Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jelly roll

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After my 2 ambitious and failed experiments, I decided to make something simple. And this is probably that last of my summer berry-licous posts! This time it is blackberries that I used. As usual, it can be replaced with any berry, even a frozen one. In fact, any kind of fruit preserve goes great here as well. A Jelly roll, also known as a 'Swiss Roll' or just a Roulade. Even though it is called a Swiss Roll, it isn't really a cake that originated in Switzerland - just happens to be one of those things where adding the word 'Swiss' would imply quality, precision and elegance. Not sure why we need them for a recipe as simple and quick as this!

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the cake tin by lining it with aluminium foil and grease it with oil/butter/cooking spray. Use a larger than usual cake tin for this recipe. I used a cookie sheet because this cake needs to be thin and long.

Here is how I made it. You need
3 eggs
1/3 cup water
3/4 cups flour
powdered sugar
1 cup blackberries.
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar + 2 tablespoon for making the jelly (As usual, you may want to increase the sugar to 3/4 cup. I don't like it to be overly sweet.)
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (Or vanilla extract if you have)
1 teaspoon baking powder

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Take a large bowl and begin adding the ingredients. First crack the eggs, and beat them so they are light and airy. Add in the sugar and continue beating. Now add the water and vanilla. Now slowly add in the sifted flour, salt and baking powder. Continue beating. Once it is all mixed in, pour it into your prepared cake tin. Bake for about 15 minutes. Once done, take it out of the oven. While still hot, take the cake out of the tin, and roll it up. I used a kitchen towel to hold the cake as I couldn't handle the hot cake. Once rolled, allow it cool for about 10 mins.
Prepare your jelly filling. Wash the blackberries, and add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Use a muddler to crush the blackberries until they are reach a slight jelly consistency and are spreadable.
Unroll the cake, spread your jelly evenly, and roll the cake again. Sprinkle some powdered sugar, and enjoy!


  1. Thats really a mouthwatering and yummy one.. perfect roll.

  2. Terrific.. it looks so perfect and yummmmmmm :) The recipe sounds simple but baking a cake is always a difficult thing for me. :( anyways will surely give it a try. I hope I can use berry jam directly for the roll :)

  3. I am drooling over my monitor..fantastic dear!

  4. wow..i luv swiss roll...its a surprise pack when u have it in mouth..luk delicious with blue berry

  5. That looks gorgeous....look so perfect.

  6. So pretty! Delicious with blackberry filling!



  7. Umm Yummy rolls. Irressistable!
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  8. Very tasty indeed!
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  9. Looks very tempting....delicious and yummy.

  10. Lovely swiss roll I wish I could have a slice. :-)

  11. looking yummy!
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  12. ohh what a delectable jelly roll, It would go so well with a nice cup of tea

  13. These cakes are so fun to make, and people are always impressed no matter how simple it is. :)

  14. oh, this looks perfect!
    i've just done my lunch, now craving for dessert!

  15. Oh! thats one brillaint pic. They look so tempting lady!

  16. Ooooh, this looks incredible! Just lovely. :)

  17. oh my, i have died and gone to heaven. and i didnt even eat any!!

    that looks sooo good.

    yummy looking!

  18. Hello :)

    your jelly roll looks so yummy, perfect with a cup of coffee! :)

  19. Jelly roll looks delicious. I make them with lemon curd.

  20. Wow Too Good....I wish This Jelly Rolls in to my Mouth:-)