About the Parsha
In VaYetze, Yaakov (Jacob) prepared to leave the home of his father-in-law, Lavan (Laban). He proposed that all the streaked and spotted sheep that would be born to Lavan’s sheep would be his payment. Lavan promptly removed all the existing spotted and streaked sheep from the herd and put them under his sons’ charge. Yaakov then made striped poles and placed them in sight of the remaining sheep. As a result, these sheep gave birth to striped and speckled offspring, and Yaakov became fabulously wealthy before returning home to Canaan.
About the Dessert
I had the idea to make speckled and spotted sheep cupcakes. My son amended that the adult sheep were plain white, while the offspring were streaked and spotted.
Make a batch of cupcakes.
Make buttercream frosting (recipe here) and place in a piping bag.
Using a star piping tip, cover each cupcake with “stars” or swirls.
Make the heads using melted dark chocolate in a piping bag, or a baggie with the corner snipped off. Draw a rounded triangle. Add floppy ears on the upper sides.
When dry, add eyes using melted white chocolate or candy melts. Pipe tiny dots with dark chocolate for the pupils.
When the heads harden, carefully place one on each cupcake.
Make the spots and speckles by piping melted chocolate or chocolate frosting (add cocoa to the white frosting).