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Easy Dalgona Layer Cake

Have you tried the latest coffee trend? Or even noticed? Of course, I’m talking about Whipped Coffee or also called Dalgona Coffee! Instant coffee, sugar and hot water are stirred in equal parts until a firm foam is created. This can take up to 20 minutes… But the result is impressive. I especially love the consistency of this drink. The pure taste is way too intense. So it’s best to put a spoon of it on a glass of cold milk and you get a great iced coffee, or you can make a cake out of it!

My first try of a Dalgona cake is a simple layer cake made of chocolate sponge cake and a Dalgona butter cream.

dalgona layer cake

For those who love the aroma of coffee, this cake is perfect! The quark and the bitter note of the coffee makes the cake not too sweet.

To stack the cakes I prefer to use a cake ring and leave the cake “naked”. I love it when you can see the different layers and I never cover my cakes with fondant anyway. 😉

Dalgona chocolate layer cake


  • 16cm (6-inch) cake pan


for the cake

  • 6 eggs
  • 180 g sugar
  • 160 g flour plain or cake
  • 60 g corn starch
  • 40 g cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 40 g melted butter

for the butter cream

  • 3 tbsp instant coffee
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp boiling water
  • 200 g butter roomtemperature
  • 100 g quark


for the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  • For the sponge cake, first whip the eggs and sugar with 25ml of water until foamy.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients and mix them in.
  • Then fold in the melted butter.
  • Line the bottom of the baking pan with baking paper and grease the edges. Put the dough into the form and bake for about 35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Take the sponge out of the tin and let it cool down well.

for the buttercream

  • Dissolve instant coffee and sugar in hot water and beat the mixture with a food processor for about 20 minutes until stiff.
  • Whip the butter with a whisk until foamy. Then stir in the quark.
  • Stir a tablespoonful at the time of the coffee into the butter mixture until the desired flavour intensity is achieved.
  • Divide the sponge cake into three layers and fill with the butter cream.
What is Quark?

Quark is a type of fresh dairy product made by warming soured milk until the desired amount of curdling is met, and then straining it. It is traditional in the cuisines of German-speaking, Dutch-speaking, Slavic, and Scandinavian countries.

Where do I find Quark outside of Germany/Europe?

I’ve had trouble finding Quark outside of Germany. To the best of my knowledge, ALDI carries quark in the US and UK. Other big supermarkets sometimes sell their own brand of quark as well.

How can I replace Quark?

In this recipe you can simply omit the Quark. You could also use cream cheese or mascarpone.

If a layer cake is too elaborate for you, I have something for you in the next post! The recipe for the brownies with Dalgona topping will be online soon!


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