White chocolate sponge cake

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”- Charles R. Swindle.

I keep saying I am not the biggest fan of white chocolate yet it consistently features on my blog ! No, it’s not culinary hypocrisy. I am just warming up to it.

This is a simple cake . Its a recipe by Elinor Klivans. It’s almost like a hot milk sponge with some white chocolate added in. The white chocolate lends a richness and beautiful mouth-feel to a plain vanilla cake. Making it great enough to eat on its own.

You know the most common word to describe cakes has to be moist. I am guilty of this too. Although a moist cake (especially a chocolate one) is a pleasure to eat, all cakes are not made equal and not all good cakes need to be moist.

This cake is NOT moist . It is fluffy , it is soft , it is delicious. It would make a great tea time cake .Add in some chips or nuts or swirls if plain is not your style . I have sliced it into three and filled and frosted it into a glorious layer cake. But if I want to add some easy oomph , I just sandwich two halves of the cake with some vibrant fruit curd (or jam) and dust the tops with some icing sugar. Almost Victorian like. And quite instant elegance.

White chocolate sponge cake
Simple , light white chocolate sponge cake
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  1. 3 eggs
  2. 200 grams or 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 170 grams or 3/4 cup chopped white chocolate
  5. 180 ml or ¾ cup milk
  6. 85 grams or 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  7. 190 grams or 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  8. 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  9. ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 160 ℃ or 325 ℃ . Grease an 8 inch square pan with butter , dust with flour and line the bottom with parchment .
  2. In a saucepan , heat chopped chocolate , cubed butter and milk together until the chocolate n butter have melted. Keep warm.
  3. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder . Keep aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer or whisk, whip the eggs with the sugar and vanilla until triple in volume and pale in colour . If you lift your beater or whisk and draw an eight on the top of the batter , you should be able to see the whole 8 before it disappears.
  5. Add the flour mixture and beat on low until combined.
  6. Add the chocolate-butter-milk mixture and beat until smooth.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan .
  8. Bake for 45 to 48 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out dry. The top will be golden brown and edges will be coming away from the sides.
  9. Cool in pan for ten minutes and gently unmould. Cool completely.
  1. This cake can be stored in an airtight container for 2 or 3 days. Refrigeration makes it a little dry.
  2. Couverture or compound chocolate both work fine but couverture lends a better flavour.
  3. Make sure your pan is atleast 2.5 inches high.
  4. This cake might be too sweet for some people , especially depending on what chocolate you use and if you are frosting it. Consider reducing the sugar by 1/4 cup or so if you don't want it too sweet.

It may seem simple, but this cake is really good! And I almost fell in love with that crumb!

Speaking of love, what are your plans for the romantic holiday coming up? I am not a very Valentine-sy person per se, but I would use any reason to celebrate. If you are looking for easy ways to sweeten it up , do have a look at some options for V-day desserts that wouldn’t take up most of your day! And if you are single , all the better for you – you don’t need to share! 


    • Hi Maria..my favourites are callebaut , Cocoacraft , Mii which are available online. Among compound chocolate , vanleer and morde which I have found in baking shops ..

  1. Hi dear
    I love all your recipes, they always turn out wonderful
    Wanna try this one tomorrow, could I ask something.. do I have to use the electric beater till the end or I m supposed to use cut and fold method while mixing flour and chocolate mix.
    I mean electric beater in the same bowl is always easier, so enquiring about it.

    Thanx a lot for the recipe

    • Hi Bharti… you can continue using the mixer. Beat the flour until smooth and then the chocolate mix until smooth. It will be a thin batter. Like you said, it IS easier 🙂

  2. Hi Akshatha
    My chocolate block is only 150 Gms, don’t have anymore at home.
    Do u think those 20gms less will matter??
    Or can I go ahead with the recipe
    Thanx in advance yaar

  3. I just tried it Akshatha
    By mistake, had forgotten to put the whole of sugar mentioned in the recipe, realised it while winding up my kitchen..
    But probably my chocolate block was sweet enough, so the end result is a nice smelling, spongy cake.

    Thanx a lot for the recipe Akshatha
    Can u suggest me just one thing, I wanna frost it to make it fancy, which frosting u think will go with it


  4. Hi Akshatha
    I had posted a comment earlier. I can’t see it any more, probably bcoz of so e technical error.
    The cake came out excellent.
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Hi Hamida. I haven’t tried adding regular Chocolate and don’t think it will work either. You could give it a try. Or you could try the hot milk sponge cake recipe on the blog. It is similar to this cake but without the chocolate..

    • Hi Preethi.. if you like your cakes super moist , you can soak it. But The flavour is good enough to be used without soaking too.

    • Hi Sonali.. Sorry, I have not tried this recipe without eggs . But some bakers have used hung curd instead and had success. If you try any substitutes , do let me know!

  5. Thanks for recipe mam. One problem… I couldn’t get the desired consistency of eggs… Even though after beating for long…. I beated on high power initially.. Then on no 4… Then on no. 3. Still that 8 no test was not possible. What cud be the reason.

    • Hi Smita .. did your eggs become pale and fluffy atleast ? Depending on the speed of your mixer , it may take 10 minutes or longer for the eggs to reach this stage. Also , make sure the eggs are at room temperature . In case , you don’t get the 8 stage , just beat till light – because in this cake, there is some loss of volume when you add the hot milk and chocolate mixture anyways.

    • Hi… You could half the recipe or make the full recipe and bake some of the batter in a smaller pan or cupcake moulds. If u have parchment , you can line the side of your pan with parchment that is higher than the sides. The batter should be filling the pan about 3/4ths of the way.. hope this helps . Happy baking !

    • Hi Acchu… I dont work with fondant , but it is a sturdy cake and others wrote in to me that they have ganached it and used it under fondant and in tiers . So hope that helps you 🙂

  6. Hi Akshata,have always been a fan of your recepies! Well I want to try your white chocolate cake recepie for my husband’s potluck in office in the form of cupcakes,need your advice if it will still be good in cuppies form and also which frosting goes with it? I have some self raising flour can I use in the above recepie? If yes how and plz give me the proportions. Thanks a ton.. looking forward for your response !

    • Hi Pratyusha.. thanks so much ! Yes, u can make these as cupcakes. Any Buttercream especially fruity like mango, strawberry or lime could go well with this but I really like dark ganache with it. As for the flour, since most brands have about one tsp baking powder for each cup flour , you can use 1 1/2 cups of self raising flour . Spoon it into the measuring cup and level the top with a knife to avoid over measuring. Skip the baking powder n salt. Let me know of the results !

  7. Hi…i tried this cake today… Loved the texture and taste.. I reduced the sugar to 170gms.. That was the only change I made. Frosted with ganache and tasted yummy. Thanks for the recipe… Definitely this is a keeper. Keep up with the good work.

    • Thanks a ton Andrea… For trying the cake and for sharing the feedback. I am infact putting in a note about the sugar in the recipe as several people seem to prefer it with less!

  8. As my kid is not fond of chocolate cake tried this one today and turned out great. She liked it a lot.Thanks for a
    Yummy recipes Akshatha. Love ur blog.

    • Hi Ambika! Yes , 8 inch round pan will give u a high cake.. do consider baking at a lower temperature so that the edges don’t crust too much before centre cooks !

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