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Kosher Cake Recipes

Food is an integral part of Jewish culture, and desserts are an integral part of Jewish cuisine. Jewish cakes are a synthesis of recipes from the many places that Jews have lived throughout the centuries, all influenced by Jewish dietary laws.
  1. Kosher Cheesecake Recipes (6)

The Ultimate Pareve Chocolate Cake
This kosher pareve chocolate cake recipe gets its rich chocolate flavor from a mix of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The dairy free cake batter is perfect for Bundt cakes or layer cakes.

Lightened-Up Jewish Apple Cake (Pareve)
Jewish Apple cake gets a healthy makeover in this low fat, reduced sugar recipe made with white whole wheat flour.

Spiced Banana Bread with Chocolate (Pareve)
A recipe for kosher, dairy-free banana bread with spices and dark chocolate.

Chocolate Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche and Salted Caramel Frosting (Dairy)
Instructions for assembling a kosher chocolate layer cake with dulce de leche filling, salted caramel buttercream frosting, and an edible rose petal garnish.

Green Tea Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream (Dairy)
A kosher recipe for green tea cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes (Pareve or Dairy)

Thanksgivukkah Turkey Cupcakes

Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Icing (Passover, Pareve or Dairy)
This Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Icing is kosher for Passover, but it's so delicious, you'll want to serve it year-round.

Oreo Balls (Dairy)
My wife came back from Atlanta with this recipe for Oreo Balls, claiming that these cookies served at her nephew's bar mitzvah were extraordinary. My first reaction was that buying Oreos means not having to prepare treats, as Oreos are treats enough. But my second reaction, after my wife prepared the Oreo Balls herself, was that mixing cream...

Halvah Cake (parve)
Sara Finkel, author of Classic Kosher Cooking: Simply Delicious, calls this Halvah Cake recipe one of her personal favorites. Halvah, a sweet confection consisting primarily of ground sesame seeds and sugar, is popular in Israel either mixed into baked treats or simply sliced up for Shabbat dessert.

Apple Cake (Parve)
What do you get when you cross apples with flour, oil, eggs, sugar and spice? This kosher parve Apple Cake recipe from Ohio caterers Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer. Julie says this recipe is by far their customers' favorite dessert.

Apple Cake (Parve)
My mother-in-law is an excellent baker, and she contributed this Apple Cake recipe to the About.com Kosher Food site. Since this moist and delicious cake is pareve, you can serve it for dessert after a festive meat meal. While this apple cake is especially fitting for Rosh Hashanah, it can be served for dessert after any Shabbos or Jewish holiday meal.

Lemon Tea Bread (Dairy)
If you like a cake that is not too rich and that goes great with a glass of tea, then this Lemon Tea Bread is the cake for you. This cake is easy to prepare and freezes well. This Lemon Cake is the perfect cake to serve when you've invited guests over on Shabbos afternoon for Seudah Shlishit.

Chocolate Banana Cake (Dairy)
No need to throw away those old bananas just because there is no need for cake in your home now. This recipe for Chocolate Banana Cake freezes so well that I generally bake it, wrap it and freeze it right away. While it can be defrosted later, we often prefer to slice and eat it frozen.

Chocoholics' Chocolate Cake (Dairy)
If you are a chocolate lover, this cake is your dream come true. As a kosher dairy recipe, it is less versatile than kosher parve dessert recipes (kosher observant can not serve it after a festive meat meal). Nevertheless, this Chocoholics' Chocolate Cake is so delicious, everyone should have a copy of it in their recipe box.

Pareve Chocolate Cake Icing
This is the easiest and quickest way to make your own pareve chocolate cake icing. Put one container of Rich's non-dairy whip topping and 2 parve chocolate bars in a sauce pan. On low heat, stir together until melted and combined. Then pour the icing on your cake. The most important part of the recipe is to hide the cake until it is time to...

Apple Torte (Parve)
This Apple Torte has replaced chocolate cake as our favorite Shabbos dessert. I'm glad because I'd rather that we all eat a dessert with apples in it. In addition, this impressive looking cake is surprisingly easy to make and especially delicious. If you use pareve margarine, then the cake is pareve and can be eaten after a festive meat meal.

Plum Torte (Parve)
This Plum Torte is incredibly delicious. And it turns out to be more healthy than the Apple Torte because there is no need to sprinkle sugar on top of the plums like I sprinkle on the apples. For a sure-fire summer Shabbos dessert hit, try this Plum Torte recipe.

Chocolate Icing (Parve)
I used to make a cake and then find I lacked the powdered sugar needed to make the icing. Now, thanks to this recipe, I'm always able to glaze my cakes. Water, cocoa, sugar, margarine and vanilla extract is all that is needed to make this delicious parve Chocolate Icing.

Chocolate Mousse Cake (Pareve)
Pareve cakes are important part of a kosher recipe collection because they allow one to finish a festive meat meal with a festive dessert. This sweet, moist mousse cake is the perfect ending to a Sabbath family meal.

English Jam Sponge Pudding (Parve)
In England a sponge pudding is a hot cake that is served for dessert. Traditionally it is steamed in a water bath in the oven for over 1 1/2 hours. However, this recipe "cheats" by cooking the pudding in a microwave for less than 10 minutes.

Fat-Free Cinnamon Sponge Cake (Parve)
We always break our Yom Kippur fast with this Fat-Free Cinnamon Sponge Cake. It is light and airy. Even those watching their weight won't feel guilty indulging!

Adaptable Shabbat Torte (Parve)
Our cousin from Minneapolis, who regularly hosts Shabbos meals for large crowds, has become reliant on this Adaptable Shabbat Torte lately. Meryll claims that once you get the hang of the cake, you can make it on autopilot in less than 10 minutes (if you've remembered to leave out the margarine to soften). Another plus is that everyone is very...

Grandmother's Kuchen (Dairy)
Kuchen means "cake" in German, and refers to a variety of cakes. This kuchen, which was my grandmother's recipe, is a coffee cake with veins and pockets of baked-in cinnamon and sugar. My mother traditionally baked this cake for the holiday of Shavuot, but my family and friends like it so much that I make it all year round.

Perfect Parve Party Cake (Parve)
Why do I call this the Perfect Parve Party Cake? First, it is parve so it can be served after a traditional Jewish Sabbath or holiday meat meal. Secondly, it is very easy and quick to prepare. Thirdly, it is aesthetic and delicious with its chocolate base and creamy topping. Lastly, it is flourless so it can even be served during Passover.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Dairy)
This Sour Cream Coffee Cake is one of my mother-in-law's many specialties. And I'm not just saying that to score points! This sweet, moist cake is layered with a chocolate, brown sugar and cinnamon crunch.

Joan Nathan's Chocolate Swirl Babka (Dairy)
Babka Cake, which originated in Eastern Europe, is a a sweet, spongy yeast cake. The cakes were traditionally baked by grandmothers, thus the name babka - the Polish diminutive of baba which means old woman. This recipe for Chocolate Swirl Babka cake comes from Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan.

RFCJ Newsgroup: Cakes, Pies
RFCJ Newsgroup (rec.food.cuisine.jewish) archives recipes sent in from different Jewish ethnic streams (Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Yemenite, etc.) and communities around the world. Recipes posted to this newsgroup respect the basic framework of the Jewish dietary laws. The recipes separate dairy and meat, and they do not call for non-kosher ingredients.

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