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How to make a Swiss Roll

How to make a Swiss Roll

How to make a Swiss Roll

Dive into the delightful world of Swiss Rolls with our latest recipe video! This classic treat, with its spirals of jam and cream wrapped in a light, fluffy sponge, is both a joy to make and a pleasure to eat. Whether you’re hosting a tea party, looking for a sumptuous dessert, or simply craving a sweet snack, our Swiss Roll recipe is the perfect choice. So, grab your apron, and let’s roll together!


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings


  • 4 medium eggs, separated
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp (115g/4oz) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup + 3 tbsp (115g/4oz) self-raising flour, sieved
  • ½ tbsp icing/powdered sugar for dusting
  • 5-6 tbsp strawberry/raspberry jam
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp (150ml/5.07 fl oz) whipped cream
  • Strawberries/raspberries for decoration

Oven Temperatures:

  • Fan Oven: 180°C (360°F)
  • Conventional Oven: 200°C (400°F)
  • Gas Mark: 6


  1. Preheat your oven and line a Swiss roll tin (24cm x 36cm) with grease-proof paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff and doubled in size.
  3. Gradually add the caster sugar, continuing to beat until the mixture is thick and shiny.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and egg yolks.
  5. Gently fold the sieved flour into the egg mixture using a metal spoon.
  6. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared tin and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Once baked, cool for 5 minutes then invert onto a sheet of grease-proof paper sprinkled with caster sugar.
  8. Remove the original baking paper and trim any rough edges from the sponge.
  9. Make a shallow cut about 1 cm from one short edge, halfway through the sponge’s thickness, without cutting all the way through. This aids rolling.
  10. Using the paper, roll the sponge tightly, starting at the cut. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  11. Once cooled, unroll the sponge, remove the paper, and spread with jam and whipped cream.
  12. Re-roll the cake, dust with icing sugar, then pipe whipped cream down the centre and top with halved strawberries. Alternatively, you can use just jam, raspberries with lemon curd, or strawberries with Nutella.

Storage Tips:

  • Cool Completely: Ensure the Swiss Roll is at room temperature before storage.
  • Wrap Tightly: Use plastic wrap or aluminium foil to keep it fresh and prevent drying.
  • Refrigerate: Store in the fridge to maintain texture and extend shelf life.
  • Consume Promptly: Best enjoyed within the first 2 days, but can last up to 3-4 days in the fridge.