Pentecost cake - Catholic Courier

Pentecost cake

Families can celebrate the feast of Pentecost and enjoy a fun and memorable activity by baking, decorating and eating a Pentecost cake. This dessert looks great, tastes delicious and provides a teachable moment for parents to discuss the feast of Pentecost with their children.

Pentecost Sunday, or Whitsunday, is one of the major feast days for the Catholic Church. Pentecost is traditionally celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter, on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples after the resurrection of Christ, and is therefore sometimes remembered as the "birthday of the church."

Families can begin with a round white cake with white frosting, which can be store-bought or homemade from scratch or from a mix. The cake is white for "Whitsunday," the traditional British name for the holy day.

Place a large white candle in the center of the cake as a Christ candle, to remind us that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit: "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always" (John 14:16).

Surround the Christ candle with 12 birthday candles, to represent the apostles and the tongues of fire: "Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them" (Acts 2:3).

Place seven red candy hearts on the cake to represent the gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).

Put nine strawberries on the cake to signify the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Invite the children to blow out the candles to represent the mighty wind (Acts 2:2).

Enjoy eating the Pentecost cake with vanilla ice cream and extra strawberries.

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