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Spring has sprung and Passover will be here in no time! Can you believe it? I feel like time is flying and only a minute ago we celebrated Hanukkah.
I like to scroll through Pinterest for inspiration and recently, I found this pin. If you don’t read Hebrew, it features a formula to change any cake recipe to fit Passover. Naturally, I was really excited and I immediately tried it out of course.
If you aren’t familiar with Passover habits, Jews avoid bread and any pastry that has risen to symbolize the Jews escaping Egypt without any time to wait for the dough to rise when making bread for their way back to Israel. Therefore, we avoid regular flour during Passover and need to bake with matzo meal, which is a flour made from matzo - an unleavened flatbread that we eat during Passover.
Not all cakes work with just a matzo meal and that’s why making Passover desserts brings out the creativity in a baker. With the formula I found, any cake will work and will taste so good!
The formula is as follows: for each cup of flour in a cake recipe replace with:
1/3 cup matzo meal
1/3 cup potato starch
1/3 almond meal
That is it! It really is that simple, the potato starch and almond meal helps the matzo meal become less dense and the cake tastes delicious!
With this formula you can transform any cake to fit Passover, for example my carrot cake or beet cake recipe will work with this trick.
The recipe for this maple cake is parve (non-dairy) and can fit even more occasions. If you need the cake to be vegan, switch the eggs to 1/2 cup of applesauce.
Here is the recipe for my delicious Maple Passover Parve Cake: