Matzah Icebox Cake

This is the time of year when eating matzah in all its forms requires creativity in the kitchen. Matzah is the flat, unleavened bread eaten by Jewish people during Passover to commemorate their exodus from Egypt. While it has huge cultural significance, most people will agree that it’s not the tastiest of treats. Thus came around the modern tradition of turning it into more enjoyable dishes, usually with the addition of chocolate and sugar. This Matzah Icebox Cake recipe is an easy and delicious treat that tastes just like tiramisu, but with far less effort!


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


Ingredients – Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Ingredients – Chocolate Ganache

  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups heavy cream

Ingredients – Cake Assembly

  • 8 large matzoh crackers
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish



  1. Make whipped cream: In large bowl using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat until soft peaks form.
  2. Make ganache: Place chocolate chips in large bowl; in small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream to simmer, then immediately pour hot cream over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 10 minutes, then whisk until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate chips have melted.
  3. To assemble cake, place a cooling rack inside of a sheet pan and place one matzah cracker on the rack. Spread ganache on top of cracker, then spread whipped cream over the ganache. Top with another matzah cracker and repeat the process until you’ve used up all of your whipped cream.
  4. Pour extra ganache over the ice box cake, covering all the sides. Top with chocolate shavings. Transfer cake to a serving plate and refrigerate until the cracker layers have softened to become cake-like, about four hours.