Kosher-for-Passover Apple Pistachio Cake – Jewish Food Hero Kitchen

Kosher-for-Passover Apple Pistachio Cake

Moist, flavorful, and satisfying without being heavy, this Kosher-for-Passover apple cake will make the perfect dessert during Pesach.

Kosher-for-Passover desserts are a food group on their own. It is hard to find a delicious and healthy dessert that tastes good and is actually good for us.

At Passover, just like any other time of the year, we want to eat healthily but we also want to have some sweet foods and desserts. It can be harder to find options for desserts which satisfy without leaving us totally constipated.

About this Apple Cake

For this apple cake I used this matzo cake meal and this potato starch. and these raw organic kosher pistachios. The added applesauce, orange juice and yellow summer squash lighten up the cake.

Using vegetables in a cake might seem a little strange but it is actually an effective and well established method. We can use vegetables like beetroot, carrot, pumpkin and zucchini in cakes. During baking, the natural sweetness is brought out. Vegetable cakes are notoriously moist and delicious, thanks to the natural water content of the ingredients making it easier to reduce or eliminate oil.

People might assume finding vegan alternatives to traditional ingredients like eggs and butter would be difficult. Baking is a scientific process which requires accurate measuring. But vegan options are plentiful, user-friendly and also won’t spoil as quickly as versions containing animal products.

This recipe uses the following special ingredients: The potato starch and the matzo cake meal are kosher-for-Passover and the pistachios and the flax seed are kosher certified. Here are links to the ingredients that I used:

Matzo cake meal

Organic Kosher pistachios

Kosher potato starch

Kosher flaxseed

Passover resources from Jewish Food Hero

The holidays are a special time, and also a busy time. So many times, I find myself so busy preparing food and getting ready to welcome guests. Oftentimes, I have felt disappointed with how our holiday table looks. This is what inspired me to work with a graphic designer to create these two Passover products from the Jewish Food Hero.

Passover Seder Place Cards

These printable Passover Seder Place Cards add an elegant, decorative design element to your table. Place cards also allow you to intentionally place guests at your Passover table. All you need is a printer and a pair of scissors. You can even get family involved in helping to prepare these cards. Children will love to add their own extras too!

Click here to purchase the Passover Seder Place Cards from Jewish Food Hero’s Etsy Shop.

Passover Seder Cheat Sheets

I made these printable Passover Cheat Sheets to add a beautiful design element to our Passover table and to be help all our guests feel comfortable and included. Some of us remember all the details and symbolism of the Passover ritual. For others, having these simple and stylishly designed cards on hand will help them relax and enjoy the experience.

Click here to purchase these Passover Cheat Sheets from Jewish Food Hero’s Etsy Shop.

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Apple Pistachio Cake

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero




  • 3/4 cup matzo meal (or matzo cake meal)
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher for Passover baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup finely grated yellow summer squash (from about 1 small summer squash)  
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 flax “egg”: 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water  

Apple filling:

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

Cinnamon sugar:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar 


  • 23 tablespoons chopped unsalted pistachios

Optional garnish:

Non-dairy vanilla ice cream (if planning to serve hot) or a sprinkling of kosher for Passover powdered sugar (if planning to serve cool)


      Preheat the oven to 350 F

Make the cake batter:

Prepare the dry ingredients:

      In a medium bowl, whisk together the matzo meal, potato starch, baking powder, and salt, and set aside

Prepare the wet ingredients:

      In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, summer squash, sugar, orange juice, flax “egg,” and water

      Stir to combine and set aside

Combine the two mixtures:

      Add the dry mixture to the wet, and stir to combine until you have a smooth batter

Make the cinnamon sugar mixture:

      In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar

Assemble the cake and bake:

  • Pour half the cake batter into a lightly oiled cake pan or springform pan
  • Top with half the prepared apple slices
  • Sprinkle with half the cinnamon sugar mixture
  • Spread the remaining cake batter on top
  • Arrange the remaining apple slices in a pretty pattern on top of the cake
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and the chopped pistachios
  • Bake for 40 minutes

To serve:

  • Serve warm or cool
  • Serve either as is, or with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream (if serving hot), or with a sprinkling of kosher for Passover powdered sugar if serving cool

If you like this recipe, you’ll love The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant Based Recipes for Your Holiday Table

In the comments, tell us your favorite Kosher-for-Passover dessert.

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