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 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:
⅓ cup matzo meal
⅓ cup potato starch
⅓ 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 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 ½ cup of applesauce.
Other Passover recipes on my blog:
Passover Chocolate Coconut Balls (non-dairy)
Sweet Potato Mini Pizzas
Passover Pancakes (Parve)
Passover Apple Crumble (Parve)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
GF Lemon Crinkle Cookies (Parve)
Vegetarian Chopped Liver
Here is the recipe for my delicious Maple Passover Parve Cake:
Maple Passover Cake
- ⅓ cup matzo meal
- ⅓ cup potato starch
- ⅓ cup almond meal
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder kosher for Passover
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/paste
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup any vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Set the oven to 180°C / 350°F with the fan.
- In a bowl, mix well all cake ingredients.
- Grease a loaf tin.
- Pour the cake batter into the tin.
- Bake the cake for 30 minutes and cool at room temperature.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the cake.
- Have a piece and happy Passover!