Chocolate Roulade Cake →♡•♡•

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

A  celebration  of  the  day  of   L♡VE  !   I made this cake at the last minute, because of a comment left, by Shanna of  Curls and Carrots on my Facebook page, saying, “I hope you are posting a fabulous chocolate dessert next.”  Nothing is more precious for Mama Fae than my beloveds asking me to make something for them. And, what gives me more joy is to watch them eat with contentment.
Well, since neither Shanna nor any of you live close to me so I can experience that joy, please accept my gesture of  L♡VE,  virtually!

Chocolate Roulade Cake

  • Servings: 8~10
  • Time: 1hr 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Recipe by:   Fae’s Twist & Tango  (
Swiss Roll Jelly Roll Roulade Fae's Twist & Tango

♥   60 gr/1/2 cup   all-purpose unbleached flour – plus for coating
♥   30 gr/1/4 cup   unsweetened cocoa powder
♥   pinch salt
♥   3 large whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks
♥   100 gr/1/2 cup   granulated sugar
♥   60 gr/4 Tbsp   unsalted butter, melted and cooled

♥   50 gr/1/4 cup  granulated sugar
♥   60 ml/ 1/4 cup  water
♥   1 ~ 2 tsp   pure vanilla extract

♥   240 ml/1 cup  heavy cream
♥   2 ~ 3 Tbsp  quality strawberry preserve/jam

Finishing dusting
♥   1½ Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
♥   1½ Tbsp confectioners’/powdered sugar


◊  Spray a 28cm x 43 cm (11″x17″) non-stick baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and again spray coat with cooking spray. Dust with flour and tap out excess.

◊  Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 230°C/450°F.

◊  Combine dry ingredients, flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl and sift.

◊  Combine eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric beater on high  for 5 ~ 6 minutes.

◊  Add dry, sifted ingredients over egg mixture in three batches and using a silicone spatula, carefully fold. When almost incorporated, pour melted butter down the side of bowl and gently fold to combine.

◊  Pour the batter on the prepared baking sheet. Using an offset spatula, spread batter evenly. Important to stay by the oven, and bake for 5 ~ 6 minutes (don’t let it over bake).

◊  Immediately upon removing the cake from the oven, using a small strainer, sprinkle with confectioners/powdered sugar, and then invert the sponge sheet cake onto a clean dish towel (best if supported by a cutting board). Remove the parchment paper and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Trim 7mm/¼” of hard crust off all sides of the cake (to roll smoothly). While still warm, roll up the sponge sheet cake, together with the towel (from the 43cm/17″ length side). Place on the cutting board, with the seam toward the bottom and cool for 30 ~ 60 minutes. (This will give the cake a ‘shape memory’, so it will be easier to roll again with filling.)

◊  Syrup: In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add vanilla extract and put in the refrigerator to cool.

◊  Filling: Whip cream until soft peaks, add strawberry preserve/jam and beat more just to combine.

◊  Open the roll, brush with the syrup all over, spread the whipped cream over cake leaving a 12mm/1/2″ border all around. Roll cake to enclose filling (without towel).  Chill in the refrigerator for 30 ~ 60 minutes.

◊  Before plating, with a strainer, dust with cocoa powder/powder sugar mixture. Cut into slices with a serrated knife and serve.

~ Bon Appétit! ~

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  1. This looks absolutely incredible but looks pretty complicated too. Always intimidated to try something this complocated.

  2. Beautiful cake and looks delicious too! :-) It’s been years since I have made one of these!
    see my recent post; Strawberry pie Michael :-)

  3. What an amazing picture and great recipe. Great job!!

  4. I love your gesture of love…I hope your Valentine’s day was as lovely as your cake.

  5. Gorgeous cake Fae! Lucky family!

  6. So gorgeous and the food setting is just perfect! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. :-)

  7. afracooking · · Reply

    So pretty! Perfect for such a special day. Sending you love!

  8. Perfect, Fae! There was a bakery in my old neighborhood and I was a frequent customer. Their bread was wonderful. No matter what I entered that shop to buy, I always left with at least a slice of their roulade. I bet yours would put theirs to shame.
    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

    1. Thank you, John. There was a bakery close to our home too (in Japan). I would go there often to get my snacks. Their only daughter was my age, and we became good friends. Her parents would always treated us with cakes when I was visiting. I was a skinny kid then and had no worries. :D )))

  9. beautiful, a work of art, hope you had a good valentine !

  10. What a fascinating and yummy blog. Thank you for stopping by my little ole blog!

  11. This is a gorgeous cake, Fae! What a lovely item to bring to a party Mmmm, so beautiful!

  12. Oh this looks fabulous! Thank you Fae & cheers to you~

  13. oh, it simply looks fantastic! :D

  14. Wooowness! This cake looks soo beautiful. Looks like the ones we get from fancy restaurants. Too good Fae! 😊😊

  15. Belated Birthday Greetings. I hope you had a wonderful day. The roulade looks delicious. Great for Valentine’s day! Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend!

  16. Amazing how simple, tasty ingredients come together for such an elegant cake! Lovely recipe, Ms Fae!

  17. Beautiful Roulade cake. Even your little strawberries are shaped in hearts, how sweet is that…Happy Belated Valentines day to you Fae!

    1. Thank you, Bam! Ditto to you! :D

  18. What a beautiful appetizing cool look cake! Yum Yum yummm,… I am so going to make it today!

      1. I made it & it was just stunning & so delicious too, Fae! Xxx

      2. Great, Sophie! *\(^o^)/* Thank you for letting me know. Next time, please take a photo and share it with me. I will add it to the post! :D

  19. This looks super delicious, Fae! :)

    1. Gorgeous Butterfly! :D

  20. Such a beautiful and delicious looking cake Fae – I look forward to giving it a go! Cheers, Margot

    1. It was the cream and the preserve (jam) mixture that made the roulade very special. Mix preserve/jam of your liking and you would taste a divine dessert.

  21. You are always a warranty… your cake looks great, simple and I’m sure it’s really tasty, exactly love should be every day!

    1. Thank you so much, and I agree, Love should be every day! XOXO

  22. Fae, this is gorgeous and so sensuous. I knew I could rely on you for something amazing. And you made it last minute too? You are a wonder. Your blog is looking more and more lovely too! Thanks for this gorgeous recipe. Happy Vday!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! With your this message, you have made me happy many folds. Hope you had a great day too! :D

  23. Yum! :P

    1. Thank you, Farah! :D )))

  24. Chocolate and strawberry hearts a way to everyone’s hearts! That sponge has the Fae touch – as light and delicate as a feather.

    1. Thank you, Maria! It turned out better than I expected. I improvised using the strawberry preserve with the cream, and it really made the dessert special.

  25. Beautiful cake! The strawberry hearts are too cute!

  26. such a beautiful cake for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thank you so much! Hope you had a lovely day too.

  27. Thank you for such a lovely recipe. Big hug.

    1. Hello Darling Betty! Thank you for leaving me a lovely message and hope you had a lovely day. :D

  28. Gorgeous!!! I love your roulade, it’s perfect. What a lovely Valentines post. Happy Valentines Day Fae!

    1. Thank you, Suzanne! Hope you had a great day too!

  29. Looks so delicious and happy valentine’s day :)

    1. Thank you Aryana! Hope you had a good one too! :D

  30. Fae, When the email came to my inbox, I saw the words “Fae” and “Chocolate.” My heart skipped a beat: YES. Fae has posted a chocolate recipe. :-) This roulade looks perfect: light, airy chocolate cake; rich, creamy filling – and, of course, festive, Valentine’s fruit. I am quite tempted to go out this afternoon and purchase a jelly roll, 11×7 inch pan, just so I can make myself this cake! You have put together the perfect menu between the rich, flavorful Italian main course and the indulgent, cocoa rich dessert. Happy Valentine’s Day, Fae! I hope you and your hubby have a beautiful and romantic evening. <3 And, thank you for the kind words. Warmest wishes, Shanna

    1. Darling Shanna, Thank you for the message to inspire me to make this virtual gift for you had a lovely day too! XOXO

  31. Happy Love Day to you my Darling Fae! That is a beautiful chocolate roulade cake, with that thick layer of cream and strawberry preserves! :-)

    1. Oh Lidia, although the base cake was good too, but it was the cream with the preserve that made the cake special.

  32. How pretty! Happy Valentines Day!

    1. Thank you, hope you had a good one too!

  33. Thanks for that virtual L♡VE, Miss Fae! Right back at ya! And the roulade is perfect for the day. Thank you for that, too, BFF. Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO

    1. Today I saw you everywhere inviting friends to the Fiesta! I’m glad it is getting bigger and bigger, thanks to you! I also read at least three bloggers giving you kudos to you. Bravo my BFF! XOXO :D )))

      1. I’d do anything to have fun! Thanks for joining, darling Fae!

  34. Wow! How beautiful! I want it right now!!!! :) Happy Valentine’s Day to you Fae!

  35. Happy Valentines Day Fae!

  36. It looked so good I reblogged it to share the love. Happy Heart Day!

  37. Reblogged this on Okra Blossom and commented:
    Need an idea for a Valentines’ dessert? Try this from a blogger I adore!

  38. Can’t resist to try it………looks amazing…

  39. Wow! Looks delicious…

  40. This looks lovely! I’ve always had trouble with roulades because they always cracked, but yours looks so perfect! This is going to be made very soon :)

    1. Lots of diligence is needed. Make sure you cut of the crusty edges, and if it is too dry, brush the syrup before rolling for shape memory. Don’t panic when it cracks, at the end, cover it with sugar dusting. :D

  41. Looks delicious! Happy Valentines!

  42. How beautiful! Your beloveds are very lucky xx

    1. I am the lucky one, especially knowing all of you, Flowers of the World.

  43. Dear Fae! Such a beautiful dessert made with tons of love! Have a beautiful day xxx

  44. So beautiful and impressive. I assure you this recipe at my hands would end up looking like a cute but quite misshapen lump. You have a gift Fae. You really do.
    Anyway: Happy Valentines Day!!! xoxo

    1. Azita jan, I know, once you put your mind to it, you can do anything. You are an artist, you innovate and create. Hope you had a great day! xoxo

  45. It looks so perfectly neat and light x

  46. This looks so good!

  47. I love this, and the sentiment behind it! This is just the kind of chocolate dessert I love, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! Hugs, -Laura

  48. Oh, my goodness ! * gets paper and pencil to copy recipe”

  49. This roulade looks delicious! Happy Valentine’s day to you.


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