I made this for my friend's birthday cos she loves coffee and chocolate. Its not too hard but it helps if you've made a butter cake before - but then again - you gotta start somewhere!
The more cocoa you add, the more self raising flour you lose, so if your cakes start to get a bit solid, add a teaspoon of baking powder in to give it a lift.
I'd never made a sponge before, and the first one of this I made came out really dense. It was only after I spoke with my gran that I found out that a sponge needs equal weights of butter, sugar, flour AND egg that I thought to weigh the egg before I added it to the mix ... and that everything needs to be aerated. Apart from that, it's a fairly easy recipe. - 11 Apr 2012
Altered ingredient amounts. it dosnt tell you how many eggs to use so i used 2 - 18 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)
Lovely- my first time makin a sponge in years and didnt have an eletric mixer! Made it by hand and it still came out beautiful. - 29 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)