The Best Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe (video)

no-fail chocolate sponge cake

Need a simple, no-fail chocolate sponge cake recipe for your next cake creation? I’ve got you covered with this fantastic, rich and chocolate-y version! While most chocolate cakes tend to be dense and fudge-y, this recipe yields a super fluffy, light as air cake layer that will surprise you! And you’ll love how versatile this recipe is – you can fill and frost this cake with just about anything! This cake recipe is from my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series, where I share simple cake, frosting and filling recipes!

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Ingredients for Chocolate Sponge Cake

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this rich cake recipe:

  • Eggs: use fresh eggs for best results. Both cold and room temperature eggs will work well for this recipe. Cold eggs will need to be whisked for longer.
  • Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Baking Powder: for the cake batter.
  • All-Purpose Flour: this is the best type of flour for this recipe.
  • Butter: use melted, unsalted butter for the cake batter.
  • Cocoa Powder: try using a dark cocoa powder, such as Hershey’s Special Dark for a very rich chocolate flavor.
  • Instant Coffee: adding instant coffee to a chocolate cake helps intensify the chocolate flavor.
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How To Make Chocolate Sponge Cake

What sets a sponge cake apart from other cakes is the method of preparation and ingredients. Recipes like this one call for more eggs than usual, six to be exact! I know that sounds like a lot for a cake but it’s the eggs that give these cake layers volume.

  1. The first and most important step is whisking the eggs, sugar and vanilla until the eggs are pale in color, thick and voluminous. The more volume, the better! It’s equally important to add the dry ingredients gently, folding carefully but thoroughly to keep the eggs fluffy.
  2.  In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Sift the dry ingredients into the egg mixture in small increments, folding gently but thoroughly after each addition.
  3. In a small ramekin, dissolve the instant coffee with the hot water. Pour the dissolved coffee and melted butter last into the batter. Fold and mix gently for approximately 30 seconds, just until the butter is mixed into the batter. (Adding the butter is optional)
  4. For making two, 8-inch round cake layers: Divide the batter evenly between the two baking pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the tops are set. They will spring back when tapped gently when done. Remove the cakes from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Immediately, run a knife along the edge of the pan and cake to release the cake from the pan.
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Cake Ideas for Chocolate Sponge Cake

If you’ve ever baked a sponge cake before, you know that they tend to be much drier than a traditional butter and sugar based cakes. That makes them great filling with a variety of fillings! Try these cake layers with creamy or fruity fillings such as custards, citrus curds or fruit preserves; dessert liqueurs also work well. Since sponge cakes don’t have a ton of moisture on their own, they absorb other liquids and moisture very well! Here are some more ideas for filling the cake:

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The Best Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe (video)

20 mins prep + 18 mins cook
12 servings
Learn how to make the best chocolate sponge cake for your next dessert! Great for cakes and cupcakes!

Ingredients 

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder, I used Hershey’s Special Dark
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted; optional
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon hot water

For Chocolate Cake (as seen in video):

  • 1 recipe Vanilla Custard Buttercream, optional
  • 1/2 cup blueberry preserves
  • 1 recipe chocolate ganache, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/177C. Prepare two, 8-inch/20-cm cake rounds by lining the bottom with parchment paper; do not grease the sides. This recipe will also work well in a 13×19-inch jelly roll pan for Swiss roll cakes.
  • Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract into a stand mixer bowl, then whisk on high speed for 7 to 9 minutes. The eggs need to be thick, pale in color and super fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Sift the dry ingredients into the egg mixture in small increments, folding gently but thoroughly after each addition.
  • In a small ramekin, dissolve the instant coffee with the hot water. Pour the dissolved coffee and melted butter last into the batter. Fold and mix gently for approximately 30 seconds, just until the butter is mixed into the batter. (Adding the butter is optional)
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two baking pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the tops are set. They will spring back when tapped gently when done. Remove the cakes from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Immediately, run a knife along the edge of the pan and cake to release the cake from the pan. Cool the layers completely on a wire rack.
  • Once the layers are cooled, remove the parchment paper and use a long serrated knife to split the layers in half, if desired. Use choice of fillings and frostings to fill and garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg