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Chocolate sponge cake on a white plate.
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5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Sponge Cake

This homemade chocolate sponge cake is awesome! It only requires 4 ingredients. If you are a fan of cake give this one a try!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Cakes, Desserts
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: fluffy, soft, sweet
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Sifter
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Large bowl
  • Spatula
  • 2 9-inch round cake pans (13x9 works too)
  • Wire rack
  • parchment paper
  • Shortening or cooking spray


  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup of white granulated sugar 200g
  • 1 cup of cake flour or all-purpose plain flour (120g)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 35g


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C with the main rack in the middle position.
  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl for a minute or two until they become pale and there will be lots of tiny bubbles.
  • Now add the sugar a tablespoon at a time while beating on medium speed.
  • Continue beating on medium speed for a few minutes then raise the speed to medium-high. Beat the egg and sugar mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes. Until when you pull the beaters out of the batter and then it falls down onto itself and it resembles a ribbon.
  • Add the flour and cocoa powder to a sifter and sift in about 1 fourth of into the egg mixture. Using a spatula fold it in until combined, then repeat until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Take two 9-inch round cake pans and grease them with shortening and then flour them, or you can also use cocoa powder if you like instead of flour. You can also spray them with cooking spray and use parchment paper on the bottom which is the best way to ensure the cake doesn't stick.
  • Pour an equal amount of batter into each pan. Then place them on the middle rack and bake them for 23 to 28 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
    DO NOT open the oven door before 23 minutes. If you do, the cake may deflate on you.
  • Once the cakes are done baking, turn off the oven and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the cakes to cool down gradually for about 10 minutes.
  • Then remove them from the oven and allow them to cool in their pans for about 10 more minutes. Use a cake spatula and run it along the edges to loosen the cake as needed. Then flip it over, it should come right out, and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Time to serve it up! You can frost it, or just serve it with berries and powdered sugar, fruit sauce, etc. You can even just eat it plain or dip it in milk if you like. Totally up to you how you want to serve it. Enjoy!



Note: These nutritional facts are only for the cake itself and do not reflect any toppings, frosting, fruit, etc. 
TIPIf you forget to take the eggs out of the fridge, place them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes and that will bring them to room temp.
List of nutritional facts for chocolate sponge cake.