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Chocolate Roll Cake

Chocolate Swiss Roll Recipe

Emma Duckworth
Deliciously soft, fluffy Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake filled with tangy yet sweet cream cheese frosting. This delight ticks all the chocolate lovers’ boxes!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 47 mins
Method Cakes
Cuisine British/American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 489 kcal


Chocolate sponge

  • 4 large eggs
  • 100 g caster sugar (super-fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 85 g plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 20 g cocoa powder - plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine salt

Cream cheese frosting

  • 250 g Philadelphia cream cheese - room temperature
  • 150 g unsalted butter - softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g powdered icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar)

Chocolate ganache

  • 200 g dark chocolate 70% - finely chopped
  • 240 ml double cream (heavy cream)
  • 15 g unsalted butter

To serve

  • blackberries - optional


Chocolate sponge

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F)
    Prepare your pan. Grease with butter or spray with non-stick spray the base and sides of a 25x38cm (10x15-inch) baking pan /swiss roll pan/jelly roll pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, ensuring the paper overhangs the pan's sides. This will help you later when trying to remove the sponge from the tin. Grease the parchment paper with butter, as this will help with peeling the paper off once the sponge has baked.
  • Whip the eggs & sugar. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract and whip until the mixture is light and creamy, about 4 minutes. When lifting out the whisk, you want to be able to see trails of the mixture for a few seconds.
  • Sift dry ingredients. Into a separate bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder and salt.
    Add dry ingredients to whipped eggs. Sift ¼ of the flour mixture into the whisked eggs and, using a metal spoon or rubber spatula, gently fold through until just combined. Sift in the remaining flour mixture and again fold through whilst rotating the bowl. Ensure that you scrape right to the bottom of the bowl where flour air pockets can remain. Try not to over mix/fold, as this will deflate the lovely air created during the initial whisking of the eggs.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and shake/wiggle the pan to help guide the batter into the pan's corners. Use an offset spatula if necessary to help smooth out the batter.
    Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean and springs back when pressed lightly.
  • Prepare your tea towel. Whilst the sponge is baking, lay a tea towel or piece of parchment paper on your work surface and dust lightly with cocoa powder. (Alternatively, sprinkle with caster sugar or dust with powdered icing sugar)
  • Invert the sponge onto the tea towel. Once the sponge has baked, remove it from the oven and immediately invert the sponge onto the tea towel whilst it is still hot.
    Peel off the parchment paper. Gently peel off the parchment paper on the bottom of the sponge.
    Roll sponge up. Starting from the sponge's short end, using your hands, roll the sponge up gently but firmly until it is totally rolled into the tea towel (or parchment paper). Set the roll aside with its seam side down to cool completely.

Cream cheese frosting

  • Whilst the sponge roll is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.
    If you are using Cream Cheese from a tub, then place the cream cheese into the centre of two pieces of paper towel. Fold the paper towel around the cream cheese and pat it firmly to remove some of the moisture. Repeat this on another two pieces of paper towel. Set to one side. (There is no need to do this step if using Philadelphia in brick/block form).
  • Whip the butter and vanilla extract. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and vanilla extract and beat on high for 4 minutes until pale and creamy. Add in the powdered icing sugar and beat until mixed in. Continue to beat for another two minutes. Add in the cream cheese and beat on medium speed until mixed through. The frosting should be smooth but firm enough to hold its shape. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  • Unroll, fill and re-roll. Gently unroll the sponge once it has cooled. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the sponge's surface, leaving a 2cm (1-inch) gap around the edge. Re-roll the sponge up again and wrap it in parchment paper and then in plastic wrap for the roll to hold its shape. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours for the filling to firm up. 

Chocolate ganache

  • Before serving, make the chocolate ganache. Place the chopped chocolate and butter into a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream gently on low heat until simmering around the edges. Pour the cream over the chocolate into the bowl and sit for a couple of minutes. Then whisk continuously until the chocolate is smooth and the butter has melted.
  • Cover swiss roll. Place the swiss roll onto a wire rack set on a baking tray. Slowly pour the ganache to coat the roll. Use an offset spatular to smooth the chocolate all over. Decorate with blackberries if desired and let the chocolate set for 20 minutes before slicing ends to neaten up the roll before serving. See tips below for slicing.


Step-by-Step Photos: My blog post includes helpful step-by-step photos to help guide you through making this recipe.
To store: Swiss roll can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To freeze: An unfilled, rolled sponge can be wrapped in plastic wrap and then foil and frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and allow to come to room temperature before filling and continuing with the recipe instructions.
Alternatives: For a variation on the fillings, try jams, buttercream, whipped cream or creme fraîche. For variation in toppings, dust with icing sugar, roll in caster sugar or drizzle with melted white chocolate.
Tip 1: To prevent the sponge from cracking:  Ensure that you don't over bake as this will create a dry sponge. Invert and roll up when straight out of the oven as this is when the sponge is most pliable.
Tip 2: Ensure the cream cheese filling is firm enough: The cream cheese filling has to be thick enough to smooth evenly onto the sponge. Leave a gap all the way around the edge so that it doesn't squeeze out all over the place when rolling.
Tip 3: For neat, clean cuts. Use a hot bladed knife wiped clean between each cut or use dental floss to slice through.


Serving: 0gCalories: 489kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 6gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 218mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 1208IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chocolate Swiss Roll, Roulade, Swiss Roll
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