I’m so excited to introduce you all to my friend Brenda Ponnay. Brenda is a crafty, creative mom who writes the blog Secret Agent Josephine. She’s also a tremendously talented graphic designer and illustrator. Brenda was kind enough to contribute a few fun family project ideas to TheShiksa.com for Rosh Hashanah. This series of posts is kid and family friendly; each project will help children learn the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. First up: Honey Apple Cupcakes!
You know what kids like? Cupcakes. They love them. There’s just something about a little hand-held piece of cake that makes it more edible and delightful. Cakes are impressive but cupcakes are fun. So for a little Happy Rosh Hashanah treat I decided to bake up Tori’s famous Honey Apple Cake into cupcakes instead of a bundt cake. I made these cupcakes with my daughter as a family project. Easy peasy fun!
We decorated them with some homemade printables (which I will share below) and ate them right up. They were tasty!
First I printed out the recipe. Then I gathered the ingredients.
I had some fun trying to make super long apple peeling art.
Then I cut the apples and cored them.
And then shredded them with my handy dandy cheese grater.
I mixed up the rest of the batter according to the recipe and then popped them in the oven. By filling the muffin tin 3/4 of the way full the recipe made about 24 cupcakes.
While the muffins baked, I got to work doing what I do best: making paper things! I’m a graphic designer by trade so the paper goodies always make my world go around. I made some little honey bee and apple symbols. I cut them with a circle hole punch; you can hand cut them if you don’t have a large hole punch. Then I pasted them together with a glue stick (you can also use double-sided tape) onto toothpicks. I made some tiny flags that said “Happy Rosh Hashanah!” and glued those to some toothpicks as well.
If you’d like to play along at home, click here to download your own printable!
When the cupcakes were done baking and had cooled, my daughter and I decorated them with dried apple slices and a generous drizzle of honey. Then we stuck in the cupcake picks and lined them up on a pretty plate.
But what you don’t see here is the discussion my daughter and I had about Rosh Hashanah, and the importance of honey and apples in Jewish New Year.
If you’d like to create this project at home, here are all the links you’ll need:
Click on the link above and print the recipe for The Shiksa’s Honey Apple Cake. Prepare cake batter as directed. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake papers. Fill each paper about 3/4 full with batter. Bake cupcakes for about 25 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This will make about 24 cupcakes. Buy dried apple rings, honey, and toothpicks to decorate the tops of the cupcakes.
Print 4 copies of this sheet in color; this will make more than enough double-sided printables for 24 cupcakes.
If you are not familiar with Jewish tradition, this document will help you explain Rosh Hashanah to your child, and why apples and honey are part of the Jewish New Year tradition.
To learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, click here.
For more Rosh Hashanah crafts, click here.