How to Make a Cross Cake

Updated April 17, 2017

Cross-shaped cakes can be made for many occasions, such as First Communion, Confirmation, a Christening, Easter or even just to show your pastor or spiritual leader how much you appreciate him or her. Cross cakes are simple to assemble and can become the unique centrepiece of the food or dessert table.These cakes can be made in any flavour and decorated to match any theme or colour scheme, making each cake as individual as the recipient.

Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Spray the rectangular cake pan with cooking spray. Bake according to package directions and cool cake completely.

Cut the cooled cake in half lengthwise. Let one half remain intact. Cut the second side in half again lengthwise. Cut one of these halves in half once again. At this time, you should have one long, one medium and two short pieces of cake.

Arrange the longest and medium-sized pieces of cake end to end in the middle of the serving plate. This the main part of the cross. Use a knife to add frosting between the two pieces to hold them together like an edible glue.

Use more frosting to glue the smaller pieces of either side of the main cross. They should align near the joint of the first two pieces of cake.

Crumb coat the cake. A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting that covers the entire cake and seals the edges of the cake to keep it moist and so the final layer of frosting is clean and smooth. Refrigerate the cake after applying the crumb coat.

Cover the entire cake in a final layer of frosting, taking care to keep it smooth. Decorate the cake with edible decorations, available at most craft supply stores in the cake and candy section.

Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions. Spray a light coating of cooking spray in the cross-shaped baking pan, taking care to coat the corners. Bake according to the package directions.

Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes. Invert the serving plate over the top of the cake pan. Gently flip the plate and pan,holding them tightly together, so the cake will transfer to the serving plate. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Frost the cake with a smooth layer and decorate with edible decorations before serving.


The cross pan cake is easier to make since you bake the cake in the cross shape and shouldn't need to crumb coat. The freehand cake can be made in any size as long as the cake is baked in a rectangular pan and can be easily adjusted for any gathering. You also don't need to invest in a speciality pan for this cake.


Wear oven gloves or gloves when handling and flipping the shaped cross cake from the pan to the serving plate.

Things You'll Need

  • For the freehand cake:
  • Rectangular cake pan (9 x 13 or larger)
  • Cooking spay
  • Cake mix
  • Rectangular serving plate
  • Frosting (homemade or canned)
  • Frosting knife or butter knife
  • Edible decorations
  • For the shaped cake:
  • Cross-shaped baking pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Cake mix
  • Rectangular serving plate
  • Frosting (homemade or canned)
  • Frosting knife or butter knife
  • Edible decorations
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About the Author

Susan King is a teacher with 27 years experience with all ages, grade levels and ability levels, including teaching in China. She has written a book, "The Road to Rebecca," about adopting from China. She graduated from Texas A&M University. She also has a ThM from Colorado Theological Seminary in Christian Counseling and recently received her PhD.