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Spiced Trinidad Sponge Cake Recipe

This Trinidad sponge cake recipe is a little heavy-handed on the spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and tonka bean. The spices give the cake such a tasty, memorable flavor that friends and family will ask for more.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cake, sponge cake
Servings: 8
Author: Ros


  • Cake mixer


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter (unsalted, softened)
  • 4 eggs
  • tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated)
  • ½ tsp tonka bean (grated)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla or lemon essence


  • Preheat oven at 350°F.
  • Butter and flour your cake pan.
  • Cream softened butter and sugar together.
  • Add one egg and incorporate fully.
  • Continue adding one egg at a time until the batter becomes light and fluffy.
  • Mix in lemon juice and zest.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Add half of the flour and half of the milk to the batter.
  • Mix slowly until no dry flour is evident.
  • Then mix faster to ensure there are no flour pockets and the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Include the remaining flour and milk.
  • Add the essence.
  • Pour the batter into your greased cake pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  • Remove from the oven and check the center of the cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. If not, continue baking for another 10 minutes.
  • Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Serve as a dessert alongside ice cream, fruit cake and more.


  • You can use lemon, lime or orange juice and zest.
  • Essence like vanilla, lemon, anise, or almond can be used.