Bake as directed.
Gather your family to assemble the cake and discuss the symbolism.
Begin decorating your cake by placing the chocolate cake layer on a plate first. Cover with white frosting. Add the red cake layer and cover with white frosting. Finally, add the green cake layer and cover the entire cake with white frosting.
Decorate the border with red hearts. Draw a 5 or 6 pointed star on top of the cake. Place the larger red candle in the center of the star.
Discuss the symbolism:
- Round cake layers—Jesus came into the world.
- Black layer—All people have sinned.
- Red layer—Jesus’ blood covers our sin.
- Green layer—When we accept Jesus forgiveness, we have new life in Jesus and begin to grow.
- Frosting—Righteousness and purity of Jesus that covers all our sins.
- Red hearts—Christians are Jesus’ witnesses around the world. Because Jesus loved us first, we are to follow His example and love others.
- Gold/yellow star—The Bethlehem star pointed the way to Jesus. W
ise men still follow Him today. We want to be wise.
- Red candle—Jesus came into the world to bring Light. He is the Light of the world. We want to share His light with others.
Light the red candle. Each person should be given a small birthday candle. Read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
Individuals take turns lighting their smaller candle from the red larger candle and placing their smaller candles on the top of the cake.
Jesus came as the Light of the world. When we accept Jesus’gift of life, Jesus says that we, too, are the light to the world. We shine His light for everyone to see when we point people to Jesus.
“God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:17, The Message)