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Layered Matzah Cake

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.

This cake is layered, filled with a delicious icing made using condensed milk. It leaves some of that baked flavor from the matzah, a nice balanced sweetness that isn’t too overpowering and some added crunch from the walnuts. 
Let’s get to the recipe!

Layered Matzah Cake

April 6, 2015

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,


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