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Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe

 Chocolate Sponge Cake Photo : Jackie Cameron

Chocolate Sponge Cake
Photo : Jackie Cameron

From an early age, my sister and I would whip up a chocolate sponge cake  when craving a little sweetness. This recipe has been made more times  than anyone can remember. The page is yellow with age and the words  splattered with ingredients but it doesn’t matter because we girls know  the recipe by heart.

Chocolate Sponge Cake

Yields : One small cake of 22cm

Ingredients :

½ cup Margarine

1 ½ cup Sugar

3 medium Eggs

1 t Vanilla Essence

1 ½ cup Cake Flour

2 T Cocoa Powder

2 t Baking Powder

¾ cup Milk

*Creamy Cocoa/Milk Icing

15 ml salted Butter

400g Icing Sugar

30 g Cocoa Powder

90 ml full cream Milk

Method :

1) Cream the margarine and the sugar until light in colour

2) Add the eggs one at a time to ensure complete whisking and then vanilla essence

3) Add the dry ingredients alternatively with the milk amount.  (If you were making a vanilla, orange or coffee cake you would remove the two tablespoons of cocoa and add two extra tablespoons of cake flour.)

4) Once everything is added and incorporated put your electric beater on high and allow non –stop whisking for five minutes

5) Divide mixture in half and pour into two greased oven pans and bake at 180˚C for 15-20 minutes


6) Whisk the soft butter and slowly start adding the icing sugar so to ensure all butter lumps are worked through the icing sugar.  Continue slowly adding the rest of the icing sugar and the cocoa powder alternatively with the milk to the butter mixture.

7) Ice the cake when cooled and serve

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I look forward to hearing from you

 jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713