Spiced roulade with vanilla buttercream

27 May


I fell in love with the book ‘Bake – Essential Companion’ by pastry queen Alison Thompson after borrowing it from the library and my lovely hubby surprised with a copy of my own for mother’s day last year.

If you’re a baking fanatic like me you’ll have hours of kitchen fun with this book. I’d never attempted a roulade until this one and I must say, I was very nervous. I did have a few problems with cracks in my cake and totally panicked until the Hungry Dad came to my rescue [swoon] and solved the issue with some ingenious use of plastic wrap. And the finished product was utterly delectable. I omitted the original recipe’s ¼ teaspoon ground cloves as my pantry was clove-free.



2 eggs

60g butter, diced, softened

250g golden syrup

110g plain flour

75g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon bicarb

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 tablespoons milk

50g caster sugar

vanilla buttercream

150g butter, softened, diced

120g icing sugar

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped.



Preheat oven to 180C and line a 20cmx30cm baking tray with baking paper.

In bowl of electric mixer beat butter until smooth, then add golden syrup and sift in flours, bicarb and spices.

Add eggs and mix well, then add milk and mix until combine.

Spread batter over tray and bake 12-15ish minutes then remove and stand for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle a large piece of baking paper with the caster sugar then gently turn the cake onto the paper. Starting from a long side roll the cake into a log with the aid of the paper.

Leave for 10 minutes then unroll the cake and allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile make the vanilla buttercream: In bowl of electric mixer beat everything until pale and creamy.

Spread over the cake then roll up. Place seam on the underside to serve.

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50 Responses to “Spiced roulade with vanilla buttercream”

  1. Gary Lum May 27, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    That looks delicious.

  2. easycraftsforchildren May 27, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Looks delicious !

  3. Lisa Warren (@heyLisaWarren) May 27, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    That looks seriously yummy! Love the story behind the recipe Belle…and the super cute photo of your daughter’s written inscription.

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks Lis! Yes, poor Lucy forgot to sign her name, and instead wrote ‘love’ twice 🙂 Seeing as she was only 4 at the time I’ll forgive her 🙂

  4. theveryhungrybaker May 27, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    That looks ace! I’m far too terrified of breakages to make roulades/Swiss rolls, but you’ve certainly pulled it off!

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Trust me, I *was* terrified! Thank goodness the Hungry Dad was on hand to help me – I panicked when it cracked 🙂

  5. ohlidia May 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Looks utterly delish!

  6. sweetbakedlife May 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Beautiful presentation…looks so good!

  7. tastytreats13 May 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    How delicious!

  8. Lucy May 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    This looks delicious – the only roulades I’ve ever tried have been chocolate or meringue so this looks like a great new twist.

    • thehungrymum June 11, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Thank you. Always good to try a new recipe!

  9. Liz May 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Looks so good and what a fun book. Thanks for recommend 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks Liz! This is such a fab book, I heartily recommend it.

  10. ladyredspecs May 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Beautiful! Makes me think of honey roll from my childhood, I’ll try this trip down memory lane.

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2013 at 7:35 am #

      Oooh, I haven’t had honey roll for *decades*. Yum!

  11. FreeFlowFoodie May 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Yum yum yum

  12. lazylauramaisey May 28, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    The cup of tea in the first picture makes this recipe a winner for me! 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2013 at 7:35 am #

      hehehe! You’re SO English!

      • lazylauramaisey May 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

        Who? Me?…. I don;t what you could possibly mean. *sip, sip*

  13. Little Gumnut May 28, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    oooh and fwarrrrr! yum!

  14. Cate's Kitchen Adventures May 28, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    THAT LOOKS AMAZING!!! I now have a terrible craving… So you’ve probably figured it out by now but I’ve nominated you for an award, cause you know, I love your stuff!

  15. Choc Chip Uru May 29, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    I need a taste of this right now, it looks delicious 😀


  16. gottagetbaked May 30, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Mmm…I love anything warm ‘n spicy like this. I’ve never made a roulade before. This looks absolutely delicious!

  17. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) May 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Oh butter cream, sort of old school, I love it.

  18. ParentingIsFunny May 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Wow. Wow. Wow.

  19. Pinner Vanilla June 2, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Wow! Lovely…

  20. thisismelly June 3, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    looks amazing! yum!

    • thehungrymum June 3, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      ta! Is very spicy & warming – perfect for winter.

  21. Sisters in the Kitchen June 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I’ve yet to make a roulade, this one looks great.

    • thehungrymum June 10, 2013 at 2:24 am #

      Yes, this was my first attempt. Bit tricky but worth it 🙂

  22. Phoebe June 10, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    One my fave cookbook s too!

    • thehungrymum June 10, 2013 at 4:58 am #

      Oh wow – you have great taste in cookbooks 🙂

  23. Sophie33 June 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Waw, that sounds like a great baking book ! This roullade stuffed looks amazing, tasty & fabulous even! Really appetizing too!

    • thehungrymum June 11, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      It is just an amazing book – highly recommend it if it is available in Europe 🙂

  24. JJ - 84thand3rd June 12, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Oh I do love a good spice cake!

    • thehungrymum June 13, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      Me too! Makes a lovely change from choc/banana/butter cakes.

  25. girlinafoodfrenzy June 15, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Actually looks pretty perfect from this end! No doubt, you were very pleased hungry dad came to the rescue though… I’m sure it was because this roulade smelt amazing too!

  26. Christine (@cookingcrusade) June 17, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    This looks delectably good! They remind me of those soft ginger kisses cookies that I’m absolutely addicted to (I can eat about six in about a minute)! Soft gingery delicious cake with a vanilla frosting. YUM!

  27. URBAN BAKES July 15, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Cakes are my favorite and your cake looks delicious! I’m amazed at how great the roll cake turned out. I’ve been wanting to make one for a little while now and to be honest I’m kind of worried it will crack while being rolled. One day I’ll try it.. one day.:)

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you! Just take a deep breath and do it! Or be a big wuss like me and get your significant other to do the scary/tricky bit – I love some outsourcing 🙂

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