Swiss Roll Recipe

Swiss Roll Recipe

swiss roll recipe
Swiss Roll Recipe

Swiss Roll recipe ~ a traditional, old fashioned tea time treat that is also served as a dessert. It is one those easy dessert recipes prepared with sponge cake. Swiss rolls are part of most Indian bakeries and a favorite among kids and adults alike. Nehal is very fond of jam filled swiss rolls and he asked me to bake them for his school snack. It is basically a sponge cake filled with a delicate layer of jam or any creamy filling like chocolate or strawberry buttercream or whipped cream. You can use any filling of your choice, even nutella and ganache.

I adapted the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes baking blog and Heather has included a cool video on how to bake, fill and roll the cake. Do watch it before you start making the swiss roll. Just follow the instructions to the T and you will have a pretty swiss roll in minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Swiss Roll with Jam

Swiss Roll Recipe

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 8

 Main Ingredients:

  •  flour
  •   eggs
  •   jam


  •   Eggs - 4
  •   Sugar - 3/4 cup, fine granulated sugar
  •   Buttermilk - 2 tbsps
  •   Oil - 1 tbsp
  •   Cider vinegar - 1 tsp
  •   Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  •   All purpose flour - 1 cup
  •   Baking powder - 1 tsp
  •   Salt - pinch
  •   Filling:
  •   Jam of your choice or Whipped cream
  •   Cherries for garnish (optional)

Method for making Swiss Roll Recipe

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease a 9x13 jelly-roll pan and line with parchment paper and grease over the parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with a hand mixer for 5 minutes. Do not skip this part. The whipped eggs will have a pale light color and have volume like cake batter.
Continue to beat with hand mixer while slowly adding sugar and oil to the whipped eggs. Next, add buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla extract
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredents slowly and fold. Do not beat or overmix.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and tilt pan to distribute the batter evenly. Bake for 12 to 15 mts. Check after 10 mts. The cake will be golden brown, well risen and spongy on touch.
While the cake is baking, sprinkle some powdered sugar over a cotton tea towel and rub the sugar into the towel with your hand.
Once the cake is baked, immediately turn it over on the tea towel. Peel off the parchment paper, sprinkle some powdered sugar all over and immediately roll cake into the tea towel, beginning at the narrow end. Roll tightly and as evenly as possible. Place the rolled cake on a wire rack seam-side down and allow to cool completely.
Once the cake has cooled, carefully unroll the cake and spread any fruit jam of your choice or whipped cream leaving 1/2" along the edges and top of the cake. (I used mixed fruit jam). Roll the cake away from you tightly, wrap the cake in plastic wrap and set in the fridge for an hour or two.
When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar and cut into pieces with a serrated knife
Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and maraschino cherries.


  •   Most jams can be used to fill the cake. Whipped cream, buttercream can also be used on their own or with jam.


Swiss roll recipe is a party pleaser and one the easy dessert recipes made with sponge cake and jam. The fillings can be jam, marmalade, nutella or cream.
  • Hema Priyanka

    In most of the desserts, whipped cream or fresh cream is used. Where can I get this? or how to make it at home?

    • Dev

      Please See: It is difficult to make cream at home. I would advise you to buy it from any super mart. Amul cream would do fine for the recipe

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Whipped cream is available in few baking ingredients supply stores in most cities across the country. There are many brands like Rich’s, Golden Mark, Tropolite etc.

  • Nandita

    The swiss roll has turned out so perfect!!! Loved the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Srinivasan Sampathkumar

    Yummy., We call it as Jam Roll Cake in our Bakery Shop. Thanks for this recipe.

  • Neha

    LOVED the recipe. This one is my mom’s favourite. We are having a get together of friends this weekend and I was planning on taking this there. Since we are traveling, I wanted to know if this will stay for a couple days?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, it will stay good for at least 3 days.

  • gayathri

    i have been searching for a recipe of basic vanilla spongecake for a while . soo happy to find it here. but i hav a query . is the cider vinegar absolutely necessary? or can i replace it with synthetic vinegar?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      You can use normal synthetic vinegar or lemon juice.

      • gayathri

        thank you for replying ma’m ๐Ÿ™‚ gonna try it 2day

      • gayathri

        i tried it today.since i was making this recipe d first tym, i halved the recipe. it turned out to be awsome !!! i love the spongecake .dis recipe is definityely a keeper!! ๐Ÿ™‚ i hav tried a few spongecake recipes before but all of them used butter or they shrunk too much after they cooled . but this recipe is just awsome didnt shrink 2 much and its light and spongy…. will defntly make it again . i am sooo happy i found ur blog ma’m . tomorrow i m going 2 try ur chocolate cake recipe . thanks 4 such lovely recipes . ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jilmil

    Tried ur Swiss roll recipe n it came out extremely well ….thanks….here’s a link to the photograph of the Swiss roll made by following ur recipe…thetips came in quite handy…thanks a ton ๐Ÿ™‚ : Thanks for the recipe…tried it n it came out real good…the tips came in quite handy….once again thanks a ton….

  • Liji John

    can i use yoghurt instead of buttermilk?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, dilute the yogurt and use.

  • sneh lata

    Can we make it eggless……….how