Passover Sponge Cake

Our Passover sponge cake is flourless, lemony, and light and the perfect dessert for your Seder table.

The Backstory: What would Passover be without our beloved (but often overlooked) sponge cake? Well, if you ask me (the daughter of a baker, of course) Passover sponge cake is under-rated. Made well, it is actually quite delicious, light, flavorful and full of texture. The inside can be moist and fluffy while the top can have an almost meringue-like chewiness to it (which I happen to love). The trick is in having  a moist cake and one with really good flavor.  More of the Backstory after the recipe

Passover Sponge Cake

Light, spongy, and with hints of lemon and vanilla, this melt-in-your-mouth cake makes a beautiful presentation at Passover (or anytime) and is truly delicious. Top with fresh berries for an absolutely beautiful holiday dessert.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Jewish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • juice of one lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup potato flour
  • 1/2 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • strawberries for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Passover Confectioner's sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Butter (or spray with non-stick spray) and flour either a tube pan or an 8-inch round cake pan that is 3" high. Line pan with parchment paper and butter or spray the parchment with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until light. Stir in the hot water, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine and sift together the flour and cake meal. Add to the wet ingredients.
  4. In an electric mixer or with handheld mixer, beat egg whites and salt until whites are stiff. Gently fold into the batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 90 minutes. Remove from oven and invert pan on wire rack (turn cake upside down while still in pan) and allow cake to cool in pan for 10 -15 minutes before removing. Let cake cool for 1 hour before serving.
  7. Dust with Passover Confectioner's sugar and top with fresh strawberries before serving.

Passover Confectioners Sugar

  1. Place 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon potato starch in a spice grinder and grind until it becomes powdery. This can be stored in an air tight container, at room temperature for up to 1 month.

…The Backstory continues: That’s where this recipe comes in. A little lemon zest, a hint of vanilla and just the right amount of egg whites to make that slightly chewy top on the cake, my go-to holiday sponge cake. Truth be told, it’s perfect all year round. I like to top mind with a few whole strawberries (as pictured) and some fresh whipped cream, which is easy to make.

Simply add some whipping cream to your mixer, beat on high until stiff peaks form, and add in a teaspoon or two of sugar at the end. Voila…perfect dessert for the Seder or anytime you feel like making a light, delicious cake.


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Jodi Luber

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
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