Baklava Cake for Passover #SpringSweetsWeek

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I just love baklava – it’s definitely one of my favorite desserts to get when we go out – but it only gets made at home sparingly. Baklava can be a lot of work!

This beautiful cake has the great flavors of baklava – with significantly less work. A nutty cake is soaked in a honey-citrus syrup and then topped off with candied orange slices and nuts.

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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup matzo cake meal
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the syrup:

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. hazelnuts
  • 3 Tbsp. walnuts

Because this recipe contains no leavened grains, it’s perfect for Passover.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ round pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and hazelnuts until finely chopped.
  3. Pour the nuts into a bowl and stir together with the matzo cake meal.
  4. In another bowl, beat together the sugar, brown sugar, oil, egg whites, and eggs until well blended. Stir int he nuts and matzo meal until combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed. Let cool completely.
  7. While the cake bakes, combine all ingredients for the the syrup in a small saucepan.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  9. While the cake and syrup cool, prepared the toppings. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  10. Add the orange slices and cook until the orange peel turns translucent.
  11. Remove orange slices to a parchment-lined baking sheet with a slotted spoon.
  12. Add hazelnuts and walnuts to the sugar water and cook for two minutes, then remove to the parchment-lined baking sheet with a slotted spoon and let cool.
  13. When the cake and syrup are cool, loosen cake from the pan – I removed mine totally, then popped it back in. Use a fork to gently poke holes all over the cake. Pour the syrup over and refrigerate overnight.
  14. When ready to serve, turn the cake out onto a plate and top with candied oranges and nuts.

The beauty of this cake is that it preps ahead perfectly. Because it needs to chill overnight – and is best served chilled – its one less thing to worry about when you’re hosting!

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Recipe

Baklava Cake

Baklava Cake

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

This Passover-friendly cake is soaked with a honey-citrus syrup and topped off with candied oranges and nuts.

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup matzo cake meal
  • 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed Dixie Crystals brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the syrup:

  • 2/3 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. hazelnuts
  • 3 Tbsp. walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" round pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and hazelnuts until finely chopped.
  3. Pour the nuts into a bowl and stir together with the matzo cake meal.
  4. In another bowl, beat together the sugar, brown sugar, oil, egg whites, and eggs until well blended. Stir int he nuts and matzo meal until combined.
  5. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed. Let cool completely.
  7. While the cake bakes, combine all ingredients for the the syrup in a small saucepan.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  9. While the cake and syrup cool, prepared the toppings. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  10. Add the orange slices and cook until the orange peel turns translucent.
  11. Remove orange slices to a parchment-lined baking sheet with a slotted spoon.
  12. Add hazelnuts and walnuts to the sugar water and cook for two minutes, then remove to the parchment-lined baking sheet with a slotted spoon and let cool.
  13. When the cake and syrup are cool, loosen cake from the pan - I removed mine totally, then popped it back in. Use a fork to gently poke holes all over the cake. Pour the syrup over and refrigerate overnight.
  14. When ready to serve, turn the cake out onto a plate and top with candied oranges and nuts.

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