Chocolate Swiss roll
Serving: 10 – 12 Slices
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2/3 cup (135g) Castor sugar
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) strong brewed coffee *or* 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (63g) all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder, plus 2 Tablespoons (10g) for rolling*
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Vanilla Whipped Cream1 cup (240ml) cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar or confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Chocolate Topping
- 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
- 113g semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 12×17-inch baking pan with nonstick spray or butter, line it with parchment paper, and then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the cake seamlessly release from the pan. (If it’s helpful, see these parchment paper rounds for the cakes video & post, but note that you’ll use a rectangular piece of parchment paper for this cake.)
- Make the cake: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and 1/3 cup (67g) castor sugar together in a medium bowl on high speed for 5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks, remaining sugar, and vanilla extract together until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Sift the flour, 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together into a large bowl. Pour the melted butter, coffee, and egg yolk mixture over the dry ingredients. Beat everything together on medium speed until completely combined. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold in the egg whites until completely combined. Avoid over-mixing and deflating those whites. The batter will be very light.
- Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. It will be a skinny layer. Shimmy the pan on the counter to smooth out the top. Bake for 10 minutes or until the top of the cake gently springs back when touched with your finger. Do NOT over-bake.
- Prepare to roll: As the cake bakes, place a piece of parchment paper (larger than the cake) or a thin kitchen/tea towel flat on the counter. Using a fine mesh sieve, dust with 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. Once the cake comes out of the oven, quickly run a knife around the edges to loosen it. Immediately invert it onto the parchment/towel. Peel off the parchment paper that was on the bottom of the cake as it baked. Starting with the narrow end, begin tightly rolling the hot cake up with the parchment/towel. Do this slowly and gently. The cake will be warm. Allow the cake to cool completely rolled up in the parchment/towel. Feel free to place it in the refrigerator to speed it up, about 3 hours and up to 1 day. (Note that you must bring it back to room temperature before unrolling, so make sure you set aside enough time.)
- Bring the cake to room temperature if it is in the refrigerator. The cake is prone to cracking if unrolled while cold.
Method for whipped cream
- Make the whipped cream: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract on medium-high speed until medium to stiff peaks forms about 2-3 minutes. Then beat in the marshmallow creme, if using.
- Slowly and gently unroll the cake. Spread whipped cream evenly on top, leaving about a 1/2-inch border around the cake. Gently roll the cake back up, without the parchment/towel this time. Place on a wire rack set on a baking sheet (to catch the extra ganache). Set aside on the counter or in the refrigerator, as you prepare the ganache.
Method for ganache topping
- Place chopped chocolate and corn syrup, if using, in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until it begins to gently simmer. (Do not let it come to a rapid boil– that’s too hot.) Pour over the chocolate, then let it sit for 2-3 minutes to gently soften the chocolate. Slowly stir until completely combined and the chocolate has melted.
- Pour ganache all over cake roll. Feel free to spoon any dripped ganache and spoon over the cake again. Refrigerate for at least 30-60 minutes before slicing and serving.
Cover leftover cake and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.