A Polish nun by the name of Maria Faustina (now St. Faustina) received a profound revelation of the Divine Mercy given to us by our crucified savior, Jesus. We are bestowed a mercy we do not deserve and could never merit ourselves. This mercy was made visible in the blood and the water that flowed from Jesus’s side on the cross. This cake is a wonderful, easy way to share beautifully the lesson of Divine Mercy and to discuss Saint Faustina with your family!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups sifted flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
- your favorite buttercream frosting recipe
- red sprinkles (or red raspberries)
- blue sprinkles (or blueberries)
Preheat oven to 350˚. Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. Add egg yolks and vanilla, beating well. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Stir gently until blended. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour batter into one square pan and one round pan (this will create the heart shaped cake). Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
When cool, frost with buttercream frosting and decorate with rays streaming from each side (red sprinkles for the red blood of Jesus that is our life, and blue sprinkles for the water that justifies our souls).
The visual image of the cake is a symbol of charity, forgiveness, and the unending love of God, referred to as the “Fountain of Mercy.”