Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pesach Chocolate Cake

I've been in the throws of a food blogger's dilemma. On the one hand, my followers are relying on me to share a flood of simple Pesach recipes in anticipation of the upcoming holiday. Salads, soups, cakes. Fish, meat, poultry.

On the other hand, I am but an ordinary person - a working mom with way too little time on her hands. What with my job, my kids, and Pesach a week off, I barely have time to sleep, let alone photograph and blog and share my recipes. What's a blogger to do?

So, here's my compromise. I'm going to share my recipes this week. I'll post my favorites online, and hope you come back for more. But no photos. For one thing, my Pesach pots and dishes are none too glamorous. (We love them for what they are, but they're really not blog-worthy.) For another, I don't have the time to setup my equipment and shoot every dish. I've got to make it through the week with my sanity somewhat intact.

So, there you have it. Hope y'all understand. And if you have any favorites, please email them to me or share them by commenting below. I'm always looking for new recipes to add to my repertoire.

Super Simple Pesach Chocolate Cake (NOT GEBROKTS)
This recipe is my sister-in-law's and I owe her great thanks for it. I usually make three or four of these over the week of Pesach. They whip up in a snap and get eaten almost as quickly. A good basic chocolate cake. 

5 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oil
1 pinch instant coffee grains
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup potato starch
1 1/2 cups sugar

Preheat the oven to 350*.

In a large bowl, mix the vinegar and baking soda till foamy.

Add the remaining ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer. Pour the batter into a 9x13 baking pan. (I use disposable aluminum.)

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Eat within a few days, or freeze for later.


  1. Sounds good to me. I have been posting some of my recipes from last year. Many do not have photos. I hope to have the time to get the rest up, but I am not so sure.

  2. Looks delicious! What brand of cheese did you use?

  3. Take a break & take it easy!
    Sometimes it's just less stressful to take time off from blogging & then come back when you feel less harried.

  4. I'll definitely be trying your chocolate cake, it sounds great! I wonder if I could replace some of the oil with applesauce? I'll let you know the result.

  5. Oh, Megi, what a great idea. I'm going to try that too. Great tip.

  6. Rivki, this turned out to be a great cake, I used about 2/3 cup of mashed bananas and 1/3 cup of oil and a little less sugar because the bananas were really ripe and added some cinnamon. It was great and so easy to prepare. I am sure I'll be making it again next week, thank you for sharing!

  7. Don't worry, next year you'll have lots of great Pesach posts to link to while you are busy cleaning! I am in the same boat. Photos or not, I am always glad to have more Pesach recipes.

  8. Great minds think alike, I also posted just recipes for Pesach, but no photos. But you went one better, you actually posted a recipe, I just posted links to my recipes.

    I really like your recipe. Only 5 eggs and no whipping the whites! And I can't believe I just said *only* 5 eggs! ;-)

    Pressing Print now...

  9. Delicious! I especially like that it whips up easily!

    Can I skip the vinegar - I'm guessing no... but I haven't bought KLP vinegar other than Balsamic and I'm betting that would taste funky.

  10. This look a lot like the chocolate cake I made this year, but a little easier. I have to try this next year!

  11. I enjoyed reading your blog ~ thanks for posting such useful content.

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  12. There are many varieties when it comes to baking chocolate cake.


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