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ROLL IT Up! 10 Useful Swiss Cake Roll Tips and Recipes for Beginners

ROLL IT Up! 10 Useful Swiss Cake Roll Tips and Recipes for Beginners

The Swiss Cake Roll, also called a jelly roll or cream roll, is a sponge cake filled with whipped cream, frosting, or jams and jellies. Despite its name, the Swiss Roll doesn’t get its origins in Switzerland. Most historians believe it is an old English recipe which was invented around the 19th century, likely in Austria. When sliced, a spiral pattern is revealed.

The sponge cake is usually white or vanilla, but using chocolate, sponge cake has become quite popular in recent years. When the Swiss Cake Roll is a chocolate one with a white whipped cream filling, it is sometimes called a “chocolate log.” In Belgium, France, and several other European countries, the chocolate Swiss Cake Roll is called a “Yule log” or “Buche de Noel” for Christmas and is decorated with chocolate frosting and confectioners’ sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Swiss Cake Rolls are also very popular in Asia. The Chinese version is lighter, only slightly sweet, made with a plain sponge cake, and spread with a thin layer of whipped cream. In India, you can hardly find a bakery that won’t have these Swiss Cake Rolls (called jam rolls), and normally filled with a thin layer of sweet jam. In Japan, green tea powder and sweetened red bean flavored whipped cream is often used to flavor the sponge cake. And in Malaysia, Swiss Cake Rolls are often filled with fruits like coconut, strawberry, and blueberry.

Don’t let all the Swiss Cake Roll history discourage you, however. If you think of Swiss Cake Roll as a gourmet dessert that is really hard to make, you might want to think again. Simply bake your cake, spread it with cream filling, roll it up, chill it for a few minutes, and then slice it. It really is that easy! The tips and recipes below will help even a beginner make a wonderfully delicious (and slightly addictive) Swiss Cake Roll.

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Tips

1. Bake your cake layer on a silicone mat or parchment paper so it will peel off easier.

2. Once your cake layer is baked, flip it onto parchment paper. If you’re making a Chocolate Swiss Cake Roll, dust your parchment with cocoa powder. If you’re making a Vanilla Swiss Cake Roll, use icing sugar.

3. Always roll up your cake layer in a tea towel or parchment paper while it’s still warm so it will be flexible, easy to manage, and less likely to crack.

4. Whipped cream is normally used to fill Swiss Cake Rolls, and some people even add strawberries. Whatever you decide to use, don’t stuff the filling too much or it will be harder to roll up your cake.

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5. If your cake happens to crack while you’re rolling, don’t panic! Simply sprinkle the top with icing sugar. If you’re making a Chocolate Swiss Cake Roll, you can pour a chocolate ganache right over the top for a rich glazed finish.

Recipes

1. Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake

Eat it for breakfast. Make it for your friends. Feel like a giddy little kid again. Get the Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

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    2. Chocolate Mousse Cake Roll

    Chocolate wrapped in chocolate—oh my! Get the Chocolate Mousse Cake Roll recipe from Hershey’s Kitchen.

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      3. Strawberries and Cream Swiss Roll

      A refreshing treat that is sure to impress and satisfy all. Get the Strawberries and Cream Swiss Roll recipe from Real Housemoms.

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        4. Chocolate-Raspberry Swiss Roll

        A simple but delicious cake recipe created in honor of the classic European princess cake. Get the Chocolate-Raspberry Swiss Roll recipe from Food & Wine.

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          5. Fruit Spread Swiss Cake Roll

          An elegant yet easy dessert that everyone will love and you can be proud of. Get the Fruit Spread Swiss Cake Roll recipe from Parade.

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            Nothing is better than homemade desserts and with the tips and recipes above, you’ll be a pro cake-roll maker in no time. Happy baking (and eating)!

            Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek / Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

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            Last Updated on September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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