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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 March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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