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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 November 5, 2019

            How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

            How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

            Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

            “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

            But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

            Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

            1. Always Have a Book

            It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

            Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

            2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

            We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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            Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

            3. Get More Intellectual Friends

            Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

            Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

            4. Guided Thinking

            Albert Einstein once said,

            “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

            Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

            5. Put it Into Practice

            Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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            If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

            In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

            6. Teach Others

            You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

            Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

            7. Clean Your Input

            Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

            I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

            Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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            8. Learn in Groups

            Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

            Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

            9. Unlearn Assumptions

            You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

            Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

            Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

            10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

            Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

            Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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            11. Start a Project

            Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

            If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

            12. Follow Your Intuition

            Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

            Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

            13. The Morning Fifteen

            Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

            If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

            14. Reap the Rewards

            Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

            15. Make Learning a Priority

            Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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