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Monday, June 3, 2019

Coffee and Cream Sponge Cake

Layers of coffee infused sponge cake wrapped in a fluffy mocha whipped cream, this cake is a coffee lover's dream come true! Coffee and cream sponge cake is a grown up dessert that is sure to impress. 

close up of whole coffee and cream sponge cake on cake stand with mini chocolate chips on top


        This cake is the perfect way to end a dinner party.  It might become your birthday dessert request as well.  The sponge is laced with coffee perfection and frosted with a mocha whipped cream frosting that is going to make you want to take that next bite.  It is like enjoying your coffeehouse favorite in cake form and it really doesn't get much better than that!


     I originally posted this cake back in February of 2016 as part of a group I was in, the Cake Slice Bakers.  We were baking our way through Maida Heatter's Cakes.



      To tell you the truth, when I got the book I wasn't quite sure how I was going to like it.  There were no pictures for one and pictures are usually one of my favorite parts about cookbooks. I guess I am a bit of a kid when it comes to that.

first slice of coffee and cream sponge cake being removed from cake


      In addition to the lack of visuals, some of the recipes were multiple pages long.  The whole thing seemed a little overly complicated.

       Then I started baking and fell in love.  Some of my all time favorite bakes ended up coming from that book and I began to appreciate the lack of pictures.

        Without having a picture to imitate, I was left to my own devices to finish the cakes.  That meant I got to do it my way without feeling bad about it.  Plus then I didn't have to compare my finished results to those of a professional food stylist.

slice of layer coffee and cream sponge cake on plate with fork


        The length of the recipes turned out to be just super detailed instructions.  While some of the detail might have been overkill, it was nice to be really walked through the recipe with nothing left out.

      So that is how I found this beauty of a cake.  I made it to take to my mother-in-law's house for a dinner and we all had a love at first bite experience.

side and top view of a coffee and cream sponge cake with mini chocolate chips sprinkled on


      This cake feels grown up, it is not overly sweet or frilly.  There is the right amount of coffee in it and the soft whipped cream frosting really brings it all together.  We were all ooh-ing and ah-ing as we ate our slice.

      So I thought it was high time to give those old pictures an upgrade and share this beauty with you again.  It is definitely worth the revisit.

Making the Sponge Cake


      This was my first attempt at an actual sponge cake.  It seems fiddly, but it really isn't that hard to put together.  It does take an extra dirty bowl to whip up the egg whites, but the results are certainly worth that effort.

      Once your batter base is put together, whip the egg whites to a stiff peak. Then fold them into the rest of the batter.

bowl of coffee cake batter with egg whites being folded in

     Be sure to be gentle at this stage. You just spent the time and effort to get all of that air into the egg whites, you don't want to knock it all out.

      Just gently fold the batter over the egg whites, working your way around the bowl.  As soon as it is mostly mixed in, stop.

Making the Mocha Whipped Cream Frosting

     The soft fluffy whipped cream frosting really brings this beauty together.  Luckily it is easy to make too. 

      It has melted chocolate and coffee to add flavor.  I think the chocolate also helps add a little stability, but that may just be me.

layer of coffee sponge cake with some mocha whipped cream frosting spread on

     The result is flavorful and not too sweet.  It is the perfect thing to wrap up those coffee sponge layers.

     Don't stop there though.  Once you give this a taste you are going to want to dream up a million more things to put this mocha cloud on!

Decorating the Cake

     A cake like this doesn't need a crazy amount of decoration (or skill) to make it look nice.  You spread the frosting on smooth like in these pictures or make swoops with the whipped cream, whatever you prefer.

     It really would be fine just as is, but I like to put either chocolate shavings or some mini chocolate chips on top.  It adds just a little interest (and more chocolate!!!)


Side view of a coffee and cream sponge cake with mini chocolate chips on top on a green pedestal cake stand

     So you don't have to have a lot of frosting skills to make this look like the showstopper dessert it is.  Just a knife or spatula to spread the goodness on and let it speak for itself!

More great layer cake recipes from Maida:

  • Layers of tender white cake, lots of pineapple filling and clouds of meringue frosting come together to make Maida's Haleakala Cake.  It is another showstopper that will have everyone talking about how good it is. 
  • Take banana cake to knew heights with this star spangled banana cake. There is almost a gallon of meringue goodness on the outside of four layers of banana cake! Just imagine! 
  • Maida's carrot cake has several layers of goodness as well and a surprise ingredient or two.  My grandma said it was the best carrot cake she's ever had and she's had a few! 
two slices of coffee and cream sponge cake on plates with forks ready to eat


Below is my review of the cake after the first time I made this coffee and cream sponge cake.  I stand by it still!

    The cake had a nice coffee flavor and the spongy texture that gives it the name.  The icing was a light and airy delicious pile of slightly sweet, slightly coffee, slightly chocolate whipped cream. YUM!

    The whole thing worked so well together.  I shaved some chocolate to sprinkle on top and it was met with rave reviews.   I will definitely be making this again!


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Yield: 12 servings
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Coffee and Cream Sponge Cake

Layers of coffee infused sponge cake wrapped in a fluffy mocha whipped cream, this cake is a coffee lover's dream come true! Coffee and cream sponge cake is a grown up dessert that is sure to impress.
prep time: 35 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 60 M

ingredients:

Coffee Sponge Cake
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 tsp salt
Mocha Whipped Cream Frosting
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1 T instant coffee
  • 1 T boiling water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 T granulated sugar
  • Optional but encouraged: Chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips

instructions:

How to cook Coffee and Cream Sponge Cake

Coffee Sponge Cake
  1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F. Prepare 2 9-inch pans. I sprayed mine with baking spray (the kind with the flour in it), but you can do whatever works best for you.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  3. Dissolve coffee granules in the hot water and set aside.
  4. In you mixer bowl, beat the egg yolks, 3/4 cup of sugar until pale and thick. Turn mixer to low and stir in a couple of tablespoons of the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and coffee mixture, beating until smooth. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  5. In a separate clean bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until foamy. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until they form soft peaks.
  6. Spoon a small amount of the egg whites into the yolk mixture and fold in to lighten it. Fold in the rest of the egg whites until blended, but not any more than you have to.
  7. Spread into prepared pans.
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly touched.
  9. Cool for 2 minutes, then turn out. Continue to cool, right side up on a wire rack until completely cooled.
Mocha Whipped Cream Frosting
  1. Place your mixer bowl and beater in the refrigerator.
  2. Chop the chocolate and melt in the microwave. Start with a thirty second burst, then go in fifteen second increments stirring between each one until the chocolate is smooth.
  3. Stir the coffee granules into the water until dissolved. Pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool. 
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is close to room temperature, add a couple of tablespoons of the cream to it and stir until smooth.
  5. In the chilled bowl, whip the remaining cream, vanilla and sugar until soft peaks form. While the beater is running, add the chocolate mixture and beat until the cream is stiff enough to work as an icing. 
  6. Layer the cake and frosting, smoothing the whipped cream as you go. It is soft and billowy, so you can make it look nice as is, but chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips add a little fun. 
Calories
335.79
Fat (grams)
20.13
Sat. Fat (grams)
12.23
Carbs (grams)
37.16
Fiber (grams)
1.16
Net carbs
36.00
Sugar (grams)
27.71
Protein (grams)
4.43
Sodium (milligrams)
71.94
Cholesterol (grams)
91.46
Created using The Recipes Generator



Layers of coffee infused sponge cake wrapped in a fluffy mocha whipped cream, this cake is a coffee lover's dream come true! Coffee and cream sponge cake is a grown up dessert that is sure to impress.

Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

74 comments:

  1. That looks and sounds delicious Carlee. One on my list to definitely try.

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  2. I'm so proud of you for trying these new skills in the kitchen. I'm sorry you inherited the tendency to avoid recipes with too many steps from me. You have a inspired me to get past that.

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    1. It really is fun once you get over all of the dirty dishes. Plus it was fun to have the stand mixer and hand mixer going for the same cake batter!

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  3. This reminds me of the famous Goldie locks mocha roll!
    Nicely done it looks delicious!

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    1. I'm not sure I've head of that one, but now I am off to look it up! Thanks!

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  4. This looks awesome. Love your video! Hope you share this tomorrow at What'd You Do This Weekend? I Pinned, G+, and Yummed! I should be able to find it for the next cake occasion!

    Wishes for tásty dishes, Linda

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    1. Thank you, Lita! It was such a good cake and a great one for the people who don't like their desserts super sweet. Unfortunately I am not one of those people, but I loved the cake just the same. I will be stopping by tomorrow for sure!

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  5. Oh I am so delighted this got good reviews.. it was on my list but like you said the multiple steps.. and I was L.A.Z.Y!!! I do love a good coffee cake and I will give this one a try, I don't think I have ever had a coffee cake with cream,s o that will be new! Thanks Carlee xxx

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    1. I don't blame you, normally I would have skipped over it but I am so glad I went for it! I love when our group ends up making different cakes. I love getting to see them all because I have no imagination and there are no pictures in the book! Though I do love seeing the little differences between the cakes when people bake the same ones too.

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  6. Looks delicious! I love the Cake Slice Bakers program you're in!

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    1. It is so much fun! I love that the choices are narrowed down to each month and I am trying things I may not have otherwise! You are certainly welcome if you ever want to give it a go!

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  7. I love coffee or anything flavored with coffee - this looks absolutely delicious. :)

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  8. This sounds like heaven! I definitely need this on my table. Thank you for sharing at #overthemoon. Pinned and tweeted.

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  9. I drooled a lil' bit the first time I saw the title of this post and more when I saw your photo. It looks soooo good!
    It does sound a little more detailed on the steps, but I can tell that the payoff is there with this beautiful cake! Well done :)

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad I went for it, the results were definitely worth it!

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  10. Carlee,
    I read this cake recipe and gave it a miss...why? So many steps and I am terrified of the icing! the making of and its effect on my waistline... wait.. I have no waistline! hahaha

    I am glad you made this and yes, it is indeed fabulous looking and great addition to the dinner at your mother-in-law's!

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    1. The icing was actually really easy. I think the chocolate helped the whipped cream hold too. As to the waistline... I lost mine somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas! I am quite sure my "quality control testing" on this cake had nothing to do with it ;-)

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  11. Oh, Carlee, yum! This looks both sinful and light - is that possible!! I love the flavors, too.

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    1. It is! Isn't that crazy?! I need to make another ASAP!

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  12. Carlee, however did you end up with so much cream? I had barely any lol. I enjoyed this one too, a lovely light dessert.

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    1. It just whipped up great! I dumped the pint of cream in and let the magic happen. I think I could have eaten the whole lot of cream right out of the bowl if I hadn't already promised to bring dessert that night!

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  13. Your cake looks so professional with the shaved chocolate topping and your sponge just lovely in height and texture, too. I bet everyone at the dinner party was wowed!

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    1. We were all raving over it, that is for sure! It was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to serve.

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  14. Ooooooh this looks so good! Can I please dig in? :D

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    1. Of course! Grab a fork and help yourself ;-)

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  15. This looks divine! Thanks for sharing on our Tuesday Tips and Tricks Party!

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  16. Oh my, you have me drooling. I might be addicted to coffee, and to put it in a sponge cake?? Genius. I'd love for you to stop by and link up at our new link party, where we actually make the features! Thanks for sharing! http://uncookiecutter.com/2016/02/pineapple-cake-you-link-it-we-make-it-2/

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    1. It is hard to beat coffee and cream in cake form ;-) I will head on over, what a fun idea!

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  17. This looks so good Carlee! I showed my hub and we are both drooling over it. I promised him I'd make it this weekend so I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. Yay! I can't wait to hear how you like it! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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  18. Boy does this cake look and sound so delicious Carlee!
    Thanks for the recipe and sharing it with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  19. I love a good coffee flavored cake. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K. Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

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    1. This one is a keeper, that is for sure! Thanks!

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  20. this looks so delicious! thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  21. I totally pinned this! Sounds amazing!!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks Jess, you should definitely give it a try!

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  22. Oh that looks so delicious. Especially the icing! I don't like drinking coffee but I love coffee flavoured cake, but it is not something I have very often.

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    1. It is soooo good. But I live on coffee, I'm not sure how a morning would go without it!

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  23. We featured this cake recipe at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Thanks and we hope to see you again!

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  24. Girl, I've been in a comfort food mood and for me coffee and chocolate are a hands down mood lifter. This cake looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I've only ever made a sponge cake once and it was light and fluffy I loved it. Now I'm really really hungry, or should I say hangry for some coffee and chocolate. Pinned this one was definitely a winner!

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    1. Thank you so much! I had never made a cake quite like this one and it was definitely worth it! I can't wait to make another one, I am sure my grandma will LOOOOOVE it too so I need to make one for her!

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  25. Thanks so much for linking up at You Link It, We Make it this week! I didn't get a chance to make it (yet, but oh I will), but I am featuring you as one of my additional features! Shoot me an email at uncookiecutter@gmail.com and let me know the email you use for Pinterest and I'll invite you to our group party board. Hope to see you back in the morning to party :).

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    1. I hope you love it when you do! I'll email you shortly, thanks!

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  26. Gorgeous cake, Carlee! Thanks so much for linking up at the You Link It, We Make it party and we hope to see you again!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to make (and even better to eat!)

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  27. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great day and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  28. Pinned. This is on my to-do list. I have made coffee-flavor desserts before and they are always a hit. Now another way to present a great flavor.

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    1. Thank you! I love coffee, but don't make many desserts where coffee is the star. I need to expand my repertoire!

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  29. This looks perfect for a mothers day luncheon! Thank you for sharing it with us over at Country Fair Blog Party! I will be using this one for sure! Jan @ Tip Garden

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    1. Thank you! It is in my short list to make this Mother's Day. I know my grandma would love it!

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  30. I want a BIG slice with my coffee this morning. Looks absolutely delightful!

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    1. I wish I could share a slice with you, Andrea!

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  31. This looks incredible! I looooove coffee in desserts. Like, LOVE. Save a big slice for me, kay? :)

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    1. Sure thing, I'll have a slice waiting for you!

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  32. This cake sounds amazing! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much, we certainly enjoyed it!

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  33. Toni | Boulder LocavoreJune 6, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    I wish I could grab a slice right now!

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  34. This looks amazing! I've got to try it.

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  35. This is a beautiful cake that I know we will love! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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