Explanation each male 20 and up was required to give a half a shekel. It was collected in Adar to be used beginning in Nissan
Made from the Sugar Cookie Recipe from Susie Fishbein's Kids in the Kitchen. rolled out some of the dough to write 1/2 on the cookies. Made Glaze from confectioner's sugar, water, and corn syrup. Dissapointingly, the black food coloring turned purplish rather than silverish.
After Moshe spent 40 days and nights on Har Sinai, he came down and saw the egel hazahav, the golden calf. He took the egel, ground it and put it in water for the people to drink
יט וַיְהִי, כַּאֲשֶׁר קָרַב אֶל-הַמַּחֲנֶה, וַיַּרְא אֶת-הָעֵגֶל, וּמְחֹלֹת; וַיִּחַר-אַף מֹשֶׁה, וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ מִיָּדָו אֶת-הַלֻּחֹת, וַיְשַׁבֵּר אֹתָם, תַּחַת הָהָר.
19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mount.
כ וַיִּקַּח אֶת-הָעֵגֶל אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ, וַיִּשְׂרֹף בָּאֵשׁ, וַיִּטְחַן, עַד אֲשֶׁר-דָּק; וַיִּזֶר עַל-פְּנֵי הַמַּיִם, וַיַּשְׁקְ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it with fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it
The cake is made from Duncan Hines cake. I poured the majority into 9x13 disposable tin and the remainder into a pyrex bowl and put both in the oven to bake.
After baking, both cakes were cooled in the freezer for over 45 minutes. I leveled the cake that was in the bowl with a knife.
The big cake was frosted with white frosting mixed with a spoonful of chocolate, a drop of yellow & 3 drops of green.
The water was made with white frosting tinted with neon blue food coloring. I sprinkled yellow sugar crystals on the water to make the ground up golden calf.
Har Sinai was made with white frosting colored with regular green frosting. I crumb coated it first and then did a final layer. I used a paper scraped against the cake to smooth the frosting. I sprinkled flower toppings on Har Sinai. The broken luchos were graham crackers covered with frosting and blue sugar.