Family Fun: Rosh Hashanah Honey Apple Cupcakes

I’m so excited to introduce you all to my friend Brenda Ponnay. Brenda is a crafty, creative mom who writes the blog Secret Agent Josephine. She’s also a tremendously talented graphic designer and illustrator. Brenda was kind enough to contribute a few fun family project ideas to for Rosh Hashanah. This series of posts is kid and family friendly; each project will help children learn the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. First up: Honey Apple Cupcakes!

You know what kids like?  Cupcakes. They love them. There’s just something about a little hand-held piece of cake that makes it more edible and delightful.  Cakes are impressive but cupcakes are fun.  So for a little Happy Rosh Hashanah treat I decided to bake up Tori’s famous Honey Apple Cake into cupcakes instead of a bundt cake. I made these cupcakes with my daughter as a family project. Easy peasy fun!

We decorated them with some homemade printables (which I will share below) and ate them right up. They were tasty!

First I printed out the recipe. Then I gathered the ingredients.

I had some fun trying to make super long apple peeling art.

Then I cut the apples and cored them.

And then shredded them with my handy dandy cheese grater.

I mixed up the rest of the batter according to the recipe and then popped them in the oven.  By filling the muffin tin 3/4 of the way full the recipe made about 24 cupcakes.

While the muffins baked, I got to work doing what I do best: making paper things!  I’m a graphic designer by trade so the paper goodies always make my world go around. I made some little honey bee and apple symbols. I cut them with a circle hole punch; you can hand cut them if you don’t have a large hole punch. Then I pasted them together with a glue stick (you can also use double-sided tape) onto toothpicks.  I made some tiny flags that said “Happy Rosh Hashanah!” and glued those to some toothpicks as well.

If you’d like to play along at home, click here to download your own printable!

When the cupcakes were done baking and had cooled, my daughter and I decorated them with dried apple slices and a generous drizzle of honey. Then we stuck in the cupcake picks and lined them up on a pretty plate.



But what you don’t see here is the discussion my daughter and I had about Rosh Hashanah, and the importance of honey and apples in Jewish New Year.

If you’d like to create this project at home, here are all the links you’ll need:

The Shiksa’s Honey Apple Cake Recipe

Click on the link above and print the recipe for The Shiksa’s Honey Apple Cake. Prepare cake batter as directed. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake papers. Fill each paper about 3/4 full with batter. Bake cupcakes for about 25 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This will make about 24 cupcakes. Buy dried apple rings, honey, and toothpicks to decorate the tops of the cupcakes.

Happy Rosh Hashanah Printable

Print 4 copies of this sheet in color; this will make more than enough double-sided printables for 24 cupcakes.

What is Rosh Hashanah?

If you are not familiar with Jewish tradition, this document will help you explain Rosh Hashanah to your child, and why apples and honey are part of the Jewish New Year tradition.

To learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, click here.

For more Rosh Hashanah crafts, click here.

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  1. Susie says:

    The cupcakes look great, but seriously how cute is your little one. :)

  2. These cupcakes sound so good that I could happily eat them any time of the year, but they sound like an absolutely perfect Rosh Hashanah dessert… especially with those super-cute printables! What a great way to introduce kids to the meaning behind apples and honey.

  3. Ann says:

    What delicious cup-cakes! Your print-out is super and your daughter is SO cute! I’m with you….there’s something about a cupcake that is wonderful! A little gift beautifully decorated! Yummy!

  4. Dawn says:

    Tori, these are awesome. What a great mom you are too!

  5. This is a great post-you and Brenda make a super team! I love the way you decorated these and apple cupcakes sound divine.That picture of your daughter is priceless!

  6. Curt says:

    Wow, those look really tasty with the honey and apple slice.

  7. cupcakes are indeed wonderful (they can help with portion control :)!
    Thanks so much for sharing the information about Rosh Hashanah.
    I love the honey bee art…oh so cute.

  8. Lacy says:

    These cupcakes look amazing and I absolutely love the adorable print outs! Yum!!

  9. Tori Avey says:

    Thanks everybody! Now, as much as I would love to take credit for all of this cuteness, she is not my daughter… she belongs to Brenda. :)

  10. Ramona says:

    Wonderful recipe and so cute. Your friend is indeed creative. My daughter’s b-day is coming up and this gives me ideas. : )

  11. These cupcakes look so cute and yummy! I love Brenda’s printables! What a fun way to decorate these cupcakes!

  12. Liz says:

    Your daughter is a living doll!!! Too cute. And these look like fabulous cupcakes…and I’m loving those printables, too…so nicely designed.

  13. Kristy says:

    This is such a cute post Tori! I loved it. I love when teaching is fun and memorable! It makes the learning all the better. :)

  14. Tammy says:

    I’m going to make these with my preschool class. Does the cooking time need to be shortened for cupcakes?

    • Tori Avey says:

      Hi Tammy! Bake time will be shorted considerably to about 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Have fun! Send me a picture of your class, please! :)

  15. Mariko says:

    These look delicious. I love honey in cake and that face on your daughter is precious.

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  17. Carol N. says:

    I just made the cupcakes and they are delicious! I put half of them in the freezer to use for Yom Kippur.

  18. Angela M says:

    Just finished making these and had my first bite. They are wonderful! I can’t wait to share them with friends tomorrow night!

  19. Kristen says:

    Eons ago, I baked for a Jewish temple near my home. When Rosh Hashanah came, they ordered 40 loaves of honey cake one week. I wish I had had this recipe then!!

  20. Lori says:

    I loved the idea of smaller portions so I baked these for Rosh Hashanah. I would recommend a shorter cooking time. Mine are a little dry. My problem may also have been that I sqeezed alot of the apple juice out before adding to the mix. I have too many nightmare apple cake memories that were gummy inside due to too much juice from the apples. I bought a can of caramel frosting and my husband is very happy with the cupcakes now! I will try again because the flavor was great! Thank you!

    • Tori Avey says:

      You’re welcome Lori! I baked mine this weekend for about 30 minutes and they were perfect. Next time you make them, don’t squeeze the juice out of the shredded apples, they are there to provide moisture. Also, since ovens vary greatly, bake these cupcakes till they test clean with a toothpick. Glad you enjoyed the flavor! I bet caramel frosting is a perfect accompaniment. :)

  21. What a perfect treat for the little ones (and us grown ups too) -
    I love the apple circles on top of the cupcakes – a lovely touch!


  22. tammy says:

    Tori, I’m afraid I can’t send a photo due to privacy issues, but we made the cupcakes and they came out great! I had to pass out the recipe to all my parents. If I can make it with 12 three year olds, anyone can make it. I look forward to your Sukkot ideas.

  23. Leah says:

    Amazing idea! I love it and am so doing this for next Rosh Hashanah. L’Shana Tova!

  24. AmyinBC says:

    YUM. And bonus, something new to do with all the apples our tree is producing!


  25. Sally says:

    I tried to download the images but the pdf file is not opening. I’d love to make the cupcakes for my holiday celebration. Thanks for this wonderful site. Happy, healthy New Year.

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