Black Forest Roll

In light of this week’s ‘signature bake’ on The Great British Bake Off I thought I’d post a recipe for my Black Forest Swiss Roll… although I’m not sure I can call it a Swiss Roll if the Black Forest is in Germany… I guess roulade is more appropriate, but I’m just not that fancy! Also, before I start on this recipe let me apologise.. as you have probably already noticed, there’s no proper photo of this bake to accompany the recipe, but I have a good reason for this I promise. Usually, I cover this roll with a chocolate ganache and serve it as a Yule Log… and since I am 100% against posting Christmas recipes before December, I’m not willing to post a picture of a holly and icing sugar ‘snow’ filled roll! So instead, I have decided to post this recipe sans chocolate covering and sans Christmas. So here it is, an all-year-round, holiday unspecific, totally delicious Black Forest (Swiss) Roll!

  • 4 eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 65g self raising flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 250ml whipping cream
  • Canned/ stewed cherries


  1. Grease and line a 33cm x 23cm tin
  2. Whisk eggs and sugar until light and frothy
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the egg mixture; cut and folding the mixture very carefully to combine so as not to beat the air out of the mixture
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until firm in the middle
  6. Once baked, place a piece of baking paper (bigger than the tin) on a surface and dust with icing sugar
  7. Invert the cake onto the sugars paper, and remove the bottom lining paper from the sponge
  8. Roll up the aping using the remaining paper, rest the sponge on its edge and allow to cool
  9. Whip the cream and add the (roughly chopped) cherries, if you’re using stewed cherries add a few tablespoons of the sweet cherry syrup to the cream. Alternatively, add a little Kirsch!
  10. When the sponge has cooled, assemble the cake! Unroll the sponge and evenly spread on the cherry cream. Retook the sponge
  11. Dust with a little icing sugar (but not so much it looks like snow!)

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