This fluffy and mildly sweet Swiss roll is my childhood favorite. There weren’t too many choices back then, the most common ones were only chocolate, orange and plain. The filling can be cream, butter cream, jam, red bean, etc. (you basically can put in anything you want), but I found that the whipped cream makes the best combination. Besides this regular Swiss roll, I like the mocha, as well as the Matcha flavor (Matcha Swiss Roll recipe here).
I made this roll a few times, the first being a disaster. The cake turned out really good; however, cracks were all over when I rolled it. That cake was still tasty but it was just not presentable. After making this cake a few times, I got a few tips — (i) do not over bake the cake, baking time between 10-13 minutes is the best; (ii) when whipping the egg whites, beat until soft peaks form (not stiff peaks form); (iii) cake pan cannot be too small, it’s harder to roll it up if it’s too thick; and (iv) pre-roll the cake while it’s still warm and flexible before applying the filling. The size of my pan is 9″ x 13″, a slight bigger pan still will work but the cake will be thinner.
|1 Cup||Heavy whipping cream|
|1 Tbsp||Powdered sugar|
|1 Tbsp||Vanilla instant pudding|
- Preheat oven to 338°F (170°C). Line bottom of a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper.
- Separate the egg yolks and egg whites into two bowls.
- In a large bowl, add salt to egg yolks and mix well. Add in 35g of sugar, beat until thick and lemon colored. (Pictures 1-3)
- In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy, gradually add sugar and beat until soft peaks form. (Pictures 4 and 5)
- Pour the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites and gently fold to combine with a spatula. (Picture 6)
- Sift the flour into the egg mixture and gently fold to combine. (Pictures 7 and 8)
- Combine oil and milk in a bowl. Measure out 80g of the egg batter and add it into the oil and milk container, mix until combined. (Pictures 9 and 10)
- Pour the oil mixture into the egg batter, gently fold to combine. (Picture 12)
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread the batter evenly and tap the pan several times. This will remove air bubbles inside the batter. (Picture 13)
- Bake for about 13 minutes, remove the cake from the pan as soon as it is ready. Allow it to cool for about 10 mins. (Picture 14)
- Put a piece of parchment paper on top of the cake (you may want to lightly spray the parchment paper with oil to prevent the skin from sticking), and flip the pan over (now the bottom is on top). Peel away the original parchment paper from the bottom of the cake. (Picture 15)
- Trim the top and bottom edges. Also hold the knife at a 30 degree angle and trim the right and left edges. (Pictures 16 and 17)
- Using a knife to score 2 lines along the cake from the right edge, careful not to cut all the way into the cake. (Picture 18) Note: optional – you can pre-roll the cake on the parchment paper now and let it cool completely, about 20 mins.
- Spread an even layer of whipped cream over the cake. (Picture 19)
- Tightly roll the cake from the right side toward the left side (see arrows from picture 20 below).
- Secure the roll by putting a tape on or twisting the parchment paper at both ends. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. (Picture 21)
How to make the filling:
- Prepare the filling by whisking the cold whipping cream, add in 1 Tbsp of powdered sugar and whip until the cream starts to get thicker. (Picture A)
- Add 1 Tbsp of vanilla instant pudding. (Picture B)
- Whip until stiff peaks form. (Picture C)
The outside of the cake can be decorated with a layer of ganache or sprinkled powdered sugar on top. The Chinese version is usually light and less sweet, as it tastes good without any toppings. Perhaps when there are cracks all over the cake, a layer of ganache can hide them.