Chocolate and Cream Swiss Roll

Chocolate Cream Roulade
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  • Total: 32 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
436 Calories
27g Fat
41g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 436
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 9g
Calcium 64mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rich, decadent, and utterly delicious are just a few of the words used to describe a Chocolate and Cream Swiss Roll. Eat the Swiss Roll as part of an Afternoon Tea or anytime you fancy a piece of cake.

Swiss Rolls are thin, square, sponge cakes covered in any variety of fillings (jam is a particular traditional Swiss Roll) then rolled to form a thick 'log' shaped cake.

Jam or jam and cream may be a favorite but other flavors can be added to the sponge with chocolate being an obvious choice as well as fresh Summer fruits.

Making a Swiss Roll isn't the easiest cake to make, but neither is the most difficult, all that is needed is time, patience and a light hand.


  • For the Swiss Roll: 
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup/150 grams caster (fine) sugar
  • 8 ounces/225 grams dark chocolate (60% or greater)
  • For the Filling: 
  • 1 1/2 cups/355 mL double (heavy) cream
  • Fresh raspberries or strawberries (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • To Serve: 
  • Optional: Fresh raspberries or strawberries or other soft fruits
  • Cocoa powder (for dusting)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this Swiss roll dessert is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Swiss Roll Batter

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 220 C/425 F/gas 7.

  3. Lightly grease and line a 9-by-13-inch Swiss Roll tin. Using a small piece of kitchen paper lightly dampened with a little vegetable oil, lightly rub the surface of the paper.

  4. Separate the egg yolk and white, reserve each in different bowls. Mix the sugar and egg yolks together in a large, roomy, baking bowl. Whisk with either an electric hand whisk or a hand whisk until a light, yet thick mixture is formed.

  5. Melt the chocolate with 4 tablespoons water in either the microwave (take care to not overcook) or over a pan of slightly simmering, boiling water making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

  6. Add the chocolate to the egg and sugar mix and stir gently.

  7. In a separate, clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until fairly stiff, they should form fairly firm peaks when the whisk is lifted from the bowl.

  8. Fold a tablespoon of the egg white through the chocolate sponge mixture, then add the remaining whisked egg whites and gently fold through.

  9. Place the sponge mix into the prepared tin, smooth very, very gently with a spatula to smooth out the surface and fill the tin taking care to not knock out any air.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Do not overcook or the sponge will become dry.

  11. Place the tin on a cooling rack and leave to cool.

Roll up the Sponge Cake

  1. Lay a large sheet of greaseproof paper onto the work surface, flip the Swiss roll tin over onto the paper and gently ease the sponge out. Peel away the paper on the sponge and tidy up any ragged edges of the cake.

  2. Whip the cream lightly, but enough that the cream will loosely hold its shape.

  3. Spread the cream evenly (and fruit if using) over the entire surface of the cake leaving a 3/4-inch margin on either of the two short sides.

  4. Using a small sharp knife cut a small incision 3/4-inch in from one of the short edges taking care not to cut right through the cake.

  5. Carefully fold this in towards the cream.

  6. Then use the paper on the work surface roll the cake away from you until a log is formed. Do not worry if cracks appear on the surface, these are part of the character of a Swiss Roll.

  7. Serve the cake dusted with cocoa powder, or icing sugar and fresh fruits as desired and enjoy with a delicious cup of tea, the chocolate Swiss Roll also can be used to make a lovely Christmas Yule Log.