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Jam Roll / Swiss Roll - One of the best Rolls

There are many names for this “easy-to-make-perfection-recipe“:  Swiss roll, Swiss log, cream roll, jam roll, jelly roll, roll cake, roulade,  and many more…

Typically it is a rolled sponge cake filled with either, cream, jam, caramel, or a combination of all.  It all depends on how decadent you want to be.

Although it is called a ‘Swiss roll’ the origin of this recipe is believed to be in  Austria and not in Switzerland as you might think.  (This is according to Wikipedia.)

Swiss Roll recipe Easy

PREP TIME: 15 mins

BAKING TIME: 20 mins



Sweet Stuff!

  • 4 Eggs
  • 165 ml Castor Sugar
  • 50 ml Coldwater
  • 200 ml Self-raising flour
  • 2 ml Salt
  • Separate the eggs into different mixing bowls.
  • Bowl 1:  Beat the egg yolks and sugar until creamy.
  • Bowl 2:  Beat the egg whites until stiff.
  • Now carefully fold them into the egg yolk mixture together with the flour.
  • Spread the mixture onto a well-greased 23 x 32 cm baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
Taking your swiss roll out of the oven:
  • While it is baking, sprinkle a clean, dampened tea towel with caster sugar.
  • As you take the roll from the oven, turn the cake out onto the tea towel.
  • Roll it up, gently, and leave, covered for a few minutes, until it has cooled down.

Now it is ready to open again, spread with your favorite toppings, and then roll it up again. Should you decide to decorate the roll with icing or a spread on top, I would recommend that you don’t add the sugar to the tea towel but still use the tea towel to make it easy to roll.

Remember it rolls easier when warm.  So work quickly.

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When it comes to toppings...

You have many options.

Swiss roll Jam roll fillings

Swiss Roll / Jam Roll / Cream Roll / Caramel Roll / if all depends on what you love.

You can fill the roll with:
  • Cream
  • Jam (apricot or strawberry jam is always favorites to use)
  • Caramel
  • Jam and cream combination
  • Cream and caramel combination
  • Chocolate and cream
  • Nutella …

The top of the roll can be decorated with icing, or just leave it with the castor sugar on top.  You can even decorate with summer fruit to make a beautiful summer dessert.  Or melted chocolate and nuts – my favorite…

Tips from the Chef

A fabulous party trick is to add a few drops of food coloring to your dough mix and make a few interesting creations.  

For a Swiss Chocolate and Coffee roll:  Add 25ml cocoa and 3 ml instant coffee to the dry ingredients.  Decorate with chocolate, cream, and sprinkle with peppermint crisp.

To make it easier to spread the jam, pre-heat the jam in the microwave only for a few seconds.

Always make sure the cake is cooled before you spread the filling.

Chef at Home