Gesundheits kuchen (“good health cake”)


Number of Servings
    • 6 large eggs, separated
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • ¼ cup ground almonds
    • ½ teaspoon almond extract
    • 2½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup milk
    • Grated rind of 1 lemon
    • Confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and lightly flour a tube pan.
  2. Beat the yolks well. Add the sugar, beating well again. Add the cooled butter, almonds, and almond extract, and mix well.
  3. Fold in the flour, baking powder, salt, lemon rind, and milk.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry, and fold in.
  5. Pour into the greased pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely. Sprinkle the top with confectioners sugar.


Nutrition Information

 545 calories, 30 g fat, 225 mg cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 11 g protein,
 60 g carbohydrate


Recipe from In Memory’s Kitchen, edited by Cara de silva (Jason Aronson/Rowman & Littlefield). adapted by Joan Nathan, author of 10 cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America. Reprinted by permission of Joan Nathan.