Roulade is one of my (many) favorite cakes and my mother use to make a fantastic roulade with a raspberry cream. I wanted to make some version of her cake and this is what I came up with.
Roulade can be a very intimidating dessert to make, I know I felt a bit anxious about it myself. I did a lot of research online and planned my adventure for weeks. It turns out that there are numerous techniques out there on how to roll the cake without it cracking. Some choose to cover the cake with a moist clean tea towel while it cools and the roll it, some brush it with a liqueur or simple syrup, allow to cool and then roll it. I choose to roll it while still hot, allow to cool, unroll, apply wet ingredients and re-roll. It worked out really great. Use the parchment paper to help you roll the cake while it’s hot and get a good grip on the cake, as if you were rolling sushi. If the cake is tightly rolled, it’s easy to cut and it looks great. This turned out to be a really fun project, not to mention delicious
For the cake:
3 large eggs
125 g sugar (4.4 oz) (3/4 cup)
60 g flour (2.1 oz) (1/2 cup)
60 g cornstarch (2.1 oz) (1/2 cup)
1 tsp. baking powder
For the filling:
Raspberry sauce or your favorite marmalade
225 ml heavy whipping cream (1 cup) (1/2 pint)
1 1/2 tbs. confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 390 degrees F [200 degrees C]
Make Raspberry Sauce, if using, and set aside to cool.
Line a 26×36 cm (10×15 inch) baking sheet with parchment paper. Place eggs and sugar in the bowel of an electrical mixer and mix on high-speed for 10 minutes until eggs are pale and thick. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowel and sift over egg mixture. Gently fold in the dry ingredients, careful not to deflate the dough by over mixing. Pour batter onto baking sheet and gently spread out dough into all corners. Bake for 8-10 minutes until light golden. Do not over-bake, cake should spring back when touched in the center.
Place a clean tea towel on table top and lay a second piece of parchment paper on top. Sprinkle parchment paper generously with sugar. Once cake is out of the oven and still hot, flip cake out of baking sheet onto new sugared parchment paper. Carefully peel off old parchment paper. While still hot, start at the short edge and use the parchment paper to help you roll up the cake. Once starting to roll, keep a firm grip on the cake (as if you were making Sushi) to get a tight roll. Once the cake is rolled up, finish by rolling the parchment paper around the cake and then roll the tea towel around the parchment paper. Let it cool completely.
Whip whipping cream and confectioner’s sugar until it starts to thicken a little, set aside. Once cake is cooled, gently unroll. Spread a thin layer of Raspberry Sauce or marmalade out over the entire cake. Next spread a thin layer of the whipped cream. Gently roll the cake back up again with the parchment paper and store in refrigerator until ready to serve, seam side down. Enjoy.
Source: inspired by Familie Journalen