Foster Chocolate Cake (Vegan & Passover)

This cake is so popular in my house that it has literally caused tears. Let me explain.

I once had this adorable kid over for Shabbat dinner. Normally, I would make my usual repertoire when I have kids coming over, but this kid is special. His name is Foster and he is by far the most adorable little bundle of extreme energy you can imagine. What makes Foster even more special is that he is extremely allergic to, well, everything. You name it, nuts, seeds, soy, dairy, eggs, etc. When his mom sent me the list of offending ingredients, I have to admit, my creativity was in a panic.

So I set out to create a dessert for him to enjoy. There was no way this kid was coming over to my house and not getting a treat.

I played around with different vegan recipes and all were a total disaster. Dry and tasteless, they all reminded me of Passover cakes. Poor kid!

I made 2 cakes that night. In the middle of the night on Friday night, my sweet-tooth frenzied husband woke up and went downstairs and polished off the second cake to himself. I awoke Saturday morning to the kids jumping on my bed asking me if they could have a piece of Foster Cake (they named the cake!). It was followed by tons of “ppppplllllleeeeease mommy!”, “It’s Shabbat, mommy”. I gave in (as usual) and I went down the stairs with the kids to cut them all a slice all the while being careful not to wake up daddy.

Well, when we got to the kitchen there was no cake on the table where I had left it.

I went to throw out something and found the pan in the garbage. I knew the culprit right away. And so did my children.

“Daddy is so mean, he ate all the cake!” shouted Jaden then all three kids began crying. My husband, it seems, will never be forgiven because when I make this cake, all three kids hide it somewhere so their father can’t find it. I kid you not.

My kids asked me to make Foster Cake kosher for Passover and after 3 tries, I made it. The tricky part was substituting flour for cake matzo meal, but I have it right now for all to enjoy.

I believe in simplicity. Especially during Passover. We slave, pun intended, to clean out our homes from chametz (bread) for a whole month before then we slave away in the kitchen cooking and preparing for both Seder feasts. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple and guaranteed crowd pleasing recipe for the most delicious chocolate cake you have ever tried? A cross between a decadent brownie and a moist chocolate cake, this cake is vegan and Passover friendly as well.

You’re welcome.

Stop kissing your screen.

Are you…..crying?

Yeah, me too.

Ingredients:

For Cake:

1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. warm water

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. cake matzo meal + 1/4 c.

1/3 c. potato starch

1 tsp. distilled white vinegar

 

For Glaze:

2 tbsp. almond milk (I didn’t find any here kosher for Passover so I made my own which is very easy)

2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 c. sugar

4 tbsp. canola oil

3 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Instructions:

Pull out an 8×8 pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix all the cake ingredients until smooth and pour into pan.

Place in oven and bake until cake bounces back to the touch, approximately 28-30 minutes.

While cake is baking, prepare glaze by placing all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and glaze is smooth.

Once cake is out of the oven and still hot, pour glaze on top.

Told you that was easy! That’s why I made 3!

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