Easy, No-Bake Chocolate Matzo Cake Recipe

Sliced cake
Tori Avey

This fun and easy no-bake “cake” was invented because of the Passover restriction on leavening agents, which makes baking tough. It only has 3 ingredients, and it takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It requires no baking because it sets in the refrigerator.

I know the kosher wine sounds like a bizarre ingredient, but combined with the matzo and chocolate, the wine flavor is very mellow. The alcohol content in the sweet kosher wine is very low; to make it more kid-friendly, you can substitute kosher grape juice. The texture of the finished product is somewhere between a candy bar and a chocolate truffle cake. Use pareve bittersweet chocolate if you want to keep this recipe dairy free.

Kids can easily help with this chocolate cake recipe. Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, there is nothing hot to burn little fingers.

A word of warning: Melted chocolate likes to get on fingers, clothes, the tabletop, etc. Prepare to get a little bit messy! I like to line my table with parchment paper or newspaper before starting to keep things neat.


In a double boiler or the microwave, melt the chocolate bars till smooth.

Pour sweet wine or grape juice into a shallow baking dish or pan. Soak the matzos for 45-60 seconds, or until they’ve absorbed some of the wine or juice. Don’t let them soak too long, or they’ll get mushy and fall apart! Remove matzos from liquid.

Place 1 moistened matzo in the center of a small tray or plate. Using a spatula, spread the matzo generously with melted chocolate, covering the whole surface of the matzo. Take another matzo and layer it on top, then spread it with chocolate. Repeat the process until you have seven layers of chocolate matzos. Put an extra thick spread of chocolate on the top layer.

Place the layered cake in refrigerator and let it set for about an hour, or until the chocolate has hardened. After the chocolate has set, store the cake at room temperature. Use a sharp knife to cut and serve.

Feel free to dress up the cake however you’d like. Some people add whipped cream and nuts. If you want a taller, thicker cake, feel free to add more layers. The thicker the cake, the longer it will take to set in the refrigerator.


Calories per serving:

508 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Sodium Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 181g 279%
  • Carbs 559g 186%
  • Saturated 106g 531%
  • Fiber 41g 164%
  • Sugars 329g
  • Monounsaturated 60g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 45g 90%
  • Sodium 92mg 4%
  • Calcium 258mg 26%
  • Magnesium 791mg 198%
  • Potassium 2,912mg 83%
  • Iron 27mg 149%
  • Zinc 12mg 78%
  • Phosphorus 1,065mg 152%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 74%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 72%
  • Niacin (B3) 11mg 55%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 36%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 116µg 29%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 34µg 42%
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