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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

First Communion Cake {Host and Chalice}

I had two little ones receive their First Communion this past weekend and I just wanted to share our First Communion celebration cake with all of you! 





To make this cake you will need:
  • 9" round cake pan
  • cupcake pan enough for 12 cupcakes with paper liners
  • large sheet of heavy cardboard  covered in foil or a jellyroll pan
  • ruler
  • one box of cake mix made as directed
  • enough white icing to cover everything (I used about 2 containers)
  • yellow food coloring
  • red food coloring
  • chocolate syrup 
  • two or three red gummy bears
  • toothpicks
  • large sheet of paper or wax paper
  • pencil
  • If you decide to make the cupcake sheep with the extra cupcakes you will need more...Click here for those directions. 
Instructions:
Trace the outline of the 9" cake pan onto a large sheet of paper or wax paper. 

 Measure and cut the paper as directed in the picture below:    


Make the cake. Pour half of the mixture in to a 9" cake pan and make cupcakes with the remaining half. Bake it as directed. After the cake is cool, use the paper template to cut the cake.

Use the paper templates to decide what size cardboard or pan will work best to place your cake on. If you are using cardboard, cover the cardboard with foil. Design the cake on the pan as shown below.
You will have a leftover piece of cake, eat it or share it with your help! ;-) 
Also, you may need to squish the rectangle section of cake so it's the same height as the rounded edges of the chalice's cup and base. Remove the paper from the *one* cupcake you are using as the host.  I often put my cakes in the refrigerator at this point to make sure they are stiff before I add the icing. (about a half hour) 

Mix 7 or more drops of yellow food coloring into 1 1/2 cups icing. 
Spread it over the top and sides of the chalice. I also added a little bit of white icing in a few areas to make it look like the chalice as a light glare. Then I added red icing to the "inside" of the cup, so it looks like it has wine in it. 

Cut up the Gummy bears and stick them in to the icing on the chalice to make "gems".

Add some icing to the bottom of the cupcake-host to help it stay in place. I stuck a toothpick in the top of the cupcake so I could use it to hold the cupcake while I covered it with white icing. 
Put it back in the fridge so the icing will harden. (about an hour)

Now with a toothpick "carve" decorative details into the chalice and make a cross on the host. After you have added the cross to the host you can use chocolate syrup to the indentation so you can better see the cross. You may need to occasionally place it back in the fridge for a few minutes it the icing gets soft as you are working on it. 

That's it your done!!
Put it back in the fridge for a half hour before you cover it with foil to store it. This will make the icing hard enough so it doesn't get messed-up when you cover it.  

Now, what do you do with the extra cupcakes??!?!?!
Well, how about making sheep!!!



Just for fun.....
If you ever watched "Men in Black" you might like Joshua's joke!
Fluffy is now neurolized!!!  ;-)
***BTW: If anyone is worry that our kids are watching questionable movies.....
My husband is excellent at editing! He can take an (R) rated movie and turn it into a (G) or at least a (PG) rated movie!!! ;-)   I just wish the movies didn't need editing! :-(

Hope you are all having a wonderful week! 
God Bless,
~Jennifer

4 comments:

  1. I really like that cake! If I did not have my son's First Holy Communion cake all planned out and everything already purchased for decorating, I would try it! We have one more to go after him, so I am bookmarking this for the future. Very nice pictures of the kids (and of Mom and Dad)! +JMJ+

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  2. This looks fun to make and eat!!!! :)

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  3. Wow Jennifer, it looked so complicated from your done picture and then when you outline the steps, it is do-able for the baking challenged...like me! Looks great and now I need to check out how you made the sheep.

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