baby Jesus’ birthday cake

My boys schools celebrated Jesus’ birthday in the last few days before the Christmas break and I signed up to bring the cake for my youngest son’s class party. After I signed up then it hit me what a tall order it was going to be: it had to have meaning to the kids and I couldn’t use anything fancy because let’s face it… what four year old is going to eat a fondant cake… plus that seemed a little over the top for a preschool class. 

So in the end I iced a normal homemade cake and adorned it with the manger scene. I tried to keep it simple so I chose to make the stable from graham crackers with a party mix roof and pretzel posts, the manger from pretzel sticks, the lamb from marshmallows (four for the body and one for the head) and coconut (I wish you could see the coconut ears better!) and the beautiful baby Jesus was made of Cheerios. My son liked that part best!

And of course there had to be a star, so I swiped another ornament from their playroom tree (it’s going to be bald soon if I don’t stop crafting) and I tied it to a piece of floral wire and a lollipop stick, which I stuck in the cake behind the stable, so that it could hang in the sky. Last, but not least, I wanted the little lamb to be looking up in awe of the glorious glow (his little face was drawn on; you can find food dye pens at your craft store or bakery supply shop).

For the stable, cut the back graham cracker on a slant with a serrated knife. If you use a sawing motion they won’t break. Then bond the pieces with icing, allowing dry time before finally assembly. All other items can be assembled with icing as well, just allow dry time. I would recommend 30 minutes just to be confident they won’t break when you pick them up. If you need the process to be quicker, refrigerate.

I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas season and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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About Kim

Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1

    meaningful and adorable! I love it!

  2. 2

    This is great!!!

  3. 3

    so cute!

  4. 4

    Clever and cute!

  5. 5

    Thank you, I hope you have a great Christmas too. I’m glad you kept the true meaning of Christmas in this cake which turned out beautiful. I am very inspired. As a matter of fact, I will definetly be trying something like this for Chrsitmas this year. Can’t wait! Thank you so much for all the information and helpful tips. May God bless you and your family always and abundantly.

  6. 6

    Hi! I saw your wonderful idea at my friend’s blog (My Little Flower), and I loved it so much that I decided to give it a try!! But Oh, surprise, it nothing like yours!! You did a wonderful job! This is my post: http://familiacatolica-org.blogspot.com/2011/12/nacimiento-hecho-con-galletas-y-cereal.html
    Blessings!