Chocolate Cherry Swiss Roll

I have inadvertently made this week into swiss roll week.

It all started when I was mulling over what to make this weekend. It was Wednesday and I thought that seen as how I teased you with these photos the other week, I should really post one of them or before we know it we will all be ankle-deep in Christmas preparations and our thoughts will be elsewhere.

Going off on a slight tangent here (but I will come back, I promise), Great British Bake Off returned to our screens last week. I had absolutely no intention of doing any sort of bake-along or baking tie-in, but . . . when I saw that the signature challenge for the first episode was swiss rolls, well . . . one of those sneaky peak photos was a swiss roll. Hey, I could do a bake-along!

Hang on a minute, I said to myself, I thought we weren’t going to do that?

Well, maybe I’ve been a bit hasty. Maybe it would be fun. Besides, we can show those stuffy old GBBO producers / researchers that gluten-free baking can be just as yummy as that which contains gluten and maybe they shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it. I can make gluten-free versions of the things that they make on the show.

So the long and short of it is that I’m doing a bake-along.

This may be a bad idea. Only time will tell.

Having made the decision that one of this weeks recipes would be the aforementioned swiss roll, I moved on to thinking about what else to make. And ran head first into another conundrum.

Whilst watching GBBO I had an idea for another swiss roll. An idea I wanted to make really badly. Could I possibly post two swiss roll recipes in one week? If I decided to post only one, which one would I chose? Maybe the new idea wouldn’t work, which would get rid of the conundrum altogether, but if it does (and I was fairly sure it would), what then?

Hence, it is officially swiss roll week on the blog and you are getting two recipes. Hope that is okay.

If it’s not, well, what can I say? Close your eyes and come back next week.

I’ll miss you though.

This first recipe is about as simple as it gets.

Chocolate Cherry Roulade 2 - The Pink Rose Bakery

Chocolate sponge, cream and cherries. All rolled together and dusted with icing sugar.

Not a whiff of butter, oil or flour in sight (we have the great oracle that is Delia Smith to thank for that).

To tell you the truth I spread mine with some left-over cream cheese frosting that was lurking in the back of the fridge and needed to be used up. But if you don’t have any loitering cream cheese frosting then whipped cream is a perfect substitute – and to be honest the most common filling for this swiss roll in my house – which is why I have given you the quantity for it in the ingredients below. If you wanted to get really fancy you could throw a layer of chocolate ganche in there too. It’s entirely up to you.

Chocolate Cherry Roulade 1 - The Pink Rose Bakery copy

Chocolate Cherry Swiss Roll

  • Servings: 4 - 6 people
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  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 110ml double cream, whipped (or an equivalent volume of cream cheese frosting)
  • couple of handfuls of cherries, stones removed


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 Celsius / 160 Fan / 350 Fahrenheit. Line a shallow tin (13.5 inches x 9.5 inches approx. ) with non-stick baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until pale and thickened slightly.
  4. Add the cocoa powder and mix together.
  5. Carefully fold the egg whites into the yolk / cocoa mixture a third at a time, making sure each addition is incorporated before adding the next.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading the mixture so that it is as even as possible.
  7. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until firm to the touch and the sponge springs back when pressed gently.
  8. Leave to cool completely in the tin.
  9. Whilst the sponge is cooling, whip the cream and prepared the cherries (if you haven’t already done so).
  10. Once the sponge has cooled place it upside down onto a new piece of baking parchment and carefully remove the original layer of parchment. This can be a delicate procedure.
  11. Spread the whipped cream over the sponge and scatter the cherries.
  12. Using the baking parchment to help you, gently roll the sponge up. I like to roll it length-ways but if you prefer you can roll it width-ways.
  13. Dust with icing sugar and keep refrigerated until serving.

Β© The Pink Rose Bakery 2014


10 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Swiss Roll”

  1. Yum. This sounds and looks utterly fabulous and I want it right now!!
    This year we’ve managed to find a way to get Iplayer so finally I have an easy way to watch the bake off! At least for two more weeks anyway πŸ™‚


  2. Since this recipe contains all our favourite food groups, and there was a slight whimpering noise from the other side of the bed when I read the recipe out, it will probably be getting made… I never could manage the tidy roll up in school cookery classes, and I don’t suppose it’s any easier with a GF roll, but I’ll see how I get on.


    1. I found this one to be surprisingly co-operative! So was the one coming up on Thursday. I don’t know if it is to do with the warm weather so that when it has cooled it is still not completely cold or whether it is just a compliant swiss roll!


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