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Jewish Cupcakes? There are many reasons to celebrate this time of year. Easter, Passover, and the vernal equinox all fall within a couple of weeks of one another. All three holidays have their own traditions but have something in common as well: they call for chocolate!
This article will walk you through how to make these Star of David Jewish cupcakes that will be perfect for your next celebration or as an addition to your dessert table!
Star of David Jewish Cupcakes
Of course, these cupcakes will work for other holidays – Hanukkah and Yom Kippur both come to mind. Heck, who really needs an excuse to make a yummy treat?
All I can think of is Adam Sandler’s song Hanukkah – and how all holiday cupcakes can’t be about Christmas!
What *is* the Star of David?
The Star of David is a six-pointed star that has been around for centuries, and this shape is recognized as the symbol of Judaism. It is also known as the Shield of David.
Being an inherently simple geometric construction with a hexagon as a base, it has been used in various motifs throughout human history – most were not religious.
The symbol was also used in Christian churches as a decoration of sorts for many centuries before its first known use in a Jewish synagogue.
The earliest Jewish usage of the symbol was inherited from medieval Arabic literature, where it was known as the Seal of Solomon among Muslims, when Kabbalists adopted it for use in talismanic protective amulets (segulot).Wikipedia
The actual name “Shield of David”, or “Star of David” might have either Islamic or Jewish roots in mystical works.
History of the Star of David
Before the 19th century, official use in Jewish communities was generally known only in the region of today’s Germanic region: the Czech Republic, Austria, and possibly parts of Southern Germany.
During the 19th century, that is when it really started popping up! Whether the Jews were looking for a main focal symbol – like the Christians have the cross – or not, it really started to spread through Europe, and across the world around the time WWI hit. It was then that it started to be used on the graves of fallen soldiers.
Tragically, it was a defining mark during WWII and the German Occupation of most of Europe. The Jewish community was basically branded with their gold stars and rounded up, literally like cattle.
We toured Buchenwald a few years back and if anyone dares tell me that the Holocaust didn’t happen, they will get an ear full from me.
From the German invasion of Poland in 1939 – until relief in 1944, that gold star wasn’t much of a shield for anyone.
Back on topic
SOOOO, I totally went down the rabbit hole there – but I want to think of these Star of David Cupcakes as a nod to these amazing people with such incredible perseverance.
We make these in blue – and put on a white field of frosting as it lines up with the colors on the Israeli flag. I know the blue isn’t AS dark as the traditional colors, but you get the idea. My store was out of the Royal Blue Candy Melts.
Easy to Make Star of David Cupcakes
These are easy-to-make Star of David cupcake toppers. This is something you could involve the littles with – as the candy melts don’t get THAT hot, and they can play with the geometric shapes.
Kids learn SO MUCH in the kitchen! Just check out this article that tells you more on that: 7 Ways Kids Learn From Cooking
As for the actual cupcake bases – you can use either a boxed cake mix to make them or one of these recipes of ours:
- Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
- Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
- Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch
- The Best Keto Chocolate Cupcakes
- How to Make Killer Cupcakes
Star of David Cupcake Toppers
You will need:
You will also need:
- Large open star tip (Wilton 1M Open Star Piping Tip)
- Piping bags
How to make the Star of David Cupcake Toppers
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
Melt the candy coating according to package directions giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the candy coating is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden.
Toss each pretzel stick in the melted blue candy and then place it on the waxed paper to create triangles.
Allow them to dry completely.
Once the pretzels have dried, use a small amount of melted candy to attach one triangle over another triangle to create a star.
If desired, transfer the remaining candy melts to a piping bag. Snip the tip from the bag and drizzle the candy over the pretzel stars. Allow them to dry completely.
Pipe vanilla frosting on each cupcake using an open star tip.
Gently lay a pretzel star on each cupcake and your Star or David, or Shield of David Jewish Cupcakes are complete!.
Aren’t they cool? I am really tickled with how they turned out!