Chocolate Layer Cake with Italian Meringue

Passover desserts are usually terribly high in fat and calories, due to the excessive use of eggs, oil and nuts. Not this one! I adore this cake all year round, but it’s a special treat at Passover, with its fluffy and creamy meringue topping.

Don’t confuse matzo cake meal with matzo meal. Cake meal is finer and produces a more tender cake. The light and fluffy meringue topping is delicious on other cakes, too.

Cocoa is chocolate without the cocoa butter, which contains the fat and cholesterol. One ounce of chocolate has 9 g of fat. One ounce of cocoa has 3 g.

1. Make cake: In a large bowl and using a whisk or electric mixer, beat egg yolks, 2/3 cup sugar, and oil. With a wooden spoon, stir in yogurt, cocoa, cake meal, and potato starch until combined.

2. In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites until they are foamy. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Stir one quarter of the egg whites into the batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites just until blended. Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans.

3. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
just until set. Do not overbake. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before icing.

4. Let the pans cool on a wire rack.

5. Make icing: In the top of a double boiler over simmering water or in a bowl that sits on a pot of simmering water, combine 3 egg whites, 3/4 cup sugar, and water. With an electric mixer, beat for approximately 8 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and soft peaks form. Remove the pan from the heat; beat for 1 to 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

6. Place one cake layer on a cake platter. Spread some of the icing over top. Place the second cake layer on top of the first. Ice the top and sides.

7. Garnish (optional): Melt the chocolate and oil in microwave for 30 seconds on medium-high, or just until chocolate begins to melt. Whisk until smooth, drizzle over top of cake.

2 large egg yolks
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup matzo cake meal
2 Tbsp. potato starch
4 large egg whites
1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 large egg whites
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water

1 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vegetable oil

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein 3.8g
Total Fat 7.5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Carbohydrates 35g
Cholesterol 36mg
Fibre 1.1g

Serves: 12