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An Italian chocolate sponge cake has only four ingredients: eggs, sugar, flour and cocoa powder. Vanilla can be added to enhance the chocolate flavour. The beauty of this cake is that it has no fat, no dairy, and no leavening agents. Stiffly beaten egg whites make this cake airy, soft, and spongy.

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Servings: 10-12 Servings


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  • 6 eggs at room temperature, separated
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 7/8 cups (100 g) of cake flour (measure 1 cup of flour and remove 2 levelled tablespoons)
  • 6 tbsp (40 g) cocoa powder (Dutch-processed or unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 pkg vanilla sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C) and line the bottom of a large springform pan with wax or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed with an electric hand mixer, until stiff. Then slowly add half the sugar and beat a minute longer.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the egg yolks and sugar until thick, creamy and pale in colour. You can also add the vanilla, if using. Gently fold into the egg white mixture.
  4. Using a hand whisk, stir together flour and cocoa powder in a smaller bowl, until well combined. If you wish, you can sift the two together. Fold a third of the flour/cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, fold another third, and fold in the remaining third.
  5. Pour into prepared springform pan and spread batter to the edges.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely in the pan and then run a sharp knife along the sides to loosen up the cake.
  8. Fill and frost as desired. If not using immediately, then keep the cake in the pan, cover with aluminum foil, put it in a plastic bag, and store in the refrigerator up to several days, until ready to use. The cake can also be frozen.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 61g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 172  
Calories from Fat 27 16%
Total Fat 3.03g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.83g 3%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Potassium 49mg 1%
Total Carbs 31.41g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 20.28g 14%
Protein 4.9g 8%
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