Tuesday, July 27, 2010

swiss roll ice cream cake

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

The timing for this challenge couldn't be better.  Really.  It was my oldest son's birthday.  I showed him this ice cream cake and he was all over having it as his birthday cake.  So done, done and done!

Since it was his birthday, I let my son choose the ice creams.  Dulce de Leche is his all time favourite, and he also chose Cherry Custard Chocolate Marble ice cream to go with it.  Not bad!  So I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.  My son was thrilled with the results.  Yay!  Happy birthday buddy!

Swiss roll ice cream cake (inspired by the recipe of the same name from the Taste of Home website)

The Swiss rolls

6 medium sized eggs
1 C / 225 gms caster sugar /8 oz+ extra for rolling
6 tblsp / 45gms/ a pinch over 1.5 oz of all purpose (plain) flour + 5 tblsp/40gm /a pinch under 1.5 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted together
2 tblsp /30ml / 1 fl oz of boiling water
a little oil for brushing the pans

For the filling
2C / 500 mls/ 16 fl oz of whipping cream
1 vanilla pod, cut into small pieces of about ½ cm (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
5 tblsp / 70gms/2.5oz of caster sugar


  1. Pre heat the oven at 400 deg F approximately. Brush the baking pans (11 inches by 9 inches) with a little oil and line with greaseproof baking paper. If you have just one pan, bake one cake and then let the pan cool completely before using it for the next cake.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and sugar and beat till very thick; when the beaters are lifted, it should leave a trail on the surface for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Add the flour mixture, in three batches and fold in gently with a spatula. Fold in the water.
  4. Divide the mixture among the two baking pans and spread it out evenly, into the corners of the pans.
  5. Place a pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or till the centre is springy to the touch.
  6. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle a little caster sugar over it.
  7. Turn the cake on to the towel and peel away the baking paper. Trim any crisp edges.
  8. Starting from one of the shorter sides, start to make a roll with the towel going inside. Cool the wrapped roll on a rack, seam side down. Repeat the same for the next cake as well.
  9. Grind together the vanilla pieces and sugar in a food processer till nicely mixed together. If you are using vanilla extract, just grind the sugar on its own and then add the sugar and extract to the cream.
  10. In a large bowl, add the cream and vanilla-sugar mixture and beat till very thick.
  11. Divide the cream mixture between the completely cooled cakes.
  12. Open the rolls and spread the cream mixture, making sure it does not go right to the edges (a border of ½ an inch should be fine
  13. Roll the cakes up again, this time without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge till needed, seam side down.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream 
adapted from Marilyn and Tanya Linton’s 125 Best Ice Cream Recipes

1 can (10 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook condensed milk, stirring constantly, until thick and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, in a separate medium saucepan over medium low heat, bring cream and milk to a simmer.

Very slowly and carefully to prevent spattering, pour condensed milk into a clean large bowl. Gradually whisk in cream mixture (watch out the condensed milk is hot!). Whisk in vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until completely cold or overnight.

Stir cream mixture. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Cherry Custard Chocolate Marble Ice Cream

2 egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1 can pitted sweet cherries in syrup
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/4 melted dark chocolate

  1. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until thickened and pale yellow.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring milk to a simmer.  Gradually whisk into egg mixture.
  3. Return entire mixture to the saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.  Be careful not to let it boil.  Strain into a clean large bowl.  Let cool to room temperature.
  4. In a food processor or blender, puree cherries with syrup until almost smooth.  Stir cherry mixture along with cream into milk mixture.  Cover and refrigerate until completely cold or overnight.
  5. Stir cream mixture.  Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
  6. When the ice cream is semifrozen, stop the ice cream maker and scoop ice cream into a freezerproof container.  Using a knife, swirl in 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate to create a marbled effect.  Freeze until firm.

The Hot fudge sauce

1 cup caster sugar
3 tbsp of natural unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 ½ cup water
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornflour and water.
  2. Place the pan over heat, and stir constantly, till it begins to thicken and is smooth (for about 2 minutes). 
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the butter and vanilla. Keep aside to cool .

1. Cut the Swiss rolls into 20 equal slices (approximately 2 cms each)
2. Cover the bottom and sides of the bowl in which you are going to set the dessert with cling film/plastic wrap.
3. Arrange two slices at the bottom of the pan, with their seam sides facing each other. Arrange the Swiss roll slices up the bowl, with the seam sides facing away from the bottom, to cover the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till the slices are firm (at least 30 minutes).
4. Soften the vanilla ice cream. Take the bowl out of the freezer, remove the cling film cover and add the ice cream on top of the cake slices. Spread it out to cover the bottom and sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till firm (at least 1 hour)
5. Add the fudge sauce over the vanilla ice cream, cover and freeze till firm (at least an hour)
6. Soften the chocolate ice cream and spread it over the fudge sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4-5 hours till completely set .
7. Remove the plastic cover, and place the serving plate on top of the bowl. Turn it upside down and remove the bowl and the plastic lining. If the bowl does not come away easily, wipe the outsides of the bowl with a kitchen towel dampened with hot water. The bowl will come away easily.
8. Keep the cake out of the freezer for at least 10 minutes before slicing, depending on how hot your region is. Slice with a sharp knife, dipped in hot water.


shelley c. said...

Happy birthday to your son - what a fantastic birthday cake! Love the flavors that he chose - pretty sophisticated palate, too! :) The bombe looks beautiful. Awesome job on the challenge.

Amanda said...

I'm really taken by these flavours - I love both dulce de lece and cherries! Great job, it looks delicious.

s said...

what a beautiful cake...love it!

Lisa said...

What a great B-Day cake for your son and the flavors he chose are absolutely delicious (dulce de leche is one of my 4 food groups lol)! It turned out gorgeous and your photos are perfection!