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In this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Yitro, we read about the monumental moment of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. 

According to the text, “There was thunder and lightning and a heavy cloud on the mountain” (Shemot 19:16). In addition, the midrash tells us that although Har Sinai was situated in a desert, in honor of the Torah the mountain sprouted flowers. Making a Har Sinai cake is a fun and easy activity for this week’s Parsha or for Shavuot!


Cake mix
Whipped cream
Chocolate frosting
Deep pyrex bowl
Graham crackers
Green icing


1.    Make cake in pyrex bowl. Let it cool, turn it upside down, and frost.

2.    Decorate with flowers (we used those plastic flower candleholders) and grass (green icing).

3.    Cut tin foil into the shape of a lightening bolt and stick into the top of the cake.

4.    Carve graham cracker into the shape of the tablets and stick into the top of the cake.

5.    Right before serving, add some whipped cream to the top to represent the clouds that engulfed the mountain!

6.    Eat and enjoy!


Emily Shapiro Katz has been a community Jewish educator for over ten years in Jerusalem, Atlanta, and San Francisco. She lives in Beer Sheva with her husband, Andy, and 4 children. Her contributions to this website reflect her interest in teaching Tanach, doing craft projects, and entertaining her kids. Emily blogs about her Parsha Projects at