A good friend has asked if I could make a combined birthday/anniversary for Passover. I am not Jewish so I am lost. Does anyone have a great tasting cake and frosting recipe? I know I must get a brand new pan (oh boy this cake is for 45 so that means more than 1 new pan) to bake in but what about bowls and mixers, spoons etc. I was told no milk or butter but what about eggs? I don't know yet if she wants it decorated or not. Can you use Crisco? If I can, maybe the whipped cream buttercream recipe would be ok to cover a cake but it isn't firm enough for decorating. I would appreciate any guidance and I apologize for my ignorance.
Anything that you use to make the cake must be new as it cannot have come in contact with meat or dairy. If it has previously come in contact with wheat (flour), it must be properly sterilized. Also, your kitchen will have to be thoroughly cleaned to ensure there is no barley, oats, spelt, wheat, or rye flour dust anywhere.
Here is a good article explaining the restrictions of Passover: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Passover/At_Home/Food_and_the_Kitchen.shtml
This website has a huge list of Kosher for Passover recipes: http://kosher4passover.com/recipes-cakes.htm
Remember, anything that is not marked Kosher for Passover cannot be used in the cake. Matzo meal is the usual substitute for flour.
This site provides lists of what foods are and are not permitted during Passover: http://www.knesethisrael.org/passover_foods.htm
There are lots of good flourless cake recipes out there!
All of the ingredients have to be 100% wheat free as if baking for a wheat allergy meaning NO contact whatsoever iwith anything that's been in contact with wheat. So theoreticaly crisco would be fine except that it requires a special kosher sumbol for passover. The reason for no butter and milk is that it will probably be served at a meal with meat and people who keep the kosher laws do not eat milk and meat products together, at the same meal, or even within a few hours of eachother. I think since this is a one time project for you you are best off buying disposable pans and trimming the cake to have even sides. "Sterilizing" pans as the previous poster said is unfortunately not what's done for most people who keep the laws of Passover, but it's best to ask your friend what level she expects you to keep on her behalf. Good luck!