Last week we celebrated our little boy’s half first birthday…that’s a whole six months he’s been here with us, fitting into our quirky family life! People tell you that your second child will just blend in naturally to your family and this little man certainly has and now it’s hard to remember a time when he wasn’t even here.
So to celebrate Finn’s half birthday I made a Sprinkle Swiss Roll (any excuse to make and eat cake!!). Unfortunately the little man couldn’t have any. He’s still getting to grips with puréed fruit and veg but the rest of us were happy to help him out in demolishing the swiss roll!
1 – Do not overcook the cake. If you are unsure about the timing it’s much better to undercook it by a minute rather than overcook it.
2 – While the cake is still warm, roll it up with the baking parchment still inside and leave it to cool in that rolled up shape. This will make rolling the cake with the filling inside much much easier as the cake has a ‘memory’ of the shape that it should take.
A simple swiss roll with a raspberry jam filling, covered in vanilla buttercream and topped with sprinkles
- 100g caster sugar
- 3 medium eggs
- 100g plain flour, sieved
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 1/2 tbsp raspberry jam
- 175g icing sugar
- 100g butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 80g sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease and line a tin with baking parchment.
- Whisk the sugar and eggs together until pale and fluffy. Fold in the flour and baking powder with a rubber spatula.
- Once mixed, pour the cake mixture into the tin and use the spatula to smooth it down. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Place a fresh piece of baking parchment onto a worksurface or table. Remove the cake from the oven and tip it upside down out of the tin, directly onto the fresh paper. You can then carefully peel off the original piece of parchment from the cake.
- Trim any sides of the cake that are crispy or slightly overcooked. Then roll the cake up with the new parchment inside. Leave the cake to cool in that rolled up position.
- While the cake is cooling make the frosting by beating the butter until it is creamy. Add the icing sugar a little at a time and when it has reached your desired consistency, add the vanilla extract.
- Gently unroll the cake and spread the jam on top. Carefully roll the cake back into shape and spread the frosting all over cake. Quickly add the sprinkles before the icing starts to harden.