It is unfortunate that in America, beets invariably conjure up loaded remarks about, uhmmm, never mind . . . I am always looking for ways to sneak them in, as in this cake, where they do their magic even while they totally escape detection: The result is this dense, moist, and deliciously funky cake. Thanks to the perfect Matzah cake meal, you will never know it is a Passover cake! Fancy enough to serve to your Seder guests: it is delicious enough to eat all by itself, but you will go over the top with the icing!


4 egg whites

Good pinch salt

1 ½ cups sugar

4 egg yolks

1 cup vegetable oil

3 cups natural canned beets, drained, juice reserved, mashed with a potato masher

2 cups Osem Matzah Cake Meal

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup juice from the canned beets (add a little water to complete 1 cup if necessary)

1 cup cocoa powder

1 ½ cups unsweetened grated coconut


1 cup real semisweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon oil


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Make the cake: With an electric mixer, whip the egg whites and salt at high speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar gradually and whip until stiff. Switch to low speed and, allowing only enough time to combine the ingredients, beat in one ingredient at a time, just a few seconds each time—the yolks, then the oil, etc., until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour the batter into a greased tube pan or a 10-inch round pan or 11-by-14-inch pan, and bake for 1 hour or until the point of a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Unmold the cake and let it cool.

Make the icing: Melt the chocolate chips with the oil on a very low flame until melted (microwave OK). Drizzle slowly and steadily over the cake until the whole top of the cake is covered. Let the cake cool. Makes 16 ample servings.

6 replies
  1. Michelle Goldstein
    Michelle Goldstein says:

    The cake looks delicious and I’m sure also very tasty….I’m planning to make it for my daughter’ s Bday next week..,can I make it 2 days before ? Keep it outside Orin the refrigerator (before her bday )???? ,,thank you ,,,

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Jennifer hmmm I don’t think so. The cake is great because of what’s in it, and coconut is a very important layer of flavor here. So I would recommend leaving it as is.

  2. Leah
    Leah says:

    When I used to use cocoa on Pesach, I made a delicious “Red Devils Food Cake” which was non-gebrokhts. Just like grated raw carrots can be added into a cake, grated raw beets can be added into a chocolate cake.

    7 minute frosting is also delicious, colored with a few drops of beet juice.

    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Leah it sounds delicious! And not only for Pessach. I love beets in every shape or form. Now they are so easy to find roasted, peeled and vacuum-packed (and well priced), perfect hechsher!

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