Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chocolate Sponge Cake for Passover

Sponge Cake is a staple for Passover, but have you ever made a Passover Chocolate Sponge Cake? This recipe is easy and really good. Great with morning tea or coffee, and certainly replaces matzo. Just one more chocolate option for the Passover holiday--or any time! And, it's Gluten-free! You can dress this cake up with sliced fresh strawberries and whipped cream or cut in half and fill with a light chocolate buttercream.

A few hints. Almond flour is readily available where I live, but you can grind your own. Use a hand grinder (a clean coffee grinder) or blender over a food processor to avoid making oil. I use a blender, and just do this in smaller increments, about 1/2 cup at a time. Almond and chocolate go very well together. In a pinch? You can always use matzoh cake meal (for Passover), but it won't have the same nutty flavor, but you might like it. Try using different types of chocolate to achieve the flavor you like best. Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE

Ingredients
7 ounces dark chocolate (60-75% cacao), chopped
10 eggs, separated
3/4 cup white sugar
2 cups ground almonds

Directions
1. Melt chocolate in top of double boiler or a saucepan over another saucepan of simmering water. Set aside.
2. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in sugar. Blend in chocolate and almonds.
3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate batter.
4. Spoon batter into an ungreased 10 inch Bundt pan or tall springform pan with hole in the middle.
5. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven, invert pan, and cool about 40 minutes before removing from pan.

2 comments:

yummychunklet said...

Sounds like a delicious and easy cake to whip up for Easter!

Barbara said...

I so agree, Janet. Almond flour and chocolate are perfect together. I'm using almond flour more and more. This cake sounds wonderful!
Have a lovely holiday this weekend!