Pandan & Coconut Cream Swiss Roll

Pandan & Coconut Cream Swiss Roll

I like to think this recipe is pretty standard in that it can be used in any sponge cake setting. All is needed is a little tweaking. Want a richer sponge that can be used as a cupcake? Add some butter. Maybe you want something healthier? Replace all the fat with some olive oil. Maybe you want a coffee sponge or a layered plain vanilla cake? In that case, simply fold some of those flavours in! Maybe you want more of a moussey chocolatey flavour? Just add some melted chocolate. Point is, it doesn’t really matter if you tweak a recipe. Many people think baking has to be super exact but it really doesn’t matter too much.

Pandan & Coconut Cream Swiss Roll

The following recipe is for a pandan swiss roll. Minus the flavouring it can be used however you like. It produces a light moist sponge. If you prefer a sponge with more substance, you can simply use 2 eggs instead of 3. Actually, if you don’t require your sponge to be super light you can simply dump all the ingredients in a bowl and mix for a few minutes! Et voilà!

Pandan & Coconut Cream Swiss Roll

Pandan Sponge

160°C / 15 – 20 minutes

1. Combine 3 eggs + 100g sugar in a bowl and set over a bain marie.

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Birthday Cake – Layered sponge with fresh cream, plums and mixed berry

I made this cake for my dad’s birthday today. Trying to be adventurous I attempted to make an orange flavoured buttercream for the first time but it didn’t go so well. The meringue looked alright but after adding the butter it went all grainy and horrible.. So back to my usual, fresh whipped cream! Luckily I had a few plums in the fridge so I chopped those up finely and mixed it through. I then scattered a few on top along with a few berries. In fact, I think it looks better than it would’ve otherwise!

Unfortunately I made the cake the night before and the fresh fruit went a little limp but it tasted good in the end and that’s good enough for me. I’ve listed my (first!) recipe which isn’t really a recipe but more a rough account of what I did.

Dad's birthday cake audreysjl

Dad's birthday cake audreysjl

The recipe is for a basic sponge. All in cup measurements (and to be honest it doesn’t really matter too much if it’s not too precise). Makes 1 small cake.  Continue reading