Classic Swiss roll cake

With its gorgeous looks, this Swiss sponge roll is a real beauty could win the crown!

As Valentine’s day is around the corner, I painted a few hearts on the sponge to display a festive notion relevant to the occasion; you need some liquid food colouring and a good quality paintbrush to paint a simple design on the cake.  Quite simple decorative idea but the enhanced appearance is a real winner of hearts!

So, let’s make this beauty and bring a special glow of love to this Valentine’s day!

Get ready with the following ingredients:

For the cake
 Plain Flour 50 g
 Sugar (white caster is best) 120 g
 Eggs 3 whites and yellows separated
 Baking Powder 1 tsp
 Corn Flour 1 tbsp
Yellow food colour3 drops (optional)
 Salt3 pinches ( this is a must to take the blandness of egg whites away)
 Vanilla 1 tsp
Let’s make the sponge roll first

Set the Oven to 180 C

Beat eggs

  • Separate the egg whites and yolks carefully
  • Beat the egg whites using an electric hand mixer, in high speed for 2 mins until it forms stiff peaks
  • Add sugar in three times while beating in high speed.  1 min
  • Add egg yolks and beat for 2 mins
  • Add  baking powder, cornflour and flour together and sieve on to the cake
  • Add salt, yellow food colouring and vanilla
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold flour using a spatula until the batter comes creamy

Prepare the tin

  • 12″ x 10″ size square tine will be the right size for the sponge
  • line up with a parchment paper
  • Grease with butter for easy peeling off

Bake

  • Spread the sponge batter in the tray
  • Lift and drop the tray twice on the kitchen top to evenly settle the batter
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 mins or a skewer comes out clean when stabbed in the middle of the cake

Prepare for rolling the cake

  • Lay a wide parchment paper on a  kitchen towel
  • Sprinkle granulated sugar and keep it ready for rolling out the cake

Take the cake out of the oven

  • As soon as the cake is out of the oven, carefully lay it face down on the sugar sprinkled parchment paper
  • Sprinkle some water on to the lining parchment paper, so that it peels off easily. 
  • Gently, peel off the parchment paper

Roll out

  • Now, while the cake is still very warm, roll out with the parchment paper
  • Leave it to cool off completely for 1 hr.

Filling 

  • Once the cake is cooled off,  open it flat on a tray and you can fill it with buttercream icing, strawberry jam and buttercream or any other frosting with flavours

Options for filling the sponge roll

strawberry jamOption 1 – Simple but delicious

Strawberry jam and buttercream filling – homemade or good quality supermarket brand jam and creamy icing blend together just beautifully!

Strawberry jam
Easy recipe for homemade strawberry jam with granulated sugar https://happyrecipes.co.uk/tag/how-to-make-strawberry-jam-with-granulated-sugar/

Get ready with these:

  • 50g butter or margarine softened
  • 100g icing sugar
  • A little milk
  • A drop of vanilla

Whip the cream up:

  • In a bowl add butter, beat with an electric hand mixer until soft and sieve icing sugar on to it with milk and vanilla and beat until creamy
  • Now spread a layer of buttercream and on top spread a layer of strawberry jam
  • Roll the cake gently. Wrap with a cling film or a foil and place in the fridge for several hours
  • Take out 1/2hr before serving

strawberry jamOption 2 – Silky and delicate

Sweet cream filling – this is a very light and delicate filling which can make the cake melt into your mouth

You will need:

  • 1 cup full cream
  • 1/8 cup icing sugar

Beat cream using an electric hand mixer while adding sugar gradually.  Once the cream comes together, check the taste and keep aside. Do not over-beat the cream

Spread a thick layer of cream and on top smear a thick layer of strawberry jam and roll the sponge.  Cover with a foil and refrigerate for 1hr before serving

Serve

  • Take out 30 mins before serving
  • Slice with a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped clean
  • Enjoy!

chocolate icing

Chocolate Cupcakes – Pretty chocolate cupcakes for any occasion

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These super spongy chocolate cupcakes, topped with creamy chocolate butter icing is a pure delight to serve around for a bunch of lively kids! With lots of oohs and aahs, they will gobble them up with such joy!

Happy baking friends!

Get ready with the following ingredients :

Self raising flour300 g
Stork spread/Butter/ Magerine300 g
Caster sugar300 g
Eggs5 medium
Lemon juice1 tsp
Salt3 pinches ( a must)
Baking powder1 tsp
Cocoa powder4 tbsp heaps
 Milk 1/4 cup

Let’s make it:

Set the oven to 180 C

Cream the batter

  •  Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer (3 mins beating is sufficient)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds

Sieve Flour

  • Mix baking powder,  flour and cocoa powder and sieve onto the batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape
  • Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Add milk.  Give a good mix with a wooden spoon going clockwise

Fill the cupcakes

  • Fill paper cupcake cases with the batter leaving a little room from the top allowing the cake to rise
  • Place the cupcake cases in a cupcake baking tray so that the cupcakes will stay steady and neat

Stick in them in Oven

  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 mins. In the first 10 min do not open the oven door otherwise the cakes will slack
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of one of the cakes and if it comes clean, it’s ready

Let the cakes rest

  • Take the tray out from the oven and let it stand for 5 mins
  • Remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack to cool off completely
  • Your cakes are ready to ice now

You can ice the cupcakes with either chocolate butter icing or chocolate fudge icing. Both recipes are given below.

To make the chocolate butter icing you will need ;

Icing sugar300 g
Stork spread or butter125 g
Cocoa powder5 tbsp
Milk2 tbsps
Lemona few drops
Vanillaa few drops
Sprinkles to decorate 
  • Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder together from a sieve on to a bowl
  • Add butter and beat together until creamy
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon
  • Your chocolate icing is ready
  • Cover the cupcakes with chocolate icing one by one with a flat knife, often dipping it in warm water. If you desire an elegant look, use a piping bag or an icing syringe to make swirls
  • Throw some sprinkles on
  • Done!

To make the  Chocolate fudge icing you will need:

chocolate cupcakes
 Icing sugar1/2 cup
Double cream1/4 cup
Butter/Stork spread50 g
Milk chocolate buttons110 g
Cocoa powder3 tbsp
  • In a small glass bowl place, chocolate drops, butter and double cream
  • Place a wider pan on the stove and fill it with hot  water
  • Dip the small glass bowl into the wide pan
  • Stir slowly until chocolates melt along with butter and cream
  • If the chocolates are hard, heat up the pan with water under the very light flame
  • Add sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder
  • Take out from the pan and stir until you are left with a creamy chocolaty melt
  • Leave to cool
  • Pour chocolate fudge cream on to the cupcakes
  • Sprinkle some decorative sprinkles
  • Enjoy!