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Black Forest Swiss Roll Cake

Black Forest Swiss Roll made of soft chocolate chiffon, luscious whipped cream, and sweet cherries for the ultimate snack or dessert. Moist, creamy, and chocolatey, it’s the perfect sweet treat for every day and special occasions.

Hello, everyone! This is Sanna and I am back with another classic treat for you!

Black Forest Swiss Roll Cake

We all know and love that famous cake, Black Forest, sold at popular Filipino bakeshops. This moist and chocolatey cake with whipped cream and sweet cherries has been a favorite part at many Filipino gatherings and celebrations for many generations.

Today I’m going to share with you a Swiss roll version I’m sure you’ll love just as much. It’s perfect when you need a smaller cake for a simple get-together or want a variation from the usual round cake.

And it makes the perfect hostess gift, too!  Bring a homemade, from-scratch Black Forest swiss roll to your next party and it’s sure to impress. It’s as pretty as it is delicious!

How to Make Black Forest Swiss Roll

Preparing The Baking Pan

  • Grease a 12 x 18-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper, tucking in the corners and leaving about an inch overhang on all sides.
  • Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. This is to ensure easy removal of the cake.

Making The Chiffon Cake

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine chocolate with water and cocoa powder. Cook, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the salt.
  • In another bowl, stir together yolks, oil, and the cooled chocolate mixture.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the yolk mixture and stir into a smooth and slightly thick batter.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand-held mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  • With a rubber spatula, add about 1/2 cup of the meringue (egg whites) to the yolk batter and stir it to thin down the yolk batter a bit. Fold the remaining meringue in three additions to the yolk batter. Stir gently until the mixture is uniform in color.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and using an offset spatula, spread into an even layer. Lightly tap the baking pan on the counter to smooth out any bubbles. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for about 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This is a very thin cake so you don’t it to overcook.
  • Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack, and let cool.

Making The Whipped Cream

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups of heavy cream and 1/4 cup icing sugar. Beat the mixture until it is thick and fluffy.
  • Transfer to a bowl and chill in the fridge uncovered until ready to assemble the cake.

Assembling and Rolling the Cake

  • When the cake has cooled down, sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder all over the top of the cake.
  • Cover the cake with a piece of parchment paper and then top with a baking pan of the same size. Turn the pan with the cake over, remove the baking pan, and carefully peel off the parchment paper.
  • Reposition the parchment paper over the cake and top it with another baking pan. Invert once more so that the cake is facing right side up again and resting on an inverted baking pan.
  • Brush 4 tablespoons of the soaking cherry liquid on the surface of the cake.
  • Spoon half of the whipped cream filling on top, and using an offset spatula, spread evenly.
  • Arrange the cherries in a single layer over the cream filling, reserving 5 to 6 pieces for the garnish later.
  • With the short edge close to you, lift the parchment paper and start to roll the cake forward. As you roll, let the parchment paper naturally lift the cake until you reach the other end.
  • Close the seams of the roll with the cake still wrapped in the parchment paper. Press the cake with your hands as needed, to reinforce the shape.
  • Transfer the cake to a serving rectangular dish and gently unwrap.
  • Spoon whipped cream on the cake and using an offset spatula, smooth out the cream and spread fully cover the roll.
  • Spoon the remaining whipped cream to a piping bag and pipe swirls or flowers along the length of the cake.
  • Top each swirl with a piece of cherry.
  • Garnish the cake all over with chocolate shavings. Use chopsticks or a wide spatula to easily add the shavings on the cake without smooshing them.

Additional Tips on How to Make Swiss Roll

  • For maximum, make sure the eggs are at room temperature prior to whipping and the mixing bowl is clean and grease-free.
  • A properly beaten egg whites mixture form firm and stiff peaks that are glossy. To test, tip the bowl over, the meringue should not drip.
  • When folding the meringue to the yolk batter, use a rubber spatula to keep from deflating the beaten egg whites. To fold, gently cut through the mixture with the spatula and scrape down and under the mixture. Bring the spatula up to the surface and repeat the mixing until the color of the batter is uniform.

How to Make Chocolate Shavings

  • In a small bowl, heat three ounces of chocolate and two teaspoons of butter in the microwave at 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval until smooth.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread the melted chocolate very thinly on an inverted non-stick baking pan and allow to set.
  • Use a metal spatula to scrape off the chocolate from the pan, creating curls. Use a chopstick or a wide spatula to transfer the chocolate shavings on the cake.

I hope you give this Black Forest Swiss Roll cake recipe a try. Follow the steps and tips above and you’ll find that making cake rolls is fun and not complicated at all. You can also try this easy Filipino sponge roll, Pianono or these mini ube mamon cakes.


For the Chocolate Chiffon Cake

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder + 2 tablespoons more for dusting the cake
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the Whipped Cream and Cherry Filling

  • 2 cups heavy cream, very cold
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries in syrup, drained with 4 tbsp of the syrup reserved.

For the Chocolate Shavings

  • 3 ounces chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons butter

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