Spicy Sponge Cake Recipe

This time I want to share a sponge cake recipe with you today.

I’m currently doing a lot of recipe testing with sponge cakes and I’m loving it! I recently tried this spicy version and I just had to share it. Try it out and share what your results are please ^_^

Spicy Sponge Cake_Amari Blog Recipe
Spicy Sponge Cake

Spicy Sponge Cake Recipe


All – Purpose Flour   – 2/3 cups

Ground Cinnamon     – ½ Tablespoon

Caster Sugar               – 1/3 cup

Eggs                            – 5 pieces

Vanilla Essence          – 1 teaspoon


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C or 350°F. Grease and line an 8 inch round pan with grease-proof paper on the bottom and sides of the pan.

    Prepared round pan_Amari Blog Recipe
    Grease pan and line with grease-proof paper
  2. In a medium bowl, measure and sift the flour and cinnamon. Sift the dry ingredients again into another medium bowl; then set aside.
  3. Measure your caster sugar and place it into a small bowl, set aside.
  4. Separate your eggs; pouring the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and the yolks into a smaller bowl.

    Dry ing n Eggs_Amari Spicy sponge cake recipe
    Double sift your flour, cinnamon and separate your eggs
  5. Using an electric mixer on medium speed; beat the egg whites until they form soft white peaks. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Gradually add your caster sugar onto the egg whites mixture a table spoon at a time; beating after each addition to incorporate the sugar. (This also ensures that you will maintain the volume of the egg whites) Add the vanilla and beat for about half a minute to incorporate.This step will take about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Now add your egg yolks, one at a time, in order to maintain the volume. Beat each egg yolk into the egg white mixture thoroughly after each addition. This should take about 2 minutes and your mixture will be a nice pale yellow.

    Meringue n yolks stage_Amari sponge recipe
    Start by beating egg whites, add sugar, then yolks!
  8. Using a spatula; sift and fold in your dry ingredients into the egg & sugar mixture three separate times. Make sure you sift and fold very gently each time. At the same time, you don’t want to take too long folding; your sponge cake batter might collapse. Ensure you have incorporated the flour and cinnamon thoroughly.

    Sponge cake batter ready_Amari sponge cake recipe
    Your sponge batter is ready!
  9. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and place it in your oven; preferably in the middle rack.
  10. Bake the cake for about 20 to 25 minutes. You can also check it with a skewer or cake tester to make sure it is baked.
  11. Remove sponge cake from oven and leave to cool in pan for about 5 minutes. You can then remove the sponge from pan, peel off the grease-proof paper and set on a cooling rack to cool completely. This should take no longer than an hour.

    Baked spicy sponge cake_Amari blog recipe
    Spicy sponge cake is ready for eating – so soft and fluffy!
  12. You can then frost your cake with cream frosting and enjoy!

Bon Appetit!

We chose to frost ours with some left over non-dairy cream frosting that had been whipped up a day before and colored purple – so cute and yummy too!

Slice of spicy sponge cake_Amari blog recipe
Frosted spicy sponge cake slice = delish!


If you’re new at separating eggs; just pour the egg white of each egg into a separate bowl first; then pour it into the large bowl. This will avoid contamination of your egg whites in case any egg yolks break into the white. You must ensure that no egg yolks mix with the egg whites in the first part of mixing. The whites will not beat to capacity and required volume if this happens.

The more you sift your dry ingredients; the lighter they become and are therefore easier to fold into your sponge batter. This recipe uses triple sifted dry ingredients (flour & cinnamon); you can however choose to quadruple it as well (or sift even more ^_^)

You can choose to fill and decorate this sponge cake as you wish. You can fill it with cherry or strawberry filling and frost with fresh cream frosting or non-dairy frosting as preferred.

If you know how to bake basic cakes and feel you want to improve your cake skills, join our Intermediate Cake Making & Decoration short course. You will learn how to bake a vanilla & a chocolate sponge cake; similar to the one above. You’ll also learn how to assemble and decorate a Black & White Forrest Cake, as well as other types of cakes. To get all the details of products you’ll learn to bake, the types of icings you’ll learn and pricing of the course as well, click on this link. For dates on our next Intermediate Cake Making & Decoration baking class, click here.

If you would like to get the recipe booklet we have on various sponge cakes; click on this link for more details.

If you have any baker or bakerette friends in your network; make sure you share this recipe with them – they’ll love you for it ^_^

Published by Maureen Kamari

Amari Baking Center offers baking classes to those who want to learn how to bake. We train our students using Cookswell original charcoal ovens. We also offer basic business start-up training for those who want to start small baking businesses. We do groups vocational training anywhere in East Africa as well. We hold classes in our home-based bakery workshop located on Ndwaru road in Riruta, Nairobi; off Naivasha road, next to Pelida School. We use original Cookswell charcoal ovens to bake and train our students due to their efficiency, effectiveness and economy. They are the best option for anyone starting a small baking business on a budget.

2 thoughts on “Spicy Sponge Cake Recipe

  1. Hello, im looking for someone who can bake and deliver a cake for my husband who is at the moment at Nanyuki, you know where or who can help me out, many thanks!! Kind Regards!!

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