Raspberry Cream Roll

Raspberry Cream Roll

Raspberry Cream Roll served on a blue platter with a slice served on a white plate.

Raspberry Cream Roll

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Raspberry Cream Roll screams spring, but as I write this post I look outside to a grey and windy day with a forecast of snow. It’s recipes such as this that keep me focused and looking forward. In this case, forward to better weather, summer days and fresh berries.

This lovely dessert is a classic combination of a vanilla jelly roll laced with raspberry jam, however, it is anything but ordinary. The raspberry jam layer has the addition of Chambord liqueur for a vibrant punch of raspberry flavour, and the cream filling is a luscious combination of mascarpone and whipped cream. It’s a wonderful combination served with lightly macerated mixed berries.

A prepared jelly roll ready for the oven in preparation for Raspberry Cream Roll.

What makes a good jelly roll? Getting lots of volume in the beaten eggs and sugar will ensure your jelly roll is light and spongy. Only mix in the dry ingredients until combined and smooth, don’t over mix after this addition. Allowing the jelly roll to rest for about 10 minutes before rolling will prevent it from deflating itself from its own weight when rolled. Keep in mind you need to roll the cake while warm to prevent cracking but rolling while “hot” out of the oven will result in a flat jelly roll. I find the time it takes to loosen the cake from the edges of the pan, gather together the kitchen towel, sifter and powdered sugar is about enough cooling time to flip over the jelly roll, trim the edges and roll it while warm without cracking or deflation.

The end result is a light and airy cake with a smooth surface that’s begging to be dusted with powdered sugar for the perfect finish. It’s the kind of dessert you want to show off to your guests and one that you’ll want to make again and again.

Raspberry Cream Roll served on a light blue platter garnished with fresh berries.
A close up slice of Raspberry Cream Roll served on a white plate.

Raspberry Cream Roll sliced and topped with fresh macerated berries on a pink background.
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Raspberry Cream Roll

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people

Ingredients

Cake Roll

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • as needed powdered sugar

Filling

  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 tbsp Chambord optional
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Cake Roll

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 10"x15"x1" baking tray with parchment. Spray the sides with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • Whip eggs until thick and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar until combined. Beat in water and vanilla at low speed until incorporated.
  • Add flour mixture and beat until combined and smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread out evenly using an off-set spatula. Tap pan once or twice lightly on the counter to remove any large air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 15-16 minutes until center is set and cake is golden.
  • Remove cake from oven and loosen cake from edges using a sharp knife. While the cake is warm (not hot, see note) dust top of the cake generously with sifted powdered sugar. Invert cake onto a clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment by peeling off at a sharp angle. Trim cake edges.
  • Starting at the short end, roll the cake up tightly in the kitchen towel. Allow the cake to cool completed before final assembly.

Filling and Assembly

  • While the cake is cooling whisk jam until smooth and stir in Chambord if using.
  • Beat whipping cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Carefully unroll cooled cake and spread evenly with jam mixture. Dollop whip cream mixture over the jam and spread evenly over the jam.
  • Roll the cake back up as tightly as possible without squishing out the filling. Trim the ends evenly and dust the cake roll with sifted powdered sugar. Transfer cake to a serving platter and cut into thick slices. Serve immediately with fresh macerated berries of choice. If serving at a later time, move the cake to your serving platter and cover ends with plastic wrap and then the entire cake with plastic wrap. Keep chilled until ready to serve. When ready to serve, dust with sifted powdered sugar and cut into thick slices.

Notes

-It is important to note that the cake should be warm and not "hot" when removing from the pan, inverting and rolling.  Most recipes don't indicate this, but if you rush and roll the cake while it is hot, it will flatten itself because it's still very soft.  I'm not talking about a lot of time difference, 5 minutes in the pan and taking some care loosening it before flipping and care taken to remove the parchment and trim the cake is enough time for the cake to be set enough to roll without excessive flattening yet warm enough to prevent cracking. 

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Raspberry Swirl Cake

Raspberry Swirl Cake

Where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that I ventured into the world of food blogging, yet April 24, 2018 marks two years of being “Compelled To Cook”.  To celebrate, I’ve whipped up a super easy and rather delicious Raspberry Swirl Cake.  It’s topped with mascarpone whipped cream and so lovely served with fresh raspberries and a drizzle of the extra raspberry sauce.  

Only after two years do I feel like I’m just starting to get the hang of this hobby of food blogging.   By that I’m referring to the basics of food photography, writing and posting. I’ve yet to delve into video, monetizing, pod casts etc.  There’s still so much to learn and do, but I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s been a great journey so far and I’m excited for what the next couple of years will bring when I can hone my current skills and learn new ones.  In the meantime, I hope you join me in enjoying this beautiful Raspberry Swirl Cake in celebration of my blog’s 2nd birthday.  Happy Birthday to me!!

Recipe source for Raspberry Swirl Cake:  Inspired from Live Love and Sugar, Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake

Raspberry Swirl Cake
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    Servings Prep Time
    12-16 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    50-60 minutes 3 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    12-16 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    50-60 minutes 3 hours
    Raspberry Swirl Cake
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      12-16 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      50-60 minutes 3 hours
      Servings Prep Time
      12-16 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      50-60 minutes 3 hours
      Ingredients
      Raspberry Sauce
      Cake
      Mascarpone Whipped Cream
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      Raspberry Sauce
      1. Combine raspberries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until berries have cooked down and mixture is bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to berries, stirring until combined and mixture returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much sauce as possible. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Yields approximately 3/4 cup.
      Cake
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and position rack in centre of oven. Prepare a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" cake pan by spraying with non stick spray and lining bottom with parchment paper.
      2. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat sugar and oil together using a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment or an electric hand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each. Beat until light, about 1 minute. Add milk, vanilla and flour mixture. Whisk on medium/high until smooth, scraping bowl once, about 1 minute. With mixer running on low, slowly add water. Increase speed and mix until water is incorporated, scraping the bowl once.
      3. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and drizzle with 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Pour on remaining batter and repeat with another 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Using a small knife pushed to the bottom of the pan, make several figure 8's in the batter to swirl the raspberry sauce. Do not swirl or stir in excess as it will muddle the batter. You will have some raspberry sauce remaining on the top of the cake.
      4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely prior to removing from pan. When cool, invert cake and remove parchment paper, turn back upright and top with mascarpone whipped cream. Serve with extra raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.
      Mascarpone Whipped Cream
      1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a whip or electric hand held mixer, whip cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and vanilla and continue to whip on high until combined and stiff peaks form.
      Recipe Notes

      Be sure to use a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" pan.

      Kahlua Coffee Cream Cake

      Kahlua Coffee Cream Cake

      It’s my birthday! Blog birthday that is, and to celebrate I’m enjoying Kahlúa Coffee Cream Cake.  One year ago today I posted my first recipe on my website www.compelledtocook.com That’s right, I’m only one, and in blog years that’s pretty young. So much can happen in a year and it goes by in a blink!

      I first started by brushing away the cobwebs on culinary skills learned long ago but rarely used, second, I delved into the world of photography, which deserves more than I can really say here. Third, I began to dabble in recipe development and learning that I do have at least one creative bone in my body. Such a fantastic year with great food, learning, experimenting, shopping for props and of course an increase in my food budget.

      While I am a full time working one women show, that doesn’t mean I go it alone! I have an amazing husband who helps me with most all things computer related, such as back ups, photo organization, photography tips and is an honest critic who eats most everything I make….good or bad. He is my go to guy to say the least. I also have my two wonderfully furry and sometimes pestering cats, Jazz and Peanut. It’s Peanut who takes up most of the pestering category, for stealing food props, jumping on the table and being the furriest critter I’ve ever had the pleasure of loving. They keep me company during picture taking and baking and are just simply happy that I am at home. I cannot forget my co-workers who indulge me to eat up all the baked goods I bring to work.

      As I reflect on the past year, I cannot help but be excited for the next as I continue to learn, grow as a food blogger and bring my culinary skills to the forefront.

      Now, as for the cake…..I love Tiramisu, so I wanted something reminiscent of that creamy coffee dessert. Kahlúa Coffee Cream Cake is just that, with tender cake hinted with coffee and layered with a coffee ganache and coffee mascarpone frosting. It’s an adult birthday cake that’s tall and glorious with coffee flavour. Enjoy!

      Recipe source for Kahlúa Coffee Cream Cake:  Compelled To Cook

       

       

      Kahlúa Coffee Cream Cake
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        Servings
        12 people
        Servings
        12 people
        Kahlúa Coffee Cream Cake
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          Servings
          12 people
          Servings
          12 people
          Ingredients
          Cake
          Coffee syrup
          Coffee ganache
          Mascarpone frosting
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          Cake
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Spray 3 8" round cake pans with non stick spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
          2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, espresso powder and salt.
          3. Using a whisk attachment stir together sugar and oil until combined. Add one egg at a time, whisking well after each. Whisk in milk, kahlúa and vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients and whisk until starting to smooth out. With mixer running on low, slowly add boiling water and continue to mix until starting to combine. Increase speed and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute.
          4. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans, using approximately 2.5 cups of batter per pan. Tap pans lightly on counter to remove any bubbles. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in pans for 15 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
          5. Flatten out top of cakes if necessary using a serrated knife. Brush each cake with coffee syrup. Place one cake on cake board and/or cake plate. Spread half of the coffee ganache evenly over first cake layer. Top with 1/2" layer of frosting. Place second cake layer on top of first and repeat with ganache and frosting. Add top cake and spread a thin layer of frosting over entire cake. Allow cake to cool in fridge for 30-60 minutes. Frost as desired with remaining frosting and garnish with chocolate covered coffee beans. Can be served immediately or kept cool until ready to use.
          Coffee Syrup
          1. In a small pot over medium heat, whisk together all ingredients. Bring to a full boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
          Coffee ganache
          1. Heat cream until hot, either in the microwave or stovetop. Pour hot cream over chocolate and whisk until chocolate melts and is smooth. Stir in kahlúa. Allow to cool in fridge, stirring occasionally until starting to firm up but is still spreadable.
          Mascarpone frosting
          1. Beat mascarpone, powdered sugar and espresso powder until smooth. Set aside. Whip heavy cream and kahlúa until soft peaks form. Gradually add mascarpone mixture and whip until thick and smooth, being careful not to over mix. Keep chilled until ready to use.
          Recipe Notes

          Cakes will flatten slightly as they cool.