Matzo Apple Cake

Matzo Apple Cake

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This recipe makes an unbelievably moist apple cake. It's based off a Passover cake that uses matzo (unleavened bread) meal instead of flour.


Serves: 9 

  • 2 tablespoons (40g) copha, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (65ml) orange juice
  • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and quartered

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease an 23cm square baking dish with copha.
  2. Beat egg whites in a metal, glass or ceramic bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites should form a sharp peak that holds its shape. Set aside.
  3. Place the egg yolks, oil and orange juice into a mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until creamy and thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup (220g) sugar, mixing well, then lightly stir in the matzo meal and salt.
  4. Use a rubber spatula or wire whisk to fold about 1/3 of the beaten egg whites into the matzo meal mixture. Gently run the spatula through the center of the mixture then around the sides of the bowl, repeating until fully incorporated. Add the remaining egg whites, folding until just incorporated.
  5. Mix together 3/4 cup (185g) of sugar with cinnamon in a bowl. Spread half the batter into the prepared baking pan; distribute the apple quarters evenly over the batter. Sprinkle the apple pieces with about 1/2 cup of the sugar-cinnamon mixture, spread the remaining batter over the apples; sprinkle the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture over the top of the cake.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Cut into squares while still warm.

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The recipe was delightful. I would make this cake again, but would use 1/2 the sugar required at the end. - 09 Apr 2012

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