Jordan: Let’s start by saying that this cake was delicious.
Kitra: It tastes like pralines, and that wasn’t even the intent. It’s that lovely.
Think nutty, buttery, and lightly caramelly. We ate more than half the cake in one sitting.
Added bonus: no wheat! Which generally is… not a bonus. But it’s good here.
That said, we failed at one part of this cake. Or rather, I failed at it. (Kitra was just along for the ride.) The original cake included cornmeal, but in an attempt to make it kosher for Passover, we swapped that out. We also swapped out the small amount of all-purpose flour (which also makes it gluten-free)… Unfortunately, I remembered too late that rice flour, which we used, is still kitniyot, just like corn is.
It’s totally doable to make this work though if that’s your goal. Just don’t arbitrarily pick rice flour like we did.
It wasn’t arbitrary! It was recommended by the people in the comments as a gluten-free swap, and I already had it in my pantry. It was, however, not fully thought-out. Fun side story: I’ve also done this in the other direction. I once used a kosher for Passover recipe to make cookies for a gluten-free friend and realized as they were going in the oven that matzo meal is, you know, decidedly not gluten-free. Cookies were good though.
I enjoyed them.
I’ll also note that this cake is kosher for Passover if you eat kitniyot (corn, rice, legumes, etc.), which as far as I can tell is mostly a matter of how strong your feelings are about tradition, unless you’re Orthodox.
Jordan has done a lot of research and needs more outlets for it. I just like cake and know I should eat less wheat because it doesn’t always make me feel great but I’m in denial.
In my defense, there are a lot of topics I have done unnecessary research on but this is not one of them. It just comes from being the only non-Jew at my boyfriend’s mother’s Passover seders. Ask me about World War I facial surgery and then we’ll get into some unnecessary research.
We should end on something other than facial surgery. So: this cake is great and you should eat over half of it in 20ish minutes. No regrets.