Fortune Cookie Cupcakes
Courtesy of Samantha Mattox via kveller.com
(Kveller via JTA) These Fortune Cookie Cupcakes are the perfect way to end your Chinese-inspired Shabbat meal on Christmas! That’s right, I’m packing my Shabbat menu with Chinese food dishes since Christmas falls on Shabbat this year, and the tradition of eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas will be replaced with a Friday night Shabbat meal.
I chose a delicious vanilla almond cupcake to fit the Chinese theme, but feel free to use your family’s favorite type of cupcake. And just like a fortune cookie, these cupcakes have a fortune inside! You didn’t think I would leave out the best part of a fortune cookie, did you? You could get your kids involved by asking them to write the fortunes, or you can write the fortunes yourself, and surprise everybody with the hidden gems inside. Either way, these are fun for all ages. The fortune-filled cupcakes are then finished with a fortune cookie sitting atop a sinful chocolate frosting.
Now let’s have a virtual pep-talk about frosting. You can frost your cupcakes beautifully without being a professional cake decorator. I promise! I, too, used to be afraid of frosting cupcakes. In fact, I never really made cupcakes because of it. I didn’t like the look of frosting just shmeared around on top, but I also thought that piping frosting was way out of my league.
Until I fell in love with the idea of Fortune Cookie Cupcakes for a Chinese Shabbat, and wanted them to look as stunning as I envisioned them in my head. So I nervously bought disposable piping bags and frosting tips from the grocery store (I use the 1M tip), watched a quick YouTube video, and was piping frosting before I knew it! It really is easy, and everybody will be super impressed.
Enjoy your Chinese Shabbat complete with the most fun cupcakes around!