First Communion Cake Basics:
No party is complete without a cake to mark the special occasion. When choosing your cake style, keep in mind the number of guests that you are inviting to your celebration as well as your party budget. There are a variety of cake shapes and designs out there to pick from to add the perfect finishing touch to your celebration. You can pick a full or half sheet cake with a simple design or even have a picture of your child printed right onto the icing. Want to take your cake to the next level? Choose a multi layered and intricately decorated cake that will showcase your child or the theme of your celebration. If you are having an intimate get together or just want to show off your creativity you may decide to bake and decorate your own cake for your child's first communion celebration. This can be a great opportunity to show off your baking and decorating skills and as an added bonus it can sometimes save you a lot of money. The downside to baking your own cake is that it adds an extra level of stress to your party planning and may take away from your time to enjoy the celebration.
When determining the size, flavor, and shape of your cake, you need to keep in mind first the amount of people it will need to serve but more importantly the portion of your party budget you have allotted for your cake. While ordering your cake from a specialty baker will ensure a delicious and beautifully decorated cake, it can also cost you a lot of money. The base pricing for a custom baked and decorated cake starts with the amount of portions that you will need. Add to that any special decorating you would like, such as fondant, intricate sugar sculptures, icing flowers and the cost will continue to grow.
First Communion Cake Toppers
There are a lot of options to choose from when you are talking about decoration your cake. You can choose to forgo intricate designs and instead include a cake topper on the top of your cake. There are many different designs of cake toppers, from traditional to modern, available from retailers. If you want to go the more traditional route, pick a cake topper that shows a young boy or girl receiving their first communion, kneeling with a Bible or with hands folded in prayer. You can also include any type of religious symbol you want such as a Bible, cross, chalice, or rosary. Your cake topper can also reflect the theme and colors of your celebration.
Communion cake toppers can be made of porcelain, plastic or even be edible. Cake decorators can create a custom cake topper out of fondant, modeling chocolate, or even as a sugar sculpture that is both beautiful and tasty.
First Communion Cupcakes & Other Alternatives:
Don't want the hassle and mess of a traditional tiered cake or sheet cake? Try cupcakes instead. Cupcakes are an easy way to ensure the correct number of portions and offer easy distribution and clean up. You can bake and decorate homemade cupcakes or have a baker create a custom pull apart cupcake cake. A cupcake cake has the same look of a regular cake but it has the added bonus of being pre-proportioned for quick distribution and easy cleanup. If cupcakes aren't your style you can try cookies. You can have your child decorate homemade cookies or pick up an assortment of cookies from your local bakery. Want to make your cookies even more special? Have you baker create cookies in the shape of a cross, bible, rosary, or to match your party theme. No matter which confection you choose it will surely be a delicious hit with all of your guests.
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