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An Anti-Pesach Chocolate Cake


So, like many in my situation, I’ve been searching for ways to release my cupboards of chametz while not eating any chametz. Quite the challenge, believe me. I decided to make a cake for my 10-12 year olds in Hebrew school as a surprise (shhhh! don’t tell anyone). Found this recipe from Country Living… AMAZING. I just took a teeny, tiny bite. Make your mouth water, make your heart stop good. Here it goes:


  • 1 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup and 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/2 cup(s) canola oil
  • 1 cup(s) milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon(s) anisette liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream, cold
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup(s) mini chocolate chips


  1. Cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans and fit with two circles of parchment paper. Butter the paper and pan sides and dust with flour. Set aside. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and maintain. Combine the flour, 2 cups granulated sugar, 3/4 cup cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Beat in the oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, and anisette liqueur using a mixer set on medium speed for 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and add 1 cup of the boiling water. The batter WILL BE VERY THIN. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be that way. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean — about 35 minutes. Cool the cakes in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Unmold the cakes and return to the wire rack until completely cool.
  2. Frosting: Beat the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa until combined.
  3. Assembly: Place one layer on a cake plate. Spread a third of the frosting over the layer. Sprinkle with half of the chocolate chips. Top with the remaining layer and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.

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