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Passover Cocoa Sponge Cake


55 Min.
30 Min.
Skill Level:
1 cake

This year for Passover, try making this Passover Cocoa Sponge Cake recipe for a sweet dessert that will satisfy everyone. The rich and chocolaty cake is baked in a tube pan and then sweet fruit preserves are tucked between each layer. Top the Passover Cocoa Sponge Cake recipe with our simply sweet homemade cocoa cream recipe and enjoy!  There are a lot more delicious ways to celebrate the Easter season, so dive into this Egg-cellent Easter Desserts, Candy & Craft page to get even more creative ideas.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
55 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours


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  • 7
    eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1-1/4 cups
    sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsps
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange juice
  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/4 cup
    cake meal
  • 1/4 cup
    potato starch
  • 1/2 cup
    almond, ground
  • 1 cup
    raspberry, apricot or strawberry, preserves
  • Cocoa Cream:
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup
    cold whipping cream (1/2 pt)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
mixer mixer
rubber scraper rubber scraper
serrated knife serrated knife
bowl bowl
10-inch tube pan 10-inch tube pan
heat-proof funnel heat-proof funnel
mixing bowl mixing bowl

Heat oven to 325°F.


Beat egg whites with salt in large bowl on medium speed of mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.


Beat egg yolks in medium bowl until blended. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; continue beating until thick and lemon colored, about 3 minutes. Add water and orange juice; blend well. Gradually add egg yolk mixture to egg whites, folding with rubber spatula until blended. In sieve, place cocoa, cake meal and potato starch; gradually sift over egg mixture, folding gently after each addition until blended. Fold in almonds. Spoon batter into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.


Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly near center. Immediately invert pan on heat-proof funnel or bottle. Cool completely. Carefully run knife along side of pan to loosen cake; remove from pan. With long serrated knife, split cake horizontally in thirds. Spread preserves between layers. Serve with heaping spoonful of Cocoa Cream for a dairy meal.

Cocoa Cream:

Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa in medium bowl. Add 1 cup (1/2 pt) cold whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until slightly stiffened.

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