by Stella Zedman
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Kids love lighting all the candles on this cupcake menorah as a festive finale to the Jewish holiday. But they especially love devouring these sweet, cupcake treats in all their frosted finery.
- 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) baking soda
- 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
- 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) vanilla
- 2 egg whites
- 2/3 cups (150 mL) plain yogurt
- any flavor frosting (homemade or store bought)
- assorted decorations for topping (candies, sprinkles, etc.)
- nine candles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line 10 muffin cups with foil or paper liners.
- In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together sugar, butter and vanilla on high speed for about 2 minutes, or until well mixed. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating for about a minute after each one. Now add the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, in about 3 portions each, beating after each addition just until combined, and scraping down the sides to make sure everything is well mixed.
- Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan and place in the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top and a toothpick poked into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool completely on a rack.
- To assemble the menorah, frost all the cupcakes with your choice of icing and decorate in any way your heart desires. Place 9 cupcakes in a row on a platter or foil-covered cardboard base. Place the 10th cupcake on top of the middle one so that it's raised up higher than the others (the "Shamash" or leader). Stick candles into each of the 9 positions. When it's time to light the candles, enjoy the flickering flames while you eat dinner, then eat the menorah for dessert!
How kids can help
Mix the batter for the cupcakes.
Spoon batter into prepared cupcake liners.
Arrange cupcakes and decorate with icing.