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Parshas Vayeitzei Ladder Cupcakes

Here's an adorable parsha dessert that you or your kids can create for the shabbos table! Create just the ladders, or complete the full ladder-topped cupcake dessert. Yakov left his hometown, Beer Sheva, and headed to Charan. On the way he stopped to rest, dreaming of the ladder with the angels rising and descending.

Follow our step-by-step guide to create your very own cupcake ladders.

What You Will Need:

  • Favorite cupcakes (I used a cake mix)

  • Chocolate frosting (bought or homemade)

  • Rock chocolate

  • Pretzel Sticks

  • Baking Chocolate (not chocolate chips)

  • Sprinkles or colored sugar (optional)

  • Skewers

  • Parchment paper

Creating Pretzel Ladders:

  1. Align two pretzels of the same height. Take another two pretzels and using a good knife, cut the pretzels into three smaller pieces for the rungs of the ladder. Cut them down to be equal in length. Repeat this to have enough pieces for all of the ladders you wish to create. (It is perfectly normal for some of the pretzels to break at the wrong place, just sneak a bite and enjoy the imperfect ones).

2. Melt the baking chocolate and allow to cool a bit. Working with very hot chocolate won't allow the chocolate to be used as "glue".

3. Dip the two ends of the "ladder rungs" into the chocolate and them set into place on a piece of parchment paper. Allow to cool.

4. Place the hardened ladders on two skewers over a bowl or pan (see picture below), to allow the chocolate to drip down.

5. Pour the slightly warm chocolate over the ladders to cover the ladders (make sure it is not hot, or the ladder joints will melt). When partially set, (chocolate not running) remove the ladders from the skewers and allow them to harden completely on the parchment paper. Before they are fully set, add colored sugar or sprinkles (optional).

Now for the fun cupcake part!

Now that we have created our ladders, let's bring this all together. You will need to gather the ladders, cupcakes, chocolate frosting and chocolate rocks.

For best results, assemble in the following order:

  1. Spread a nice amount of chocolate frosting on the cupcakes.

  2. Carefully pick up your ladder and gently press it into the cupcake deep enough to stand on its own.

  3. Finish it off by adding the rocks all around the ladder.

Don't have chocolate rocks? Just get creative and find something else to place there (chocolate chips, chocolate lentils etc.)

And here we have it! This adorable parsha themed dessert that will keep the kids busy creating and will wow the guests at your shabbos table.


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