How to make Basic Dark Sponge -

The recipe for a basic dark sponge cake that can be used to make several desserts.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cocoa powder (कोको पावडर), Refined flour (maida) (मैदा)

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Snacks and Starters

Basic Dark Sponge

Basic Dark Sponge Recipe Card


Fusion cuisine is one that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in a number of innovations.
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms.  

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Basic Dark Sponge Recipe

  • Cocoa powder 75 grams

  • Refined flour (maida) 300 grams

  • Baking soda 6 grams

  • Baking powder 7 grams

  • Butter 150 grams

  • Castor sugar (caster sugar) 375 grams

  • Eggs 5

  • Milk 330 millilitres

  • Vanilla Essence A few drops


Step 1

Preheat oven at 180°C. Grease an aluminium cake tin and dust with little flour.

Step 2

Sift together refined flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Mix well.

Step 3

Combine butter and sugar in another bowl.

Step 4

Break eggs in another bowl and set aside.

Step 5

Cream butter and sugar till smooth. Add eggs, one-by-one and cream till well blended.

Step 6

Fold in the flour mixture, little by little and beat well. Add milk, vanilla essence and beat well till well mixed.

Step 7

Pour the batter in prepared tin, filling 3/4th, tap the tin, place in preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Step 8

Remove from heat and cool. Demould, cut into wedges and serve.

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