Celebrate Ramadan with a simple yet beautiful cake!
Make any dense chocolate cake recipe (check out the blog section for a roundup of chocolate cake recipes), place the printable template on top (download below), and dust some icing sugar through a sieve. Quick, easy, and festive!
The stardust cakes features the 8-pointed star, a common motif found in the Islamic medieval world. As I mentioned in a previous post, the 8 pointed star is a symbol of the 8 angels that flank Allah’s throne. Emma Clark in her book, The Art of the Islamic Garden, explains that when Prophet Muhammad embarked on his night journey he saw 8 angels flanking the Throne of Allah. She cites the Quran as well, which also states that on the Day of Judgement, 8 angels will be on the sides of the Throne (69:17). So because of these descriptions, Ibn Arabi, a 12th century mystic, drew an eight pointed star to represent Allah’s Throne in his famous cosmological diagram, “Plain of Assembly”.
Click here to download the free stardust cake template. It prints on regular 8.5 x 11 paper, great for 8″ or 9″ cakes (pictured is a 9″ cake.)
You can print on your average computer paper – or for a reusable template, you can print it on a overhead projector transparency sheet (remember those? Talk about old school.) Once printed, carefully cut out all the white space using scissors or an x-acto knife. You will have a two piece template in the end: a large web-like star and a smaller star that you’ll place in the middle.
Photos by Joseph Voci.