It is time to celebrate as we complete the Book of Shemos this week! In addition to celebrating the completion of the entire book of Exodus, in this week’s Torah portion the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and all of its components are finally complete! Over the last few parshios, we have learned many details of the vessels of the Mishkan, the structure, and the service in Tabernacle. To celebrate this we will be creating our own Mini Mishkan (Tabernacle) Desserts with a beautiful multi-colored covering over them.
Here’s What You Will Need:
Yellow or white cake mix
Red baking chocolate or candy melts
Blue baking chocolate or candy melts
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Begin by following directions of the cake mix to create the cake batter. Alternatively, you can use your favorite cake recipe to create a batter.
Use a ladle or spoon to scoop out the batter and pour it into the rectangle molds, about three-quarters full. This dessert is still possible to create without a mold. Just place the batter in a cake tin, or foil pan, then manually cut the cake into rectangles once the cake is cooled.
Place your cake mold in the oven, and bake for twenty minutes.
While the cake is baking, you can move on to cutting the chocolate and melting it.
Using a cutting board and knife, cut the chocolate into small chunks. This allows the chocolate to melt quicker and more evenly.
Place each color chocolate into a separate bag. Then double bag each bag of chocolate. This will ensure water will not enter the bag as we melt the chocolate in hot water.
To melt the chocolate using the hot water method, simply place hot water, from an urn or kettle, into a bowl. Next, place the bags of chocolate into the bowl. Leave the bags of chocolate in the hot water for five to ten minutes.
Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool. Once the cake is cool, take a knife and cut off the humps, creating an even rectangle.
Carefully push the cakes out of the molds.
The chocolate should be melted at this point. Use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut a small hole at the tip of the blue and red bag.
Pipe one color in any pattern you would like. In the sample above, a zigzag pattern was used.
Next, pipe the color onto the mini cakes.
Allow to dry, and there you have it, a small representation of the completion of the Mishkan back in the desert as the Jewish people journeyed for forty years.