How to Master the Art of Baking Roulades

EEliza February 15, 2024 7:01 AM

The art of baking roulades can seem daunting, but with a little guidance and a sprinkle of patience, you can master this baking skill in no time. Baked to perfection, a well-made roulade can be the showstopper of any gathering, impressing everyone with its delightful swirls and delectable filling.

The basics of roulade baking

Roulades are essentially sponge cakes rolled with a filling, whether sweet or savory. The key to a perfect roulade lies in the sponge cake's texture—it should be light, flexible, and not too sweet. It's also crucial to roll the roulade without causing any cracks. But don't worry, we've got you covered with some expert tips and tricks.

Ingredients required

Here's what you'll need to get started with your roulade:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • Filling of your choice

Step-by-step roulade baking guide

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour over the mixture and fold in carefully.
  4. Pour into the tin and gently spread out the mixture.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and springy to touch.
  6. Sprinkle a clean tea towel with caster sugar, turn the cake out onto it, and peel away the paper.
  7. While still warm, roll up the cake with the towel inside, and let it cool.
  8. Once cool, unroll the cake, spread your filling, and roll it back up—without the towel this time!

Common mistakes in baking roulades

  • Overbaking the sponge: This can lead to a dry sponge that cracks when rolled. Keep a strict eye on your oven.
  • Not rolling the sponge while warm: If you wait until it cools, the sponge may crack. Roll it while it's still warm, with the towel inside to help it keep its shape.
  • Overfilling the roulade: Too much filling can cause the roulade to burst. Less is more in this case.

There you have it! A step-by-step guide on how to master the art of baking roulades. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be disheartened if your first few attempts aren't flawless.

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