Make Kwanzaa Cake for Passover–If You Dare

I don’t watch a lot of Food Network. I like cooking, but I really don’t watch much TV anymore, and when I do, I want to see people fighting and then making out, not stirring things. The point is, I don’t watch the Food Network, but I once saw about 15 minutes of Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee and it pretty much made me lose all hope in humanity. She was all, “Buy a cake! Spread insane amounts of icing on it! Your kids will love it!” I’m sorry, but do we need a show to tell us that? No, we don’t.

Anyway, today I was reading this article about this guy who made a meal of all Sandra Lee recipes and it was so gross. And he mentioned that Lee is famous for making a Kwanzaa cake that Anthony Bourdain called “a war crime on television.” So then I had to watch that video, and really, it is appalling taken to a degree I didn’t even know existed.

The Kwanzaa Cake

And after watching that I wondered if maybe Sandra had any Passover recipes because wouldn’t that be hilarious? And also, it would kind of point out exactly what’s wrong with the way people cook for Passover, right? But sadly, though the Food Network has 76 articles about Passover (including one called Creole Farfel Kugel) none of them are courtesy of our girl Sandra. Bummer.

But then I realized: The Kwanzaa cake is made with angel food cake, which is already Kosher for Passover. The other ingredients are: icing, cinnamon, cocoa, apple pie filling, and nuts. All of that stuff is fine to eat on Pesach! You could make this cake and serve it at your seder, but–and this is very much not in the spirit of Sandra Lee–you would probably have to make the cake from scratch, and the icing, and probably even the apple pie filling, too. Instead of semi-homemade, it would be actually homemade. Which might make it good. (But probably not.) You should try it and find out! And if you do, please take pictures and send them to me.

PS- Oh Holy God I just found Sandra’s Star of David Angel Food Cake. It involves pearls.

(Cross-posted at Mixed Multitudes)

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3 Responses to “Make Kwanzaa Cake for Passover–If You Dare”

  1. Tricia Says:

    I’ve never seen a good KLP angel food cake recipe. Matzoh cake flour is, well, kind of yucky.

  2. Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz Says:

    Our family eats a sponge cake many years in honor of my brother’s birthday (born second day of Pesach!). This is an amazing option for a variation.

  3. Anon Says:

    Words. Fail. Me. Was that supposed to be a joke? Seriously, pumpkin seeds plus apple pie filling plus corn nuts (I think that’s what they were, but it sounds like they’re not called that in the States; I’m in Canada). Maybe I just don’t know enough about Kwaanza, but what gives with that ingredient combo? Seriously disturbing.

    Tricia – my family has always avoided matzo-flour type cakes by doing nut-based cakes instead. And with all the flourless cakes that are so popular now, recipes are easier than ever to find. I would give that a try before you went for this monstrosity.

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