Passover Banana or Apple Cake


This banana cake has added chocolate chips

Passover cooking for is its own quest. We don't cook with matzo meal, and it gets tiresome and limiting cooking only with potato starch. The exclusion of "kitniyot" (rice, beans and other non-Biblical grain-like substances) is by Ashkenazi tradition only ("minhag"). Sephardic Jews do not observe that tradition. Depending upon your persuasion, you may wish to make the recipe below with only potato starch (untested) or with Bette Hagman's Featherlight Mix (1/3 cup each of corn or potato starch, white rice flour and tapioca starch plus 1 teaspoon potato flour (not potato starch). The original recipe, with matzo cake meal, is from cooks.com.

It is going to be helpful to have both a stand mixer and a portable mixer to make the recipe below.

Banana Cake Ingredients
Amount Ingredient
5 Whole eggs, separated
1 cup White sugar or passover vanilla sugar
1 cup Passover cake flour (either potato starch only, or Bette Hagman's Featherlight mix)
1/4 cup Vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon Guar gum or xanthan gum (guar is preferred)
1/2 cup Bananas, chopped coarsely
1 teaspoon Vanilla (omit if using Passover vanilla sugar)
1 teaspoon (if you don't use vanilla or vanilla sugar) orange or lemon rind, grated
4 ounces (Optional) Passover chocolate chips (regular chocolate chips, or Enjoy Live soy-free chocolate chips, per your tradition)

Serves 8 - 10. You may want to make a glaze for the cake, especially if you don't use chocolate chips. Or serve with sliced strawberries.

Apple Cake Variation

The banana cake vanished shortly after the first night of Passover. So the next cake had to be a little different. This is the cake above with a few changes:

This is a wetter cake and the top cracked a little more. Therefore, we sifted over the top a mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon when the cake was cold. There are recipes on the internet for non-cornstarch sugar.