Thursday, January 1, 2009

Vanilla, chocolate, peach roll cake

Let's start 2009 out right, with a delicious roll cake. I love roll cakes because they look so labor intensive, but they aren't! Spread them with whatever you want, plop some ganache on top, and ooooooh, fancy! This one is a vanilla cake, spread with peach marmalade, spread with a vanilla whipped filling (a la Kate's faux Ho-Hos), drizzled with a chocolate vanilla ganache. Sounds good? I want to start this year off on a good, sweet note!
 Vanilla Roll Cake

4 eggs, separated
3/4 c sugar (if you have it, use vanilla sugar - sugar that you've stuck a vanilla bean or two in)
1 T vanilla
3/4 c flour mix
1/4 t xanthan gum
1 t baking powder
big pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a jellyroll pan (I just used a cookie sheet) with parchment paper or a silpat. Beat the egg whites until stiff. In another bowl, beat the yolks until light and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla and stir to combine. Whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt, then mix into the yolks. Fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the yolk mixture to lighten, then fold everything into the egg whites just until combined. Spread evenly in your pan, bake 8-10 minutes. 

When cake is cool enough to handle, turn out onto a clean dish towel (or, a wax paper lined dish towel if you have pets) and roll up tightly. Let cool seam side down. When cool, and your fillings are ready, unroll and remove top layer of wax paper or parchment paper, spread filling(s) evenly over cake, and roll up, using the outer layer of wax paper as a guide.

Vanilla Whipped Filling

1/2 c sugar (again, use vanilla sugar if you have it)
2/3 c shortening
1 T vanilla
1/3 c milk (or vanilla soymilk)
1 c powdered sugar

Combine the sugar, shortening, vanilla and milk in the bowl of your stand mixer. Turn to medium and let it run for 6-7 minutes, until it starts to come together. Trust me, it will. Add in the powdered sugar, and let the mixer run on medium another 5 minutes or so. 

Unroll cake from towel, remove top layer of paper, and spread evenly with about 1 c of jam of your choice. I used homemade peach marmalade, you can heat it up a bit if your is too thick. Spread with vanilla whipped filling, and roll cake up again using bottom paper as an aid. Roll cake onto a piece of wax paper, seam side down, and pour ganache over. Let the cake sit a few hours in the fridge until set. 
Chocolate Vanilla Ganache
1/2 c white chocolate chips
1/2 c milk chocolate chips
1 T butter
1 T cream
2 t vanilla

Combine everything in a microwavable bowl, heat, stirring every 30 seconds, until everything is melted and smooth. Pour immediately over cake, smoothing with a knife or spatula to even out spots. 


  1. Anonymous5:59 PM

    I feel like I've seen numerous recipes for roll cakes lately. Not that I'm complaining, I do love sweets. And this one looks delicious. :)

  2. this looks really wonderful!
    did you use a ready made flour mix, was it a cake mix, or do you think one could make ones own too. what would you recommend? Too may questions. :) I'm new to gluten free baking and don't always get all the ingrredients so easily. Thanks!

  3. Kalinda - It's that time of year! Most American Yule Logs are roll cakes, and while this one isn't, it could be!

    PG - I rarely use a store bought flour mix, I make my own. The flour mix that I use is on the right side of the page. I use it pretty much cup for cup replacing wheat flour in recipes, except for bread.

  4. Oh wow, that looks GOOD!! I've never tried a roll, even before going GF. It's on my list now! :)