When I first made the call-out for people to submit Palestine-themed cupcakes and cakes, I wasn’t expecting so many ingenious designs. As promised, here they are, in no particular order. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the winners, click here.
“This was supposed to be my ‘Pièce de résistance’ , my crowning glory. But I realized that I was no master baker and since I’ve never done sugar work before, well, it crumbled up a bit in the end. But it looked nice when the light caught it and tasted even better since it was ultimately a giant lollipop (made of colored and non-colored caramel).”
A Palestinian flag, by Amina Marwa
The Dome of the Rock, by Zainab K.
A keffiyeh, by Hazar Alkhawaja and Hadeel Alkhawaja
Handala on a Devil’s Food cake with white fluffy frosting, by Jillian C. York
For many years, the village of At-Tuwani in Area C of the West Bank could only muster a few hours of electricity per day from a small generator. Israel forbade the village from building anything that would help it connect to the main power grid. The village built a series of electrical pylons anyways. In December 2009, the Israeli army arrived to take down the pylons. The women of the village defiantly stood before the soldiers and bulldozes.
“All of the women went down in front of the army jeeps, arm in arm, with our children in front of us, and forbid the army from entering the village. The commander order the soldiers to throw tear gas to frighten the women away. They were also revving the engines of the jeeps to scare us, but we said ‘We’re really cold! The warmth from the jeep is good!’”
The Israeli army took down two pylons but was unable to reach the remaining ones. The village connected to the Palestinian electrical grid in August 2010.
Commemorating the brave women of At-Tuwani, by Joy Ellison
“I made a cupcake base spiced with cinnamon, cloves and orange zest. The roses are made of the same sugar paste used for the cakes. I colored the paste myself. And one more thing; the little messages pinned on the cupcakes (unity, solidarity and faith) are what I see in the Palestinian people and what I hope will ultimately lead to a free Palestine. I’m not Palestinian myself, but I have to say that I most definitely admire them in their perseverance and strength in continuing to stand up for their rights when many obstacles obstruct that goal.”
On Palestine’s unity, solidarity, and faith, by Amina Marwa
Handala, Long Live Palestine, by Lena Asfour
Dove with olive branch, Handala, the Dome of the Rock, key, the Palestinian flag, and Knafa cupcakes, by Shirien D.
Palestine’s flag and name on cupcakes and cookies, by Irial Eno and students at the University of Leeds
“The flag was strategically placed in the inside of the cake as opposed to the outer decorative parts because we felt the flag truly represents the heart of the Palestinian people. It is the symbol of their country and their love for it despite all the hardships that come with living in an occupied land.”
To learn how this cake was made, visit Fatima’s blog.
A Palestinian cake, inside and out, by Zakia Ali, Maha Ahmad, Fatima Ibrahim, Salwa Barhumi, Zeenat Umar
“This wall must fall”, by Kay Ellison
Palestine’s eyes, by Kinda Dawah
Leila Khaled, by Team @iRevolt
“We baked a carrot cake and decorated it with dyed, shaped fondant. First-timers at fondant-use, so we kept it simple. Then again, the Palestinian flag and the olive tree are strong symbols of the occupied country’s nationalism so we thought they would be perfect elements on a mini-cake.”
Cake draped in Palestine, by Hazar Alkhawaja and Hadeel Alkhawaja
Peace and the Palestinian flag, by Layla Joudah
Israel’s landgrab, by Joy Ellison
A round Palestinian flag, by Sharifah Abdallah
“We wanted to embody the Palestinian Freedom Riders action into our theme. The cake is the bus, draped in the Israeli flag with the six Palestinian freedom riders represented within the “windows” of the bus. The wheels say “We Shall Overcome” because we wanted to make the connection between the Palestinian movement and that of the Civil Rights movement in the ’60s here in America in order to demonstrate solidarity over the years. In addition, we colored the cake beneath the flag (though it’s hard to tell from the photo) in the colors of the Palestinian flag – Red, Black and Green. The smearing of the Israeli flag over the marbled colors of the Palestinians represents the Israeli attempt at covering up the history and true nature of the Palestinian people.”
The Freedom Riders, by Chelsea Lee Byers and North Arizona University’s Students for Justice in Palestine