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Chocolate Swiss Roll Recipe

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A Swiss roll is a fatless sponge cake. In this video I am going to show you how to show you how to bake a black forest chocolate Swiss roll.  The chocolate Swiss roll recipe is light and delicious. Basically, it’s my version of a black forest gateau in a Swiss Roll.

Swiss roll is best eaten on the same day because fatless sponge cakes do not keep fresh for long. Swiss roll is also known as jelly roll, roll cake or cream roll in some countries.

Ingredients for the cake

  • 120 grams caster sugar
  • 70 grams self raising flour
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • 1/8th teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs


  • Prepare your Swiss roll tin (about 32cm x 22cm x 2.5cm ) by greasing the tin with butter and then line it with baking paper. (If you are buying one for the first time you will realise that the tins vary in size by a few centimetres so just look for the the nearest size.)
  • Preheat oven to 200 Celsius
  • Put the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and whisk them until light in colour, and doubled or tripled in volume.
  • Sift in the self raising flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the egg mixture.
  • With a spatula, fold the mixture until no traces of the flour mixture is left and it is smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread it gently into the corners.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch the cake closely because it can turn from cooked to burnt quite easily.
  • Whilst the cake is cooking place some baking paper on a work surface and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and caster sugar.
  • When the cake is ready, turn it on top on the the caster sugared paper. Peel off the paper on the bottom of the cake. Roll the cake up firmly with the paper and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • If you would like ideas on how to decorate this cake you can watch a video here

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