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Matzo 7-Layer Cake


Chef notes

Seven is such an important number in Judaism but it's also an especially delicious one when it involves wine-soaked matzo covered in chocolate. 

Technique tip: Make sure you soak one piece of matzo for about 30 seconds in the juice or wine. 


  • 1 1/2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup sweet red wine or grape juice
  • 7 sheets matzo
  • Fresh berries for garnish



Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  Keep the melted chocolate from firming up by placing it in a bowl over a bowl of warm water.


Place wine in a pan large enough to accommodate a full sheet of matzo without breaking it.


Soak one piece of matzo for about 30 seconds. Transfer to lined baking sheet and spread a thin layer of chocolate, make sure to cover the edges. Moisten another piece of matzo, and this time stack it on top of the matzo with chocolate. Spread more chocolate onto the matzo. Repeat until all matzos are moistened and covered in chocolate. Pour the remaining chocolate over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides.


 Chill it in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, which takes about 1 hour (or you can make it ahead and chill overnight). Allow the cake to come to room temperature before slicing and serving. 


Transfer layer cake to serving platter and garnish with fresh berries.