Varlhona Chocolate Sponge

Soft, moist chocolate cake that can be a wonderful base for cream or ganache.

Recipe (6″ round tin)

  • 15g varlhona cocoa powder
  • 35g hot water
  • 20g cold milk
  • 10g corn starch
  • 45g caster sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 35g cooking oil
  • 45g cake flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • Handful of chocolate chips


1. Line bottom of 6″ round cake tin, no greasing. Preheat oven to 180 deg C.

2. Add hot water to cocoa powder and stir till dissolved. Add in cold milk and stir. Set aside.

3. Add corn starch to sugar and mix well. Set aside.

4. In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and add in salt.

5. Add in oil and whisk till even.

6. Add in cocoa mixture and whisk. Then add in sifted cake flour and mix till no dry bits.

7. Using a mixer, whisk egg whites till foamy then add in cream of tartar. Add in sugar and corn starch mixture in 2 parts and whisk till firm peak.

8. Mix 1/3 of the meringue into yolk batter with hand whisk.

9. Pour yolk batter into remaining meringue. Use spatula to fold till combined.

10. Pour slowly into cake tin and add chocolate chips on top.

11. Bake at 180 deg C fan forced for 10 min.

12. After 10 min, take out and make slits. (Below is another cake for illustration.)

13. Continue to bake at 180 deg but without the fan (only top and bottom heat), for another 20-25 min. Cool inverted.

14. Unmould and slice.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Selvi says:

    hi dear, sorry, please advise what is cake powder?


    1. oladybakes says:

      Oh dear should be cake flour, pardon me.


  2. Ling Loo says:

    Hi. Thanks for the recipe. I baked this cake this afternoon, it rise beautifully but the base concave in. Do you know why? I inverted the cake to cool completely before unmoulding.


    1. oladybakes says:

      Can use a loose bottom tin with no lining.


  3. Sue says:

    I suppose it varies but may I know how long it took you to beat the meringue to firm peaks? I would like to know as a guide. Thank you


    1. oladybakes says:

      For me, usually a few minutes maybe up to 5, using a electric hand mixer. Including start stop to add sugar.


  4. Chris says:

    Hi this is dry bake right?


      1. Chris says:

        Thanks very much.


  5. Marie says:

    Hi, my oven got no fan mode, pls let me know how many degrees n timing to bake this cake. Thank you.


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