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Mocha and Chocolate Victoria Sponge

The adult flavours of Mocha and Chocolate in a sponge

The adult flavours of Mocha and Chocolate in a sponge

Coffee and Chocolate in this Classic Sponge

Nothing beats a classic Victoria sponge cake, it's a timeless and easy traditional sponge recipe. But how about a Coffee and Chocolate sponge?

The Victoria Sponge cake is named after Queen Victoria, apparently she liked a little slice with her afternoon tea. I do too..

Make a classic sponge with these adult flavours. It's the simplest of sponge cake recipes, quick to make and fit for a Queen!


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup caster - superfine - sugar
  • 1 and1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tblespoon strong black coffee
  • 1 Tblespoon unsweetened cocoa powder mixed in 2 Tblespoons boiling water


  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well aftter you add each egg
  3. Fold in the flour
  4. Now divide the mixture into 2 bowls. Pour the coffee mixture into one bowl and the cocoa mixture into the other bowl
  5. Take 2 shallow round cake baking tins, Grease and line.
  6. Heat the oven to 180C - 350F
  7. Pour the coffee cake mixture into one baking tin and pour the cocoa cake mixture into the other
  8. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
  9. Turn out on a wire rack to cool

Recipe for the Coffee Buttercream icing

When the cakes are cooked and cooled, prepare the buttercream

How to Cream Butter and Sugar


  • 150 g or 10 Tblespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 and 1/2 cup;s icing sugar


  1. Dissolve the instant coffee power in the milk
  2. B eat the butter until soft
  3. Gradually beat in the other ingredients to a smooth paste
  4. Divide the buttercream into three. You don't have to pour it into other bowls, use your judgement
  5. Sandwich the cakes together with one third of the buttercream
  6. Cover the top with one third
  7. Cover the sides with one third

Failsafe Baking

My daughter often has trouble baking cakes - she uses the wrong tins.

Using the wrong tins is probably the cause of 90 per cent of failures - this recipe calls for two 20cm (8 inch) diameter sponge tins, lightly greased and lined with a circle of baking parchment, also lightly greased.

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Mocha Buttercream Video Demonstration

Make a Pretty Pink Cake

Not red this time, but pink. Every little girl I know has been thrilled with this.
Instead of using food dyes and colouring, the cake is transformed into a pink masterpiece with jelly crystals (jello). I've heard of cakes made with a pink lemonade mix but I'm not even sure where to buy the mix. Jelly crystals do the job beautifully

The Sponge and you

What’s Cooking in My Kitchen?
I'm happy to spend time in my kitchen. I have good appliances, a trusty gas cooker, sharp knives and lots of light. I keep my pantry stocked with the basics and buy my fresh foods from Queen Victoria Market. The fish is straight from the sea on Tuesda...

© 2012 Susanna Duffy

Leave a Comment for the Cook

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on July 14, 2014:

It looks so tasty, but since I don't drink coffee, I'm not sure I'll like it. Just a tiny slice for me, please.

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Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 14, 2014:

What time is 'Tea'? I'll be over for a slice of this delicious sounding sweet. You said the magic word -- 'chocolate'. :) Yum!

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on May 27, 2014:

That looks hard to resist!

mariacarbonara on August 08, 2013:

Im not keen on coffee flavored sweets but you do make a nice looking sponge cake so im tempted

Miska29 on May 14, 2012:

Mmm. i'm so hungry... :)

Camden1 on May 01, 2012:

Oh, this sounds and looks simply divine! Chocolate and coffee are always a winning combination.

KatherineWakefield on March 17, 2012:

mmmmmm yum yum!

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on February 15, 2012:

Oh, my mouth watered from the opening picture.

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on February 15, 2012:

Congratulations for making it on the DELICIOUS Valentines Recipe board! Well deserved! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and yummy lens!

Rom from Australia on February 04, 2012:

yummm! mocha...can't go wrong! Thanks, I am definitely going to try this!

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on February 01, 2012:

Can't beat the old fashioned sponge cake with rich creamy icing.


Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on February 01, 2012:

I learnt to make a Victoria sandwich cake, as we called it, when I was at school in our Domestic Science lessons. It's remained a favourite and I love this variation of it.

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