Jewish Pareve Lemon Cake

    2 hours 15 minutes

    A parve lemon cake made with matzo meal and margarine that is topped with a lemon glaze of icing sugar and coffee whitener. Enjoy year round.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 1/2 cups (120g) matzo cake flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup (200g) white sugar
    • 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 teaspoon lemon essence
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 drop yellow food colouring, or as desired (optional)
    • 1 cup (130g) icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon coffee whitener
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon essence

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:2hours15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a loaf tin. Whisk together the matzo flour, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
    2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, white sugar, margarine, vanilla essence, 1 teaspoon of lemon essence, lemon juice, vegetable oil and food colouring with an electric mixer set on medium speed until smooth; pour the wet ingredients into the matzo mixture. Stir until combined into a smooth batter and pour into the prepared loaf tin.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until set and lightly browned, about 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf will come out clean. Cool completely then remove from the tin.
    4. Place 1 cup of icing sugar in a bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix the coffee whitener with water and stir in 1 tablespoon of icing sugar. Stir the coffee whitener mixture into the icing sugar by teaspoons until the mixture forms an even, workable glaze. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of lemon essence. Spread the glaze over the cooled lemon loaf. Allow to set then serve in 2cm slices.

    Editor's Note

    Look for special Kosher baking powder and Kosher icing sugar, both made with potato starch instead of cornflour, at specialty and Jewish supermarkets.

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    awesome!! could make year round- people at my seder loved this cake! It was the perfect finish to a heavy meal!!! I did not have the food coloring and it came out beautiful!  -  20 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good! I used cake flour instead of matzo. For the icing, I used milk instead of creamer and water.  -  06 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Sounds great, but we don't use leavening like the baking powder. Did you ever try without the baking powder and soda? Just was wondering before I gave it a try! I'm rating, but I really haven't tried it, but I guess this is the only way I can put this in the review!  -  09 Mar 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)