How to make cake decorations for a first communion

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How to make cake decorations for a first communion
(Photo Credit: Ulrike Groesel)

Celebrating a First Communion is not complete without a beautifully decorated cake. Purchasing a cake from the local bakery or pastry chef is expensive. Plus, what you envision may not be the design the pastry chef creates. Bake and decorate your own First Communion cake. Practice your design techniques before jumping right in. Buying icing tips and chocolate moulds are a one-time investment. Check Internet retailers for previously used moulds, selling at a discounted price.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Buttercream frosting
  • Spatula
  • Icing tips
  • Icing bag
  • Food colouring
  • Toothpicks
  • First Communion or religious moulds
  • Chocolate wafers (various colours)
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Pastry brush

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  1. 1

    Prepare the cake. Bake a flat cake, to feed the number of guests attending the First Communion service. Use a spatula to ice the cake with buttercream frosting. Make sure the surface is smooth and let sit for 20 minutes before adding decorations. Basic buttercream frosting consists of vegetable shortening, milk, clear vanilla, confectioners' sugar and butter.

  2. 2

    Design a border. Use a star icing tip, size #18, to add a shell border around the bottom edge of the cake. Add a shell border to the top face of the cake. Hold the icing bag at a 45-degree angle, just above the surface. Add heavy pressure to the icing bag by squeezing tightly. Lift the tip as the icing builds and fans into a shell. Ease pressure as you pull the tip down to the right, making the tail. Begin the new shell just behind the tail of the previous shell.

  3. 3

    Create a design on the cake. Select a First Communion symbol to add such as a cross or chalice with a host. Use yellow food colouring to create gold icing. Make enough icing for the entire display. Matching the exact icing colour is nearly impossible if more icing is needed. Use icing tip, size #1, to outline the chalice or use a toothpick to create the outline. Work with icing star tip, size #18, to fill in the chalice. Make a host above the chalice using the same tip, but white icing. Consider adding rays a round the host using round icing tip, size #5, and the gold icing.

  4. 4

    Add a message. Use round icing tip, size #5, to add a message on the cake. Use the gold icing to add the message. Consider, "Congratulations Mary Jane on your first Holy Communion." Use a toothpick to outline the message, ensuring it fits in the space. Practice forming the letters with leftover icing before starting on the cake.

  5. 5

    Make chocolate moulds. Choose the colour chocolate wafers you want to use and melt in a microwave-safe bowl. Use medium heat and check every 30 seconds, stirring with a spoon. Purchase a shed-proof small brush from the craft store. Dip into the melted chocolate colour and paint the selected area in the mould. Paint at least two coats so the chocolate does not bleed through. Place the mould in the freezer for five minutes. Select the next colour and paint the chosen area. Repeat the process until all colours are painted. Place in the freezer after each application. Heat the fill chocolate and pour over the painted designs. Shake the mould gently from side to side to remove air bubbles. Place in the freezer until chocolate sets. Chocolate moulds should easily be removed from the form.

  6. 6

    Add chocolate moulds to the First Communion cake. Consider using crosses, flowers or other appropriate symbols. Decide where to place the chocolate moulds on the cake. Consider three or four flowers in each corner to create a border for the writing and larger design. Place the chocolate mould on the cake and press gently into place. Make sure the chocolate moulds will not move or fall off when the cake is moved.

Tips and warnings

  • Try using a form pan, such as a cross, for the First Communion cake.

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