Vanilla Swiss Roll Cake

There comes a time in one’s life when they grow tired of regular flat, rectangular cakes or even circle ones for that matter. One starts to realize that there is more to life than just flat cakes. One knows that there is something more exciting out there, in the world, for them to try. Well, I am here to help One out! I am here to bring ONE the most revolutionary cakes of ALL TIME! I bring thee A Swiss ROLL Cake. That’s right, you ain’t never heard of anything so fancy and revolutionary in all your life…What’s that? You have heard of Swiss roll cakes…Okay, fancy pants, you can just run along and stop ruining everything.

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For us, common folk, a Roll Cake is pretty revolutionary. Anyways, before I was rudely interrupted I just wanted to tell you a little bit about this recipe. It’s a fairly simple procedure, however, it does require an electric hand mixer. Well, maybe “require” is a strong word, I’m sure you could do all the mixing by hand it would just take some time and energy and muscles, all things I don’t have much of so I used an electric hand mixer. Besides this one small hindrance the cake is totally worth it! Because of all the mixing it’s a very light cake and with the fresh whipped cream filling you are essentially eating air, very, very delicious, moist, and amazing air. Also, air that taste like cake❤. Ooookay, let’s get started, shall we?😁

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (for topping)
  • Strawberries (filling and topping)

Whipped Cream:

  • 1.5 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

The first thing you’re going to want to do is prep your pan for the cake because you wouldn’t want to be scrambling to get it ready when your batter is all made, now would you? Would you? Would you really? That’s right, I want you to take a moment to think about that. Think about all you did wrong in your life. Keep thinking. Okay, you can stop now. I think that’s enough self-reflection for one blog post. Moving right a long ☺ Now, this recipe would normally call for a 10.5 x 15.5 inch Jelly Roll pan, but who has one of those?! No one, the answer is no one. Smh. Jelly Roll pan, come on. So, I, as usual improvised with a pan that most people do have, its a 9 x 13 inch cake pan, which worked great, might I add. It worked amazingly NAY, WONDERFULLY, you don’t need no Jelly Roll Pan. Pfft, they useless anyways (who even makes rolls of jelly these days😒). Now, that you have been convinced a 9 x 13 inch pan is the way to go to prepare your pan you’re going to spread butter all over the bottom and then line it with some parchment paper and then grease the top of the parchment paper, also. No sticking will be happening here. Also, preheat oven to 375 F.

Now, to the actual recipe.  I don’t want to scare anyone off from the complexity of this recipe, but I believe in each and every one of you. Especially you, yes, you! You can do it! Okay, so in a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then…WHISK (until combined)! I know, it can be a little overwhelming but with a little practice and finesse you too can whisk like me…or should I say, like a pro 😁. Okay, so set this aside and now we’ll get to the boring part. Mixing the eggs, SNORE~_~, I know, its hard to beat whisking flour, but I’ll try to make this interesting. So, first separate the eggs into egg whites and yolks(in separate bowls). You’re going to mix the egg yolks for about 3-5 minutes on a medium-high speed until pale and foamy. This is where an electric mixer would be helpful, but again, to each their own (I mean, that’s one way to get a work out). Once the egg yolk is at this consistency, steadily add 1/2 cup sugar to it while mixing for an additional 3 minutes, until light in color. This would be a perfect time to put some pictures up for reference, wouldn’t you say? Well, here you are:

Those are all pictures of egg yolk, believe it or not. I would prefer you believe it though. Pretty amazing, I suppose, but can I just remind you of that flour whisking. Yeah, nothing can beat that. Once your egg yolks are nice and pale add in the water and vanilla extract and give it a one minute mix. Then slowly add in the flour mixture (ah, the memories) with the mixer on low until fully incorporated, don’t go overboard, just mix until the flour disappears.

Now, finally, onto the egg whites. Pretty simple stuff here. With CLEAN BEATERS (that’s important, in case you didn’t realize) just mix the egg whites until soft peaks form and then add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and mix for a couple more minutes on high until stiff peaks form and Voila! you have stiff egg whites (you weren’t expecting that, now were you?)

Pretty impressive how it goes from clear egg whites to stiff white, whip cream like things. But again, not as impressive as your flour whisking, you should be proud. Okay, so the batter is almost done! Yay! All you need to do is carefully fold in the egg whites into the batter. Take a small portion to start with, mix it all in, then fold in the rest of the whites. You want to be gentle here, so as not to over-mix the batter. I mean, nothing terrible will happen if you do, not that I would know, I’ve never over-mixed a batter, I’ve just heard you shouldn’t… Let’s not make today the day we find out. Now, just pour the batter into your conveniently prepped baking pan, how nice. And bake!

You’re going to want to bake for approximately 15 minutes (12-15 if you actually used a jelly roll pan…if you’re one of THOSE people😒). It’s pretty fast stuff. Just stick a toothpick or fork in the middle and if it comes out clean the cake should be done. Now, pretty soon after its done, while its still hot you’re going to want to flip the cake out onto a kitchen towel (bigger than the cake) or paper towels that have been dusted with powdered sugar and roll it up. Then just place it in the fridge to cool.

The reason you roll it up is because when you are actually filling and rolling the cooled cake you don’t want it to break when you roll it, so you pre-roll it to give it that shape beforehand. Great explanation, I know. I do it for the people. In the meantime, while the cake cools, you can whip up that whipped cream! This is some pretty exciting stuff. Honestly, once you learn to make your own whipped cream you’ll never want the canned stuff…this is what a pretentious cook would say, but I am not pretentious or a real cook and I will always love canned whipped cream. The homemade stuff is VERY good though and if you have the chance to swap it with regular whipped cream, I would do it.  Now to make the whipped cream you simply pour the chilled heavy cream into a bowl and with beaters on medium-high (or by hand. I actually did it by hand, I know, don’t be too impressed. I think I was trying to prove something…suffice to say I won’t be doing that again anytime soon) just whip it up until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and vanilla extract. Just beat this until stiff peaks form and your done! Woohoo! What an amazing feat you have achieved! I always knew you could do it, from the moment you whisked that flour, I knew you had it in you 😁.

Anywho, moving right along. Now, what you’re going to want to do (besides eating all the whipped cream you just made-control the urge!) is take out the cooled cake and carefully unroll it (it won’t be flat-that’s a good thing). Once it’s unrolled just fill it with the cream, as much as your heart desires ❤, but do leave some for the top. Then you can, optionally, add in some chopped strawberries, if your not allergic, because that should be the only reason you omit strawberries from a recipe. Seriously, they’re the best. Indubitably. No discussion needed.

Now, just roll that baby up and top it with some whip cream and more strawberries, obviously 😎 and– OMG WHAT’S THAT?! IS THAT A ROLL CAKE?!! Why, yes, yes it is. I TOTALLY LOVE HOW UNFLAT AND UNBORING IT IS! Thank you. Thank you, very much.

That’s pretty much the conversation you will be having with people when you make it. So, you’re welcome. And ENJOY!

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