Orange Passover Sponge Cake with Raspberry Sauce
PersonalPoints™ per serving

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 1 hr
Serves: 16
If you're used to dry, dull Passover cake, then you'll be thrilled with this moist, flavorful recipe. We love it—especially the two-ingredient sauce. Keep in mind that you’ll need 1 large orange to yield the zest and juice for this cake; however, it can be made with a variety of citrus flavors. Substitute lemon or lime zest and juice for the orange zest and juice. Or forget the citrus juice and zest altogether and use 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon of almond extract. Not Passover? Use 1 cup of flour instead of the matzo cake meal and potato starch, if desired.
  • ¾ cup matzo cake meal
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 12 large eggs, separated
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup preserves, raspberry-variety
  • 1 cup unsweetened frozen raspberries, or fresh raspberries

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift matzo cake meal with potato starch over a large bowl; sift again and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer on high power, whip egg whites until stiff and glossy; set aside.
  4. In another large bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer on high power, whip egg yolks with sugar until light and satiny; add orange juice and zest and blend well.
  5. Fold egg whites into yolk mixture until just blended. Sift in matzo cake meal mixture; fold delicately to combine. Carefully pour batter into a 10-inch, 2-piece ungreased angel food cake pan with feet or a sponge cake pan.
  6. Bake until the center of the cake springs back to the touch, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and immediately invert pan onto a wire rack; cool cake completely in pan. (If you do not have a pan with feet, invert the pan over a wine or beer bottle.)
  7. Meanwhile, to make the topping, heat raspberry preserves in a small saucepan over low heat and toss in raspberries; mix well.
  8. When the cake is completely cool, run a sharp knife around the outside and inside rings of the tube pan to loosen the cake; transfer to a serving plate. Slice into 16 pieces and drizzle each slice with the sauce just before serving.
  9. Serving Size: Yields 1 slice of cake and about 1 tablespoon of sauce per serving.

Cooking Tip: Cooling the cake upside down is one of the tricks of making it light and tall; invert the cake immediately upon removing it from the oven and let it cool completely.
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