Author Notes: My birthday often falls on Passover. As a kid, that meant no birthday cake with sugar roses or icing curlicues -- but this cake instead -- spongecake cut in half, whipped cream and berries in the middle and on top. I know. Tragic.
This is my grandmother's recipe. The instructions will tell you to cool the cake upside down on a pillow. That was what my grandmother did, and what I always do.
Though the cake is good on its own, what could berries and whipped cream hurt? —louisez
Makes: 1 cake
egg yolks, beaten
tablespoons potato starch
grated rind of 1 lemon
cup matzo cake meal
teaspoon whiskey or brandy
strawberries, sliced and sweetened for middle of cake, left whole for top
- Beat egg whites till stiff. Beat sugar in gradually. Stir egg yolks in gently. Fold in cake meal and potato starch a little at a time. Fold in whiskey and lemon rind.
- Line a tube pan with waxed paper, or use a non-stick tube pan. Pour batter into pan.
- Bake in a pre-heated 350 oven about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or till done.
- Cool upside down on a pillow. Unmold and serve as is, or cut in half, put whipped cream and sliced berries in the middle, whipped cream and whole berries on top.