Chocolate Sponge

You don't see many people bothering to make sponge cakes these days. This recipe is one of my Mum's and I have to confess that it's been a long time since I made a sponge. Mum use to make excellent sponge cakes - and mostly in the Aga (wood stove).

So what's makes a sponge different to other cakes? There's no butter for a start - that's why they are usually covered in jam and cream. The way it is made is another. Lot's of beating to add air to the mix and make them light.


  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp cornflour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp butter in half cup boiling water


  1. Beat eggs and sugar for 15 minutes in the mixmaster
  2. fold in sifted dry ingredients
  3. quickly add the butter/water mixture
  4. pour into two small greased and floured sandwich tins
  5. bake 15 mintues in a moderate oven.
  6. fill and top with whipped cream and enjoy.