On Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night), we offered a L’Chaim to the newest couple in our Respler family. Lawrence proposed to Sara on a rooftop in Manhattan. The family gathered in Queens as the engagement became official. The atmosphere was electric as we awaited the arrival of this new couple at Sara’s family home in Queens just a few hours after havdola (ceremony terminating Shabbos).
As Shabbos concluded in New Jersey, we prepared to travel to Queens. I didn’t want to arrive at the L’Chaim empty handed. I thought long and hard about what I could bring that was festive, whimsical, simple to prepare and could safely anchor the love birds from Yitzchok Aaron and Hindy’s Floral Arrangement.
Davida had been home for Shabbos with two of her terrific friends, Alyssa and Elana. All three had helped all Shabbos long with our Shabbos meals’ setup and cleanup and were on board for the task of preparing this cake. I had showed them the package of new chosson-kallah (bride and groom) embellishments that had just returned with me from my latest trip to Jerusalem. I loved that the chosson was wearing a glittery kippa on his head and the kallah was wearing a wedding dress with sleeves. I joked that since there were a dozen embellishments in the package, if each one of these young women were one of the next twelve friends and family to find their bashert (chosen spouse) soon, I would save an embellishment for each of them.
The task was simpler than expected. I repurposed a rose-shaped silicone mold. Davida prepared a batch of Rice Krispies Treats and I packed the batter firmly into the pan. After a short few minutes, I inverted the mold onto some wax paper. I pressed the love birds and the Chosson-Kallah skewers into the cake and the SimpletoWow wedding cake was ready to go.
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