Just because your birthday falls during Passover shouldn’t mean you’re deprived of a celebratory cake.
I make a birthday cake for my father every year but this year his birthday landed in the middle of Passover. That means flour is out, and gone with flour are delicious options like carrot and red velvet, my past go-to cakes.
Now there are plenty of delicious Passover friendly desserts. I typically make the traditional sponge cake, or coconut macaroons, or on occasion, French style macarons, all of which are made sans flour (and gluten). Even cheesecake works if you adjust the crust recipe. But I’ve never attempted a Passover friendly birthday cake until now.
I settled on a multi-layer flourless chocolate torte. Between each layer I spread luscious chocolate ganache and a seedless raspberry jam for added kick, then garnished with blackberries to add a touch of Spring. I’m not much of a cake decorator (I lack the patience for precision work), but hopefully Dad will be pleased when he sees his cake.
This one took a few hours, and working with chocolate is always messy business. Be warned.