This post was originally posted on From Cass with Love on 11 March 2012
Swiss rolls are fun to make, once you get the hang of them. I’m almosttt there, getting it. I think :p Now if only I can figure out if there’s something wrong with my cakes, with them shrinking and not being fluffy enough. There will be more experiments lined up!
In Singapore, almost every bakery sell swiss rolls. They come in many colours, though the most common are red (strawberry), green (pandan), brown (chocolate or coffee), and yellow, the good old plain vanilla. They usually come filled with buttercream. Some are plain on the outside, others are rolled with sugar, sugar rolls, and then there are others rolled with a variety of things like chopped nuts, dessicated coconut, chocolate sprinkles, and so on.
I tried out two recipes today, with two different techniques. Both turned out tasty, despite my not quite up to par swiss roll skills haha!
The first is a vanilla swiss roll from Corner Cafe, adapted from Alex Goh’s Japanese cotton soft spongecake. It uses a Japanese technique of using a roux, cooking the flour – this supposedly makes the cakes softer as it prevents gluten formation. The eggs are also beaten separately.
I’m not an expert at swiss rolls, but here’s a tip to keep your cakes moist and crack free. After removing your cake from the oven, leave it to cool in the pan for about a min. After that, immediately flip it over onto a towel and peel off the parchment paper at the bottom. Leave to cool about 5 mins. Trim the sides of the swiss roll. Using the towel, roll your cake into a log and keep it covered as it cools –
If you leave the cake to cool completely before rolling, it’ll end up cracking!
Once the cake has cooled down in the towel, unroll in and spread your buttercream, and roll it up –
I filled both cakes with my favourite swiss meringue buttercream, adapted from Tish Boyle, shared below. For the pandan swiss roll, I added desiccated coconut to compliment the pandan 😉
Recipe adapted from Tish Boye The Cake Book
- 200g egg whites
- 150g sugar
- 350g unsalted butter, room temperature
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
1. Whisk the egg whites and sugar over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat once it reaches 71°C (or until the sugar has all melted).
2. Remove from heat and continue beating the egg whites until it reaches stiff peaks.
3. Slowly beat in butter, one tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. If at any stage it starts to curdle, don't worry, just continue beating and it will all come together in the end.
4.Add in the vanilla.
5. Take a spoon and eat. I mean, frost your cakes. If not using immediately, store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 6 days.
Have fun rolling your cakes! If you have any favourite swiss roll recipes to share, please send them my way! 😉