Have you ever wondered how the contestants on the Great British Baking show make their Swiss roll cakes so much fancier than the plain chocolate rolls you can buy in the store? I have. And not just because I wanted to know what a proper Swiss roll tasted like – because those mini cakes barely count.
So I did some research and talked to some bakers for ideas on up-leveling a standard Swiss roll – and voila. A vanilla Cheetah Swiss roll cake recipe with step-by-step instructions. Because the best recipes have easy to follow instructions!
How to Make a Vanilla Cheetah Swiss Roll Cake
Now, if you’d like a different flavor? That’s awesome. Feel free to substitute out the vanilla mix for a chocolate one – or swap out the frosting for an orange creme pat. But first, let’s make sure we’ve got the basics down by sticking with vanilla – so we can focus on the aesthetic!
Just because it’s “plain vanilla” doesn’t mean this is an easy cake to make. In fact, it’s quite technically challenging.
Swiss Roll Ingredients
- 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 C sour cream
- 1/4 C water
- 1/4 C canola oil
- 1 brown gel food coloring
- 1 black gel food coloring
- 2 squeeze bottles
- 1 large disposable piping bag
- 2 small bowls
- 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper
- 1 1/3 C cool whip
- 1 container of french vanilla frosting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Using a standing mixer, beat eggs on high speed until thick and lemon colored for about 6-8 minutes
- Beat in the cake mix, sour cream, water and oil for 1 minute
- Scoop 3/4 C of batter into the two bowls
- Mix in 2-4 drops of brown food color and mix till combined
- Mix in 5-7 drops of black food color and mix till combined
- Scoop the colored batters into their own bottles
- Designing the cake directions
- Using the black squeeze bottle, pipe out the outer rings of the cheetah's spots
- Using the brown squeeze bottle, fill in the black spots
- Scoop the non colored batter into the piping bag
- Cover entire cookie sheet and carefully spread evenly making sure to not ruin the spots
- Place into the oven to bake for 8-11 minutes or until the top springs back
- Sprinkle powdered sugar onto a clean kitchen towel and place onto the top of the cake
- Flip cake over and peel parchment paper carefully off the cake
- Roll the cake and towel up into a log
- Allow to cool for 1 hour
- Using a large bowl, fold together the cool whip and frosting until combined and smooth
- Building the cake directions
- Carefully unroll the cake and spread the filling evenly
- Slowly re-roll the cake back into a log and place into the fridge for 2 hours overnight
- Cut into slices and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 96mgSodium 370mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 1gSugar 24gProtein 5g
This nutrition data was automatically calculated and they most definitely didn't show me their work.
Enjoy your Swiss Roll!
PHEW. That was a lot of hard work. And if you’re impatient like a certain ginger we both know, then it’s even harder to wait overnight for your Swiss roll to set. You can serve it early, but it makes it lots more likely that it’ll crack or fall apart as you serve it.
So if you want it to be Paul Hollywood level, let the darn cake rest overnight in your fridge.
Related Topics and Recipes:
- Make it a night to celebrate all sorts of English and Scottish baking – with these delicious mini meat pies before dessert!
- Don’t want a meat pie? Try this minced meat and tatties recipe instead.
- See all of my recipes here – or just skip right ahead to the Scottish inspired recipes.
- Create the perfect space to eat your Swiss roll cake – by creating and planting your very own deck garden.
- Enjoy the evening by sending the kids off on their very own boredom-busting summer activities and adventures.