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Delicious Hamsa Hand Cake – Shana Tovah

This cake shaped like a Hamsa Hand celebrates Rosh Hashanah-The Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur- the day of atonement.  The two days of Rosh Hashanah begin the Ten Days of Repentance (Aseret Yemei Teshuvah), also known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim), which culminate in the major fast day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  

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The Hamsa Hand is an ancient middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God.  In all faiths it is a protective sign and brings its owner health, happiness, luck and good fortune.  The hamsa hand has many spellings including hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, khamsa.  You can wear the hand facing up or down and it is believed to give the owner success and protection from the Ayin Ha’ra also known as The Evil Eye.  I wanted to do a cake that beautifully represented not only the Hamsa Hand but a symbolic food recognized as a new beginning.  

Hamsa Hand Cake mold.

Hamsa Hand Cake Mold
Raspberry Buttercream.

Raspberry Lemon Buttercream
Coat the berries with flour so they don't sink in the batter.

Coat your berries in flour so they don’t sink in the batter.

Grid drawn on parchment paper.

My freehand drawing on parchment paper. Here you see this paper laid over the cake to get perspective.
Crumb Coat.

Crumb coat prior to grid layout.

My free hand grid drawn in the buttercream with a skewer stick.

This is a dbl layered cake. Lemon and lemon raspberry.
Outlining all the edges is how you start.  Then gradually fill in the centers.

Do the outlining first.
Work around the edges and sides.

Fill in after you outline. Everything in-between is done last.

There is a tradition at Rosh Hashanah to eat symbolic foods (simanim) meant to help ensure a good new year.  I wanted to represent Rosh Hashanah by featuring the Pomegranate.  The celebration of new and unusual experiences.  This 2020 year needs new direction into positive attitudes, experiences and self reflection.  A time to learn and grow during such difficult times. 

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The buttercream piping style is pointillism.  I drew a grid on parchment paper then  laid the grid on top of the cake to get a visual reference.  I took a skewer stick and drew the outlines.  The idea is to pipe the outlines of each figure and then fill everything in.  Piping in the pointillism style is very time consuming and intricate.  It take much patience.  Use one buttercream color in all areas of that color then move onto the next color.  Like paining, take each color and fill in until you are done.  The white buttercream was done last.  Everything in-between the main pattern is done last.  

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Pointillism Piping Cake



Lemon raspberry cake with raspberry lemon buttercream frosting. Yum!

I hope this cake inspires you. Thanks for visiting. Happy Baking.

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