Passover Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake

Of all the symbolic foods on the Passover Seder table, matzoh is the most important. Made without yeast and quickly baked, matzoh reminds Seder participants of the Jews fleeing Egypt who had no time to leaven their bread or bake it properly. Flour used to make matzoh is made from wheat that is “watched” from the moment of harvesting to ensure it never contacts any water, which might cause the flour to expand and rise.

As leavened flour is prohibited during Passover, flourless chocolate cakes are popular Passover desserts. This rich chocolate cake rises dramatically, cracks and then falls. When dusted with Passover “confectioners’ sugar” and garnished with berries, the cake looks striking on the table.

Flourless Chocolate – Almond Cake
Yield = 1 9-inch cake

8 oz semisweet chocolate
8 tablespoons margarine or butter
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon almond extract
4 large eggs, separated
2 large eggs, whole
1/3 cup plus ½ cup sugar
½ cup almond flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon potato starch
or confectioners’ sugar (for non-observers)

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place chocolate and margarine or butter in bowl and microwave on high for one minute, stirring once after 30 seconds.
Coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom with round of parchment paper, then spray the parchment as well.
Whisk chocolate mixture until smooth, then add salt and almond extract and stir until blended.
Whisk the four yolks and two whole eggs with the 1/3 cup of sugar just until blended. Add yolk mixture to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Stir in almond flour.
In the bowl of an electric mixture, whip the four egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the ½ cup sugar and beat until egg whites become shiny and hold their peaks, but are not too stiff.
Stir one third of the beaten egg whites into the batter to lighten. Then, in two additions, gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Pour batter into pan and place in oven. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.
Cake will rise and have cracks running across it. It should feel only slightly wobbly when gently pressed. Remove from oven and let cool in pan 10 minutes before removing sides and transferring to cooling rack. Meanwhile, pulse sugar and potato starch in a spice grinder to make a powder. Sift mixture over cake and serve.


02. April 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 7 comments


Comments (7)

  1. Ali – I loved this cake! I made it tonight for a dinner party and it was delicious. The almond flavor really gives it a unique taste.

  2. Darcy,
    I’m so glad you liked it!
    Ali

  3. lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

  4. Hi,

    Which do you like better: the torta caprese or the passover cake? Give me some advice.

    • I am partial to the torta caprese — I love the texture that the ground almonds give to the cake, and I love the subtle flavor of the Grand Marnier. That said, this flourless Passover chocolate cake is a great one, too. My friend Darcy blogged about it not too long ago, and her pictures and process shots are so much better than mine if you want to take a look: http://www.darcyeden.com/posts/2013/11/10/flourless-chocolate-cake.html

      The Passover chocolate cake is more intensely chocolatey. I love both but do favor the torta caprese.

      • Thanks so much for giving your opinion. I’m going to go with the torta. That’s how I was leaning.

  5. Also, since I like a deep chocolate flavor, might cut the sugar in torte by 1/4 cup or so.

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