Wednesday 23 April 2014

Chocolate Sponge cake - Eggless

I baked this beautiful cake with lots of love for my friend's daughter. She is such a cute little adorable chatter box that you can't resist to spend time with her. One day she told me " I love chocolate cake but I don't prefer any topping on that" :))))) then I asked her "due you like any fruits or any nuts with that ??", she simply replied "nopes" and ran away. So just thought to make her happy with a simple chocolate sponge cake. Before preparing this I just had my fingers crossed because these days the kids are too choosey and specially me who doesn't know a lot about kids :)))). But yes the cake came out very light, spongy, moist and full of flavor. The best part - its eggless, I replaced eggs with buttermilk. So lets quickly see the ingredients followed by the method.

Ingredients :
I have divided the ingredients list in two parts- the dry & wet ingredients. This way it will be easy for you to follow this.
Dry ingredients: 
  • All Purpose flour/Maida/Plain flour - 1 cup + 2 tbsps
  • Baking Powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda - 1 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder  (unsweetened) - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - a generous pinch
Wet ingredients :
  • Brown sugar - 1/2 cup
  • White granulated sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Buttermilk - 1 cup (at room temperature)
  • Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
  • Vegetable Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Black coffee - 3/4 cup (optional) To prepare, just add 1 tsp instant coffee powder in 1/2 cup boiling water
 Method :
  • First preheat the oven at 180°C. Grease & flour the baking tin, if you want you can line with parchment paper/Butter paper.
  • Sieve the dry ingredients together atleast 3 times and keep aside, this give more aeration in the flour and helps in making the cake light.
  • In other bowl mix oil + sugar + Buttermilk + Vanilla essence. After they are well combined add the dry ingredients and fold in gently. 
  • Once mix well, add the boiling coffee (If you are not adding coffee then just add plain boiling water).
  • The batter will be runny, but that's the way it has to be :)))
  • Pour the batter in tin.
  • Bake it on the middle rack for 45-50 mins or unless a tooth pick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Mine took exactly 50 minutes. But keep checking after 40 -45 minutes as every oven vary :)
  • When done, take it out and give a rest of 2-3 minutes, demold and cool on a rack.
  • Tadaaaaa your cake is ready.
Enjoy with the frosting of your own choice or like this only.

Note : 
  • If you are adding egg, then add one egg and make the quantity of buttermilk half and also the baking soda will be halved. 
  • Coffee gives a very nice kick to it therefore I added otherwise its optional. Boiling water helps it making moist.
  • If you don't have brown sugar simply replace it with white one. 
  • For the buttermilk - just add 1 tbsp of lemon juice/white vinegar to 1 cup milk, allow it to stand for 5 minutes. Your buttermilk is ready.
 Thanks n Happy Baking
Priyanka :))))



  1. Lovely .My first visit to your blog .. Will try this out and give you a feedback!

    1. Thank you so much Viji :), eagerly waiting for your feedback & suggestions :)
      I have a YouTube channel also, pls do visit :)

  2. What if I want choco chips?

    1. Yes you can add about 1/2 cup of them. Just coat them with some dry flour mixture so that they do not sink in the bottom and spread nicely in the cake :).

    2. Also you can add some nuts if you like, following the same procedure :)

    3. Thanks a lot :)

  3. Can we use actual buttermilk made by churning curd?

  4. Can we use actual buttermilk made by churning curd

  5. If I have to microwave the cake then how much time it will take to get proper cooked cake?

    1. Here I would ask you - will u use just a microwave or microwave with convection
      If microwave only then just 4-5 min (remember overdoing makes it dry). The cake will turn out soft & spongy but it won't get the upper crust as in oven.
      If you are using Convection mode then the temperature & timing will almost remain the same as in oven, and the results will be same as in oven.
      Hope I have cleared myself, if any further queries please feel free to ask :)

  6. Beautiful... !
    I want this gorgeous cake..
    Glad to know another fellow blogger from London.. Would love to connect,

    Do drop by my blog when time permits..

    1. Thank u so much Sandhya :)))
      Would love to visit ur blog :)

  7. Can we use normal sugar instead of liquid brown sugar?

  8. Hi Priya,

    The cake came out really good but I didnt put enough sugar so didnt come out sweet at all. Is there a way to fix it.


    1. That's really nice to hear from u, You can pour some extra sweet chocolate ganache over it any also apply some sugar syrup. Attaching a link, u can refer this video.

  9. Thanks for the recipe, Priyanka. I tried it and my family loved the cake :-) Super moist!

  10. Hi priyanka.. Nice recipe.. Can u tell me how much curd to be taken to make 1cup buttermilk

  11. Hi priyanka , I wanted to make chocolate cupcake with this recipe, can I ?

  12. Hi Priyanka ,
    Just wanted to share my experience as I was so very excited to bake the cake with your recipe ( ur banana walnut came out excellent ) ...but god knows what went wrong where. ..The cake didn't come out well...I baked it on convention for 60 minutes. .but could not see it rising. ..It was just not spongy...flat. ..All the ingredients were measured ...but ...Willing to take some tips from you. ..dear

  13. Hi cake came out very well...

  14. Hi cake came out very well...

  15. hello cake is yummy thanks a lot

  16. Thanks for the recipes,,they are really helpful for me. keep publishing such nice posts. You can also use the baking

  17. Hi I tried you chocolate cake.but every time it keeps on raising and raising.i do not know whàt went wrong.i also tried it without that extra boiling coffee water.But the result was same.plz help.

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