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Chocolate Roulade

Gluten Free Chocolate Roulade

300ml Double Cream
40g Cocoa
4 x large eggs - separated
175g Caster Sugar
2 tbsp plus extra for dustingIcing Sugar

Large bowl, Sieve, Electric Whist, spatula, cooling tray

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Brush a swiss roll tin with oil (30x20cm, 2.5 deep).  Line it with baking paper, cutting the corners at a diagonal so the corners are neat.  Then brush the baking paper with oil lightly.  If the tin isn't 2.5cm high, then simply bring the greaseproof paper up to that height.
  3. Whisk the egg whites very stiffly and place them to one side.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl until they until they are foamy and very pale in colour.  Add the caster sugar & continue to whist until the mixture becomes thick & leaves a trail.  
  5. Sieve the cocoa into the egg yolks & fold in thoroughly.  Once incorporated, then fold in the egg whites until mixed.  You are trying to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.
  6. Pour & spread out the mixture in the prepared tin.
  7. Bake the cake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes until it feels firm all over when lightly touched.*
  8. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin.  Then place the cooling tray on the cake & tip over.  Remove the baking paper.  Cover with a clean damp teatowel or clingfilm for an hour or so before filling.  This helps to prevent cracking.
  9. Sweeten the cream with some icing sugar.  This is upto preference, but 1-2 tbsp should do the trick and whip up the cream until it is thick but don't over do it.  
  10. Remove the damp teatowel, and place the chocolate cake on a baking sheet & carefully spread it with the cream.  Roll up the cake like a swiss roll.  Dust the cake heavily with icing sugar. *

A couple of things I did differently:

*7 - Baked at 170 instead

*10 - Removed the damp tea towel, place it to the side of the chocolate cake & then transfer the chocolate cake onto the damp teatowel 'face' down.  Covered with cream & then used the tea towel to help roll the roulade up like a swiss roll. 

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