Passover, for those who celebrate, does not leave a lot of room for desserts. Other than a macaroon, or some specially made sweets, there’s not too much.
So my genius Grandma came up with this super easy, super delicious recipe!
I think some of the best recipes are those that come from family members, because I don’t know about you, but my Grandma and my mom make the best food ever.
I have so many things to learn from them, especially with many traditional recipes, but this was a simple one to get started with.
Layered Matzah Cake
A layered matzah cake made, filled with icing made of condensed milk, butter and walnuts.
- 8 pieces of matzah, 1 set aside
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Step 1 Start by letting your butter soften to room temperature.
- Step 2 Place the walnuts into a large ziplock bag and make sure it is closed tightly. Using something heavy, such as a meat tenderizer, crush the walnuts into smaller pieces.
- Step 3 When the butter has softened, add the condensed milk and vanilla, and stir until combined. Mix in the walnuts. If the sauce seems extremely thick, add a splash of warm water or milk.
- Step 4 Place some parchment paper on a large plate. Begin with one piece matzah, add about 2-3 heaping spoonfuls of the mixture. Spread it out on the matzah but leave about 1/2 inch border. Top with another piece of matzah and repeat, until you have used 7 matzah slices.
- Step 5 With the remaining matzah piece, crumble into small pieces and mix into remaining icing. Use this as a crumble to top the cake with.
- Step 6 Take a new plate, turn it upside down and place it on top of the cake. Top this plate with something heavy. (I used a pot and filled it with 5 apples to make it extra heavy)
- Step 7 Leave the cake covered and pressed overnight, or at least 6 hours before serving.
Slice the cake and enjoy! Because of all the layers, the slices may look small at first, but they crumble into a few pieces towards the end.
This is definitely one of my favorite parts of Passover! I look forward to my Grandma’s cake every year…and now she taught me so I can make my own!
Hope you enjoy and happy holidays to all!
Lots of LOVE,