Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Grandma Sylvia's Passover Sponge Cake

When my Grandma Sylvia was alive, she would always make a delicious sponge cake for Passover.  We were always excited about Passover because we knew Grandma would make us this special cake.  She also made a tasty Gefilte Fish from scratch.  If I'm brave, I'll try to make it next Passover and post it.  My cousin, Rozy, makes the sponge cake and gefilte fish for the family now.

When I was in Charleston, my sister gave me the recipe for Grandma's sponge cake.  I just had to make it and it turned out delicious.  It brought back childhood memories of my sweet grandma and the wonderful times we shared--especially eating her Passover sponge cake!

Grandma Sylvia's Passover Sponge Cake
10 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cake meal
1/4 cup potato starch
Juice of half a lemon (about 1 1/2 Tablespoons)

Separate eggs.  Place yolks in mixer bowl and gradually add sugar, beating until light and creamy.  Combine cake meal and potato starch and add to mixture.  Pour in lemon juice.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until very stiff and gently fold into yolk mixture.  Put mixture in an ungreased 10 inch tube pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, until cake springs back when pressed.  Invert to cool.

**My sister said she has trouble making this cake--that it always falls.  I don't know what I did different from her, but I did mix everything in glass bowls rather than my plastic bowls.  I also used an angel food cake pan and I let the cake cool completely before I tried to remove it from the pan.  Mine turned out perfect.  My family loved it.

Now I don't know if it is really kosher to do this, but I tried a piece of sponge cake with cool whip and strawberries on the top.  Ummm, that was delicious, too.  But I love it just plain.


  1. The cake is so good! Thanks for sharing a piece of it with me! You should post a picture of your grandma with this recipe.

  2. Been searching for a real sponge cake recipe, and found this one which seems just right.
    I found many, but all used a tad of baking poiwder or other leven. I remembered that the Jewish folk avoid leven during passover, so I addes the word to my google search and hit a home run.
    Seems like a bit of a challenge, but I look forward to trying it this weekend for my granddaughter's inauguration at church.

  3. Hope all goes well--the sponge cake and your granddaughter's inauguration 😋

  4. I will be making your sponge cake this weekend for "Moms' night". One question. Don't grease pan? Really? Don't want to ruin it's shape and texture. I will be using angel food tube pan. please advise. thanks.