Swiss Roll Sponge Recipe

The Swiss roll sponge recipe is a cake made with whisked eggs. It has a light texture, and it is used as the base for layered cakes or filled rolls.

It requires a little bit of work, but its softness perfectly combines with a cream filling.

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Here I am using the buttercream version from the Almond Meringue served with Butter Sauce and Berries recipe, and decorated the roll with homemade crystallized violets and pistachios.

You can also use a chocolate ganache or a thick custard cream.





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swiss roll sponge homemade crystallised violets butter cream and pistachios
Swiss Roll Sponge Recipe
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
The Swiss roll sponge recipe is a cake made with whisked eggs. It has a light texture, and it is used as the base for layered cakes or filled rolls.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: French
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 260 kcal
Swiss rolls sponge
  • 4 eggs
  • 125 gr castor sugar
  • 75 gr flour
  • 1 pinch salt
Butter cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100 ml liquid cream
  • 125 gr castor sugar
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 gr butter
Swiss roll
  1. Cover a shallow rectangular tin with parchment paper of about 22 x 33 cm. Warm up the oven at 200 C
    instruction baking swiss roll sponge
  2. Place a large bowl or pan over hot water and whisk the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer. Make sure the water never boils
    ingredients for bain marie swiss roll sponge
  3. It will start forming a thick mixture.
    bain marie swiss roll sponge
  4. Whisk vigorously until you can form a ribbon trail on the surface.
  5. Remove from the heat and whisk until it cools down, for about 5 minutes
    whisking swiss roll sponge
  6. Gently stir in the flour making sure the mixture does not deflate
  7. Pour the mixture onto the slightly buttered parchment paper and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, checking without opening the oven that the top is nicely browned
    baking swiss roll sponge
  8. Once cooked, let it rest for 10 minutes then move to a rack to cool down completely. In the meantime you can prepare the cream for the filling.
    rolling swiss roll sponge and butter cream
Butter cream
  1. In a pan, pour and combine all the ingredients for the cream except the butter.
  2. Cook in bain-marie until the cream reach the consistency of a custard cream.
  3. Take away from the heat and add the butter. Mix until the butter is all melted and the cream has taken a yellowish colour.
Put it together
  1. Prepare all the ingredients you want to use for composing and decorating the roll. Here I have grated pistachios and homemade crystallized violets
  2. Turn the sponge upside down and spread the cream over the sponge
  3. With the help of the parchment paper start rolling the sponge over
  4. Move the roll into the serving dish
  5. Cover with the rest of the cream and sprinkle with the grated pistachios
  6. Decorate with the crystallize violets and clean the side of the dish
  7. The cake is now ready to be served. If the ambient temperature is too hot you can store it in the fridge and take it out 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts:
Calories 260 calories per serving
Fat 12 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 33 gr per serving
Proteins 4 gr per serving
Sugar 26 gr per serving
Sodium 53 mg per serving 

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely

Swiss Roll with Butter Cream and  Crystallized Violets

  10 comments for “Swiss Roll Sponge Recipe

  1. Ginny
    13th September 2017 at 6:22 am

    This is really a special cake. It reminds me of something my mother use to make. Nice how you’ve turned it into a roll.

    • Laura
      16th September 2017 at 3:55 am

      love when food brings back memories

  2. 13th September 2017 at 8:22 am

    Swiss roll is such a classic dish and is perfection if done right. Light and airy and a sweet delight.

    • Laura
      16th September 2017 at 3:55 am

      Yes, you really have to follow the instructions

  3. 13th September 2017 at 9:15 am

    It looks so pretty! I think those crystallized violets on the top really make it perfect for a special occasion too!

    • Laura
      16th September 2017 at 3:54 am

      Yes, very girly

  4. 13th September 2017 at 10:19 am

    Swiss roll is my favorite!This recipe surely looks yumm! crystallized violets is so good.

    • Laura
      16th September 2017 at 3:54 am

      thank you

  5. 13th September 2017 at 11:25 am

    Looks lovely, love the addition of the crystalised flowers

    • Laura
      16th September 2017 at 3:53 am

      thank you, and they are homemade

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