Pentecost Sunday Celebration With Strawberry Cake- Happy Birthday To The Church!

As Pentecost is known as the birthday of the church, it seems to be traditional to make a “birthday cake” for the church on Pentecost Sunday!

pentecost cake

Be sure to check out more Pentecost Sunday ideas here!

I usually see these covered in strawberries, and my guess for this reason is twofold: Number 1, the liturgical color of Pentecost is red, and strawberries are red. Number 2, strawberries are in season around this time of year, so they’re affordable. To randomly throw a third reason on there (even though I just said “twofold”), strawberries are kinda shaped like flames, so they work well as “tongues of fire.”

This doesn’t have to be overly complicated. In the past, we have simply purchased a pre-made angel food cake, filled it with strawberries, and topped it with whipped cream. Fast and simple! Another simple option could be making a red velvet cake from a boxed cake mix.

easy pentecost cake

When it’s time to light the “birthday candles”, you could either put 1 candle for each year that the church is old (good luck with that!) or you can simply have 12 candles- one to represent each of the apostles when the tongues of fire came down on Pentecost. My option is usually the maximum amount of white candles we currently have available in our kitchen junk drawer.

easy strawberry pentecost cake for pentecost sunday

Random tip: Be sure to put your whipped cream on at the last minute because that stuff does not hold it’s shape for long! (cool whip tends to hold it’s shape better than real whipped cream. If you love the real stuff, you can see my recipe for whipped cream that holds its shape here.)

If you’re in the mood for something more complicated, you can make a cake that’s actually made from strawberries, and tastes like strawberries! (Unlike the “strawberry” cake mixes, or the recipes that use strawberry jell-o and lots of red food dye.)

How To Make A Real Strawberry Cake Out Of Strawberries That Actually Tastes Like Strawberries:

how to make real strawberry cake

Ingredients Needed:

  • Boxed cake mix, white or yellow (or your favorite cake recipe)
  • Whatever gets added to your cake mix or cake recipe
  • 2 cartons of fresh strawberries
  • Can of icing, white (or your favorite white icing recipe)
  • For a double layer cake, you will also need some strawberry jam, and double the cake mix, strawberries, and icing

Start by mixing up your cake mix, but substitute one cup of water for a cup of crushed strawberries. I crushed mine by slicing the strawberries, putting them in a freezer bag, and smashing them with a can of soup. Bake according to package directions- you know, until it’s not wiggly in the middle anymore. I baked 2 round cakes, because I wanted to make a nice tall double layer cake.

how to make strawberry cake

Put your icing in a bowl, and add some crushed strawberries to it as well. Add them slowly, making sure not to make your icing too thin.

strawberry icing

When your first layer of cake cools, spread on a layer of strawberry jam.

how to make a strawberry pentecost cake

strawberry jam cake

Then, stick on a layer of thinly sliced strawberries.

how to make a real strawberry cake

When your second layer of cake is cool, place it on top of the strawberries. Some of the awesome yumminess will squish out.

strawberry layer cake

Cover the whole thing in your strawberry icing.

strawberry pentecost cake

Garnish with strawberries. The strawberries I put around the bottom were cut into quarters. These were really easy to add and made the cake look nice.

This cake really tastes like strawberries! So fresh and fun- nothing at all like that “strawberry” cake mix stuff you get in the store. It was a big hit here!

If you’re really in an energetic mood, you can serve your Pentecost birthday cake with ice cream-  or rather Pentecost “Sundaes!” 😉

Be sure to check out more Pentecost Sunday ideas here!

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