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Passover Birthday Cake

My daughter has a Passover birthday this year and she's quite concerned about her birthday cake. Never met a Peaschdik cake she cared for, in her opinion. Has anyone tried this Passover Devil's Food Cake from Zoe Francois?

I trust her opinions on bread baking but I've never made any of her sweets. And as much as I'd like to make the accompanying peanut butter frosting, I suppose I can use a coffee or vanilla buttercream instead. Fortunately, in this instance I don't care about the dairy. I'll adjust the meal to suit the cake.

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  1. I've never tried this, but it sounds pretty good. Two small eggs seems like too little, but there's a lot of other liquid in the cake.

    Husband's birthday is on Passover this year also. We usually celebrate before and after. On his birthday, I usually spruce up a store bought marble cake.

    1. My "big girl" who is turning 5 during Passover this year is already bent about the Kosher for Passover cake. Hence her "friend party" is post -Pseach being that she goes to a relgious nursery school. But, what can I do?? I feel like, even for " family dinner", our choices are so limited. Yuck!

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      1. re: MRS

        Mine is turning 11 and her "party" will be either before or after, too. Our other problem is that spring break starts two days later so all her friends will be away. Still, she is hugely bent out of shape over the injustice of it all (cue violins) and there must be a cake for the family dinner. Right, I've got nothing better to do on the first day of chol ha'moed than to make yet another celebratory dinner.

        All together, Jewish moms: What we don't do for our kids.

        1. re: rockycat

          As someone who has had multiple pesach birthdays, I will echo the votes for flourless chocolate cake.

      2. It all depends on how you feel about the taste of matzoh cake meal.

        If you don't care for it, Bake a flourless chocolate torte. Bake two and use them as layers.

        Butter cream frosting is no problem if you're doing milchigs. If parve, I assume that the Spectrum coconut oil will be approved again this year.

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        1. re: AdinaA

          oy vey!! our issue is, she is a "vanilla girl" through and through. We'll think of something...

          1. re: MRS

            Quinoa can be "milled" in a blender in small batches to produce a fine flour.

            I don't know whether shredded coconut can, but in your situation, I would probably give it a try. (I do wish someone would make an OUP coconut flour)

            Of course, for a five yearl old, it's all about the sugar and the look. So the easiest thing to do and perhaps the best is to bake a vanailla cake using cake meal. Then decorate lavishly with buttercream frosting. You can incorporate little candies into the frosting.

            1. re: MRS

              Is this for a party or a family dinner? If the latter, maybe an angelfood cake? There's a minimal enough quantity of meal that it tastes pretty much normal.

          2. i say go for a flourless chocolate torte. you don't need a special kosher for pesach recipe - many, many websites have versions that are incidentally kosher for pesach - and not specifically so.

            1. My older brother has an April birthday and the family would usually celebrate it on Pesach as we would all be in one place. Lucky for him that his favorite cake happens to be Seven Layer Cake, perfect for Pesach

              1. My weak two cents---I neither keep nor cook kosher but my neighbor does, and very much liked this cake when she did a "test run". I can tell you it tasted great!


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                1. re: pinehurst

                  I did a flourless chocolate cake for a friend that was very enthusiastically receieved, but since your daughter is a vanila girl, I have two suggestions.

                  1) there is a great book called ATreasury of Jewish Holsay Baking by Marcy Goldman that I'm pretty sure has a great nin chocolate Pesach cake recioe.

                  2) Ice cream or ceesecake! The ice cream cake can be made pareve if you need to, and you can frost it with either buttercream or whiioed toppng.

                2. My very late March birthday is during Pesach this year. I have a great brownie recipe that I have made for at least the last 20 years. That will be my cake!

                  P.J.’s Passover Brownies (Adapted from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1988)
                  Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

                  4 eggs, well beaten (egg beaters are ok, although given the rest of the ingredients, why bother?!)
                  2 cups granulated sugar
                  ½ Cup cocoa powder
                  1 Cup canola oil (safflower is fine)
                  ½ tsp. Salt
                  1 cup matzo cake meal (sift if you are not as lazy as I am)
                  1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
                  2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels

                  1. Beat eggs with sugar, cocoa, oil and salt.
                  2. Gradually add the matzo cake meal.
                  3. Stir in pecans* and chocolate morsels, and pour into the baking pan.
                  4. Bake 30-40 minutes. You want a toothpick to come out a little sticky.
                  (*my kids don’t like the nuts, so after I have poured the batter into the pan,I add the nuts to ½ the pan & gently stir a bit)
                  NOTE: recipe can be halved and baked in a 9 x 9 inch pan: but then they wouldn’t last all week.