Celebrating The Feast Of St. Joseph At Home- March 19

Happy feast of St. Joseph! I wanted to share with you our celebration for St. Joseph’s feast day last year, but our desktop computer crashed, and I haven’t yet been able to retrieve some of my pictures. (gasp!). So I don’t have all of my pictures to show you, and I was going to skip posting about it all together, but it turns out my mom had taken a picture of the cake I made. πŸ™‚ You can find all of my resources for celebrating St. Joseph’s feast day here.

So here you have it- a St. Joseph’s altar cake! The perfect cake for celebrating the feast of St. Joseph. πŸ™‚

St. Joseph's feast day, March 19- a cake for celebrating!

As sincerely as I wish I had all of my tutorial pictures to show you, this will have to do for now. It’s a basic layer cake, meant to resemble a St. Joseph’s altar. Here’s a picture of what a St. Joseph’s altar can look like at home: (you can read more about this here)

St. Joseph's altar, for the home

The cake has all the same basic components: the stair stepping shape, candles, fig newton treats with symbols, (if I were more talented, it could have icing roses- lol!) and it could also have fruit or whatever else you wanted. While it’s also traditional to serve fava beans on St. Joseph’s day, we placed jelly beans on the cake. Since the tradition of a St. Joseph’s altar comes from Italy, we used jelly beans in Italian colors.

jelly beans as fava beans for st. joseph's feast day

You can see my picture tutorial for making the fig newtons with St. Joseph symbols in them here. Here are some of the symbols we like to use.

traditional treast for St

My St. Joseph statue is way to big to put on top of a cake, so we actually pulled our St. Joseph statue from our Christmas nativity set, and it worked quite well. I did wash it first. πŸ˜‰

st. joseph statue from nativity set for top of cake

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We also served lily sandwiches because lilies are another symbol of purity, and therefore, St. Joseph. These were easy to make. Make your favorite white sandwich filling (egg salad, chicken salad, pineapple salad- whatever). Use white bread, and cut off the crust. Put the sandwich filling in, and curl the bread around like a cone. Put a pineapple chunk in the middle as the “pollen-stuff” in lilies. We also used the greens from the top of our pineapple to make “leaves” beside the flowers.

lily sandwiches for st. joseph's feast day

This cake also doubled as a birthday cake for my Nana, who’s birthday is on St. Joseph’s feast day.

st joseph's day birthday cake

My Nana is turning 80 years old today, so I wanted to shout out and say- Happy Birthday Nana! We love you!!!! πŸ™‚

nana and lacy

I also have this printable St. Joseph’s altar for kids that is really fun, so check it out! 

You will find even more awesome resources for celebrating the feast day of St. Joseph here!


  1. Tracy Bua Smith says

    Love it Lacy! Such a lovely cake for St. Joseph’s Feast Day and your Nana’s birthday! Sorry about your picture loss That is so frustrating! May you have a blessed feast day! Here is our homeschool’s annual St. Joseph’s feast day celebration this year if you want to take a peek: http://asliceofsmithlife.blogspot.com/2014/03/husbands-birthday-and-st-joseph.html

  2. Tracy Bua Smith says

    I started a St. Joseph Feast Day Celebration Pinterest board that mostly has my posts on it from our homeschool’s feast day celebrations through the years. I pinned this one to the board πŸ™‚
    Here’s the link in case you want to check it out (in your “spare” time) πŸ™‚

    • Love it! And I loved the link you left on facebook, too. So cool that you also have a birthday on St. Joseph’s day. Followed your board. If anyone else does something cool for this feast day, I fully expect your pinterest board to let me know. πŸ˜‰

  3. Wow!! Your Nana looks great for 80!!! So young! πŸ™‚ Great cake idea! Thanks for sharing! Happy Feast of St. Joseph!

  4. Pam @ Everyday Snapshots says

    I am horrible at actually DOING something to celebrate the liturgical year and normally blogs that go all out just make me feel bad, but yours does not. Even if I may never make my own cake like this one (and the likelihood is high I won’t), this post is still inspiring. You have a wonderful spirit and way about sharing what you do. This is just lovely.

    Now if you can just start a boot camp for moms like me who want to do things like this for my kids, but can’t ever seem to pull it together. Happy Feast!

    • Lol! I kinda tried with my Advent book. I wish I had time to put something like that together for all year. I don’t always celebrate ever day either. In fact, we’re swamped this year and actually not really celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph today either. Glad to hear my blog doesn’t make you feel bad- that is certainly not my intention. πŸ™‚

  5. The cake and ideas are lovely. I am going to start building mine right now! And a SUPER Happy Birthday to your Nana! I still miss my Memaw every day, so give her a hug from me to, she may not know me but Grandmas are always willing to have an extra hug!

  6. Melinda D'Souza says

    I was so surprised to see that your Nana is one of my old friends from church…small world. We moved to Texas about 8 years ago so I don’t see her any more. Hope to visit my parents in June and maybe meet up.