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I am in need of a really good Chocolate Sponge Cake recipe.  I generally use a box mix for my cakes, but really want to branch out and start making them from scratch.  I have to make a Groom's cake at the beginning of September and would like to do a chocolate sponge with a chocolate mouse filling on one layer and a nice whipped cream filling in the other. 

Does anyone have a recipe I could use?  Also, I recently purchased a Kitchen Aid mixer.  If you have a recipe, could you please be specific about speed settings and attachments.  I still get a bit confused.  Thanks.

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please, please!!!!

 

can't wait!

Ken:

If you are going to use the above recipe then I suggest you use the egg whites left over from the extra yolks you need. Sponge cake is usually very dry when baked and it needs some type of syrup added after baking to moisten it...hence "sponge" cake. Also you MUST use parchment when baking this type of cake or you will not get it out of the sheet pan  in one piece. Half sheet pans are available at restaurant supply stores that will fit in your home oven   perfectly. A 1" deep pan is sufficient.

 You can halve this recipe with great results if you make sure you weigh out the ingredients.

And the best way to tell if the cake   is done is by touching it in the center and if it springs back it is done. Usually it will be a nice light golden brown too. And yes 7-8 minutes is right...I have the same recipe taken from "On Baking" great book!

Hi Karen,
I am a little confused now.  I am planning on using this cake to layer and decorate with frosting and fondant.  Do you think it will be too dry?  Do I still need to mix in some kind of syrup before I frost it?  I have a pan that is like 13x16x2, but would prefer a bigger pan.  Thanks for the help.

Have you tried the Hershey Chocolate recipe?  Best chocolate cake ever, and so easy to work with.

 

 

 

I tried that one at home, I must have done something wrong...my cake came out dry...thinking I did something wrong

Jessie Freitas said:

Have you tried the Hershey Chocolate recipe?  Best chocolate cake ever, and so easy to work with.

 

 

 

Thanks for the added help to Ken because I so forgot to tell him about doing a simple syrup for the cake.

 

And the ON BAKING book rocks...surprised that they gave us that at school, it's like my Bible!  I love it!

 

Many thanks!



Karen Marie said:

Ken:

If you are going to use the above recipe then I suggest you use the egg whites left over from the extra yolks you need. Sponge cake is usually very dry when baked and it needs some type of syrup added after baking to moisten it...hence "sponge" cake. Also you MUST use parchment when baking this type of cake or you will not get it out of the sheet pan  in one piece. Half sheet pans are available at restaurant supply stores that will fit in your home oven   perfectly. A 1" deep pan is sufficient.

 You can halve this recipe with great results if you make sure you weigh out the ingredients.

And the best way to tell if the cake   is done is by touching it in the center and if it springs back it is done. Usually it will be a nice light golden brown too. And yes 7-8 minutes is right...I have the same recipe taken from "On Baking" great book!

What am I doing with a simple syrup?

You soak your cake with it to make it nice and moist.  I use a spray bottle to moisten it.  Don't over do it or your cake will turn into pudding.

 

I've heard of using a bottle before....we have these ugly/clunky paintbrushes we use...gotta go a bottle or a cuter brush...lol

Jessie Freitas said:

You soak your cake with it to make it nice and moist.  I use a spray bottle to moisten it.  Don't over do it or your cake will turn into pudding.

 

There are bottles that are made just for soaking sponge cakes.  I know here in Canada they go for $15.00.  I like using the spray bottle, get them at the dollar stores.
$15.00...wow...that's alot....to the $store I go then...lol

Jessie Freitas said:
There are bottles that are made just for soaking sponge cakes.  I know here in Canada they go for $15.00.  I like using the spray bottle, get them at the dollar stores.

Well it is a special bottle, the cap has a bunch of holes looking like a sprinkler for your grass......LOL

It's worth it but I am just stuck on the spray bottle thing.

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