Bake Off bake along!

Last Wednesday was an exciting day for bakers and cake lovers, Great British Bake Off returned for series 5! Lots of you might know that I applied to be on GBBO this year and I was pretty disappointed to not be competing in the tent. So instead of just sitting through every episode and saying “I could do that!”, I’m going to bake along!

Episode one involved the bakers take on three cake challenges, firstly the Swiss Roll Signature Bake, then trying to replicate Mary Berry’s Cherry Cake for the Technical Challenge and then baking 36 mini British cakes for the Showstopper. Now, my Grandma’s Cherry Cake is pretty hard to beat and I don’t have 36 mini cake tins, so I decided to bake a Swiss Roll – something I have never baked before.

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I made a Chocolate Swiss Roll with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Curd. I was surprised by how quick and easy the cake mixture was to make, the challenging bit was the rolling and in true GBBO fashion it didn’t go quite to plan! My cake ended up with one quite major crack which ended up being cemented back together with plenty of whipped cream and some of the outside of the cake ended up sticking to the baking paper but a quick sprinkle of icing sugar managed to disguise that! I think Mary and Paul would have been impressed by the swirl and it doesn’t taste bad either!

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Chocolate Swiss Roll with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Curd

Recipe from Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book


4 large egg

100g caster sugar

65g self-raising flour

40g cocoa

For the filling:

150ml double cream, whipped

raspberry curd or jam

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7 and grease and line a Swiss roll tin (33 x 23 cm).
  2. Whisk together the eggs and the sugar until they are really light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa into the egg mixture and carefully fold them in, use a metal spoon and try not to knock out all the air.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking lay out a sheet of baking paper and sprinkle it with a bit of caster sugar.
  6. When the cake is ready take it out of the oven and turn it out on to the baking paper straight away and peel off the paper from the bottom.
  7. Trim the edges of the cake with a knife and roll it up, with the paper inside, while it is still hot and then leave to cool.
  8. When the cake is cool, carefully unroll it and spread on your filling.
  9. To finish off roll the cake back up without the paper.


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4 thoughts on “Bake Off bake along!

  1. Connor also wants to follow along so I think we’ll try your recipe tomorrow and leave you a picture! Xxx

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