Congratulations! You made it through all of the big feelings of Yom HaZikaron, and emerged into one of the best days of any small child’s life – a birthday! It’s Israel’s birthday! Let’s throw Israel a party! And the best part of any birthday is cake. Obviously.
However, thanks to two of your four of small children developing nightmares, REM sleep is now only a thing that other people do. Survival mode it is!
- A box of cake mix, Funfetti recommended for extra awesomeness
- Duncan Hines white icing
- Sprinkles, ideally in blue and yellow
- Festive cupcake papers, because asking the children to share cake decorating duties is for people who love unnecessary arguments
- Spend 20 minutes and what you are sure is half of the Earth’s clean water supply washing hands before you cook.
- Follow directions on the box, making sure to keep the babies from eating too much raw egg.
- Feed the children what you hope will be a lovely, balanced lunch that inevitably devolves into their exclusive diet of yogurt and cheddar bunnies while the cupcakes bake.
- Wait for cupcakes to cool because last year you ignored this advice and burned everyone’s fingers. Just to enhance your already blossoming Jewish parental guilt, the children still talk about the time we all touched the “too hot cake.”
- Have the children first apply white icing, then decorate with sprinkles. Extra points for encouraging the kids to practice lines and shapes by making a Star of David from two triangles.
- Enjoy the cupcakes with your sweet and beloved children. Allow the sugar high to wash over you, hopefully carrying you through the next thirty minutes, when you will permit yourself to have a fourth cup of coffee for the day.
Rabbi Lauren Ben-Shoshan, M.A.R.E., resides in Palo Alto, California with her energetic husband and their four very small perpetual motion machines children.