The Empty Tomb Cake

I make the Hershey's 'perfectly chocolate' cake recipe (but with organic, fair-trade, Dutch-process cocoa, and butter instead of oil) and use an 8" square pan and a small Pyrex bowl...
Grease the pan and bowl *very* well, dust liberally with granulated sugar (not flour) and allow to cool completely before carefully turning them out...
Don't frost between the layers. Use a very short, sharp knife (paring knife) to carefully carve a hollow. Also pare down the corners to give it a more organic look.
I tinted a basic vanilla buttercream frosting a bit brown with some more Dutch-process cocoa...
And I decorated with chocolate rocks and the little wooden people we colored in last year. Also, there is a bit of folded white cloth for the graveclothes, neatly folded inside the empty space...
Finally I found a flat stone, washed it carefully with soap and water, and leaned it against the opening.

Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen.

A blessed Easter to you, dear readers!



Awaken Your Senses (And Have Some Cake)

Photo credit: (Mine looked similar; can't find the picture...)

I have a new post at the Christianity Today women’s blog on Beth Booram and J. Brent Bill’s new IVP book, Awaken Your Senses.

The post starts out talking about empty tomb cakes, which I first learned about from my very creative friend Emily:

This, year, as last, I’ll make an empty tomb cake for my Sunday school class of 4- to 6-year-olds. I’ll bake one small square cake for the base, and one small dome-shaped cake for the tomb. I’ll frost both with sand-colored frosting, perhaps scatter raw sugar for a sandier appearance, and carve out a hollow in the dome’s side. Candy-coated chocolate rocks will accent the ground. A large plain cookie will become the rolled-away boulder, guarded by a tiny wooden angel. Two wooden women will approach the empty tomb. We’ll look quietly at the cake for a while; we’ll tell the story, and we’ll eat the cake.

And goes on to talk about how Awaken Your Senses encourages Christians to slow down, to live fully in the bodies we’ve been given, and to experience the wonder of God with more than just the left sides of our brains.

Read it all here!