Rasta cake ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

If you travel to Jamaica, chances are you will encounter people who follow Rastafarianism, a religion that is primarily popular in Jamaica and a few other parts of the world. Like others in cultures around the world, Rastafarians celebrate their birthdays. There are several ways you can incorporate Rastafarian themes into a birthday cake.

Green, red and gold

Green, red and gold have important symbolic meaning in Rastafarian culture. To Rastafarians, red symbolises the blood of Christian and African martyrs; green symbolises the lush forests and plains of Africa; and gold symbolises wealth. The three colours are also seen in both the Jamaican and Ethiopian flags.

You can incorporate these colours into a cake by frosting your favourite cake recipe with red, green and gold-tinted frosting or covering it with fondant in all three colours. To take the theme even further, you can tint the cake batter in the three colours and layer the batters, or swirl them, before baking to make a tricolour Rasta cake.

Dreadlock cake

Dreadlocks are a primary identifying trait of Rastafarians. The practice of growing hair into long, thick locks is supported in the Rastafarian belief system by Biblical scripture, specifically Leviticus 21:5 and Numbers 6:5, which adherents believe contain commandments from God to refrain from cutting their hair.

You can create a cake with "dreadlocks" by piping large ropes of chocolate frosting along the top and sides of a layer cake. You may even want to go a step further and decorate the cake to look like the person you are making it for, if that person has dreadlocks.

Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah is the symbol of Haile Selassie, the primary figure of the Rastafarian religion. The Lion of Judah is also a symbol for Jesus Christ, of whom Rastafarian followers believe Haile Selassie is a reincarnation.

Create a cake replica of the Lion of Judah using two pound cakes. Slice the tops off of both cakes and turn them upside down. Cut one of the cakes in half vertically, then cut one of the halves into four quarters. The first, whole cake will form the lion's body. The half piece of the second cake will be the lion's head. The four quarters will form the lion's head and paws. Arrange these pieces in the form of a crouching lion and frost with orange and brown frosting resembling fur.

Rastafarian image cake

For the last idea, you can decorate a sheet cake with a variety of Rastafarian images. Frost a 33-by-23-cm (13-by-9-inch) cake with frosting tinted in the colour of your choice, then decorate it further with an image of Haile Selasse drawn with icing or printed on edible icing sheets. You can also draw or print a picture of Ethiopia (Haile Selassie was once the Emperor of Ethiopia). Additionally, you can write common Rastafarian phrases in icing; phrases such as I-tal (the dietary laws), Irie (positivity), Zion and Babylon.

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Jeremy Cato is a writer from Atlanta who graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and an English degree from Morehouse College. An avid artist and hobbyist, he began professionally writing in 2011, specializing in crafts-related articles for various websites.