Joshua John Russell's Coffee Sponge Cake


We'll take coffee any way we can get it, including this sweetly simple, flavor-infused sponge cake. Man About Cake's Joshua John Russell created this unusual recipe specifically with coffee lovers in mind.

Coffee Sponge Cake

Yield: Makes two 10-inch round cakes


  • 2 cups (454 g) butter
  • 3½ cups (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (480 ml) whole milk
  • 4 cups (800 g) all-purpose flour
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 8 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons King Arthur Flour Espresso Powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. For convection baking, preheat to 325 F.

2. In a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, espresso powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

3. In a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment, whip the egg whites on high for about 1 minute, until frothy.

4. With the mixer still on high speed, sprinkle ½ cup of the sugar slowly into the whipped egg whites. Continue to whip until full peaks are achieved, about 5 minutes. Set the whipped egg whites aside.

5. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and the remaining 3 cups of sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

6. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add the yolks a bit at a time, allowing them to blend in fully before the next addition. Scrape the bowl.

7. Combine the vanilla and milk. Then add about ⅓ of the milk mixture to the bowl, and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl and repeat two more times until all ingredients are fully blended.

8. Take the bowl off of the stand mixer and fold in the whipped egg whites a little at a time by hand.

9. Divide the batter into prepared pans and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. When fully baked, cakes should be done to the touch and a cake tester inserted into the cake should come out clean.

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