Sweeter than Honey – Passover Vanilla Cake

Passover is a holiday full of delicious, unique dishes that are rooted in Jewish culture. One of the most popular Passover desserts is a simple, yet scrumptious, vanilla cake. Everyone loves the light and delicate sweet flavor of the cake and its silky smooth frosting. It’s the perfect way to end a traditional Passover meal and provides a sweet start to any discussion.


  • 3/4 Cup Matzo Cake Meal
  • 3/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Olive Oil (plus extra for greasing)
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (optional)
  • 3/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar for Glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Grease a 9 inch cake pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the Matzo Cake Meal, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the oil, milk and eggs.
  5. Cut open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and pulp to the wet ingredients and mix together.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined and smooth.
  7. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze by combining 3/4 cup of sugar and ½ cup of boiling water in a bowl and mixing together.
  9. When the cake is finished baking, remove from oven and carefully spoon the glaze over the top of the cake. Allow the cake to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

This classic Passover dessert tastes best when served with a dollop of freshly whipped cream, a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, or a slice of juicy fresh fruit. You can also use this recipe as a base and get creative, adding a variety of spices, fruits and toppings to mix it up! You can even use apricot jam or maple syrup in place of the glaze for an added burst of flavor.

This simple, yet classic tasting Passover Vanilla Cake is sure to be a hit and bring smiles to your family and friends. Let the sweetness of this delicious dessert be a reminder of the power of tradition, new memories, and the joy of the Passover feast.