Often times when someone has a birthday the celebration is with a birthday cake. People sing to the birthday person, they blow out the candle(s), make a wish and then savor that yummy, rich taste of cake. Ah, the joys of eating and celebrating life!
When my son was small his grandmother decided we should make baby Jesus a birthday cake. Together we would make a popcorn cake with cut up gum drops for color. On Christmas we would light the angel candle in the center and sing ♪♫ happy birthday ♪♫ to baby Jesus. We delighted in watching the wonderment through my son’s expressions. I still envision his beautiful, brown eyes shining and grandma beaming.
The lit angel has double meaning since grandma and grandpa went to heaven. We now say prayers to our angels in heaven along with happy birthday to Jesus.
I decided to make this traditional cake last evening. (It will stay fresh in a sealed container until the 25th)
Photo of my Popcorn Cake
I know you want a piece! Here is the recipe:
4 quarts of popped corn (remove hulls or any unpopped popcorn kernels)
1 large bag miniature marshmallows
2/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup canola oil
red and green gum drops cut up
Melt marshmallows, butter and oil in double boiler. Pour over popped corn in large bowl. Add cut up gum drops. Stir and put into greased angel food pan.
Christmas traditions keep on going through generations. Feel free to share yours with us.
Until next time