Strawberry Chocolate Roll with Chocolate Ganache
Strawberry Chocolate Roll with Chocolate Ganache – a light chocolate sponge, filled with whipped cream, strawberries and topped with a decadent chocolate ganache. The sponge cake is made with your typical pantry ingredients including eggs, sugar, flour, and some salt. Once baked, the sponge is rolled up while still warm and later filled with delicious, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. To make this dessert even more delicious, it is topped with a rich chocolate ganache. I love the combination of fresh strawberries and chocolate. This dessert is definitely a scrumptious after-dinner combination of chocolate, strawberries, and a fluffy sponge.
About this recipe
A Swiss roll cake is a classic dessert with so many variations to choose from. In Serbia, sponge rolls filled with jams, fresh fruit and other treats are super popular. I have enjoyed my fair share of the fruity type of rolls, made with a very light and airy sponge. Most often the filling is a very thin layer of jam or other spreads, which is delicious, but making it decadent is more fun!
For this recipe, I have combined the light sponge that I have grown up loving with the decadent whipped paired with fresh strawberries and finally a decadent chocolate ganache. It is also a very pretty dessert, fun to make and delicious to eat. Also, we are heading into colder months here in New Zealand, so baking this delicious dessert during the colder and rainy days is the perfect comforting dessert for the soul.
If you are interested in how this recipe goes, have a quick read below. Otherwise, to make the recipe, follow the full ingredients and instruction list at the bottom.
The first step is to whip the egg whites into stiff peaks. This can take up to 5 minutes, so do not get discouraged, keep mixing. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and creamy. This can take 2-3 minutes. To the egg yolk and sugar mixture, mix in the cocoa powder and combine well.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder and give this a quick whisk. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg yolks and mix until just combined. The mixture will look stiff, but the wet ingredients are next. Add the vanilla essence and hot water. Combine with a mixer until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in the egg whites. Do this slowly and gently to avoid deflating the batter. Spread the batter into the already lined baking pan. Shimmy the pan on the counter to smooth out the batter. Bake for 10-13 minutes.
Do not let the cake cool. Immediately invert the sponge onto a clean towel covered with powdered sugar. Peel the baking paper away from the sponge. Using the clean towel, gently roll the cake into a log. Let it cool completely in the rolled-up shape.
Once the cake has cooled, unwrap the roll and cover the surface with whipped cream and an even spread of chopped strawberries. Roll the sponge back into a log (this time without the towel) and top with the chocolate ganache.
Tips for recipe success
To help you get the best result with your Strawberry Chocolate Roll with Chocolate Ganache, follow some of the helpful tips below:
1. It is essential to have a clean and dry bowl for whipping the egg whites. You will have difficulty whipping up the whites if the bowl is not clean or yolk-free.
2. Once the sponge batter is ready, gently tap the sheet pan on the counter to pop air bubbles in the batter.
3. Since the sponge can be sticky, use a clean kitchen towel and dust generously with powdered sugar before rolling.
4. Make sure you roll up the cake when it’s hot out of the oven. If you let the sponge cool too much, it will not fold nicely and may crack.
5. Don’t overly stuff the filling too much or it will be harder to roll up your cake.
6. Allow the roll to set in the fridge, for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.
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I hope you enjoy this decadent Strawberry Chocolate Roll with Chocolate Ganache. With so many flavours of Swiss roll cakes to choose from, this one is rich, sweet, and easy to devour. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. If you have a moment, please leave this recipe a rating. I would love to hear what you think, and if you make this recipe or have any questions, you can find me over on Instagram. You can also find a video over on TikTok.
|4 eggs (separated)|
|180g caster sugar|
|2tbsp cocoa powder|
|100g all purpose flour|
|1tsp baking powder|
|1tsp vanilla essence|
|40ml hot water|
|powdered sugar (for dusting)|
|220ml heavy cream|
|80g fresh strawberries (cut in half)|
|90ml heavy cream|