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We Should Cocoa – The Roulade Round Up

Chele’s laptop has most unfortunately decided it didn’t want to play recently, leaving her computer-less and unable to blog or do this month’s round-up. She apologises profusely and you get me instead.

When I heard roulades and Swiss rolls were the challenge for this month’s We Should Cocoa, my heart didn’t sing, it sank – I’ve not had much success with the rolling process so far. Luckily, many of you rose to the challenge and some even relished it. It was the first experience many had of rolling so thank you to all who participated – 20 in total. Some stunning results were achieved and I am truly impressed. Chele and I seemed to have faired less well than most with mine being a complete disaster. However, I shall endeavour to put this behind me and get on with admiring the results. You might expect that these rolls would all be a chocolate sponge with cream or buttercream, but oh no, with the creativity I have come to expect now, there are many interesting interpretations of a roulade – you will not get bored checking these posts out.

Look out for the next We Should Cocoa challenge which I will be posting on 1 June. So here’s the round-up in the order that they came in:

A first timer, Aida of Sniff & Snort got us off to a cracking start with this amazing multi layered roulade of dark chocolate, meringue, ganache, cream and raspberries – We Should Loco, or The Sound of Silence. I would have happily eaten each of these layers separately, I can barely imagine what eating a whole slice is like.

Meringue was also used by Suelle of Mainly Baking, but this time as the main event. She made this perfectly rolled and dairy free Hazelnut Meringue Roulade with Chocolate Olive Oil Mouse Filling.

And another perfect roll from Snowy of Cookbooks Galore, putting me completely to shame. This time we have a classic brown and white Chocolate Roulade.

Something rather different from Kath of the Ordinary Cook. She’s used ice cream in a retro relive the 70s moment with her Chocolate and Mint Arctic Roll.

Uncharacteristically as she is not known for her sweet tooth, MangoCheeks of Allotment 2 Kitchen entered into the spirit of chocolateyness and made this lovely looking White Chocolate Banoffee Roulade using her own banoffee curd.

Here’s my very own rolling disaster turned into a new form. I give you Liskeard Mess.

Chele of Chocolate Teapot wasn’t too happy with her Chocolate and Strawberry Roulade. It looked pretty good to me and sounded delicious, but I had to laugh as she was the hard task mistress who chose this challenge.

Carly of Tart to Heart also chose bananas as one of her flavourings, but with a more unusual one to accompany it. She made a well rolled and delicious sounding Malted Chocolate Banana Roulade.

Another first timer, Kate of Kate’s Cakes and Bakes put some practice in, then came up with a perfect roll. She has used amaretto and amaretti biscuits in her Chocolate and Amaretti Swiss Roll – yum!

Mel of Sharky Oven Gloves had me salivating at her mention of rum soaked raisins which was her star ingredient in Chocolate and Rum-Raisin Roulade.

White chocolate seems to have been a popular choice this month. Phil of As Strong As Soup has paired this up with hazelnuts in his perfectly rolled and delicious sounding Hazelnut and White Chocolate Roulade.

A different filling again from C of Cake, Crumbs and Cooking. She chose a classic pairing of cherries and chocolate in her Chocolate Roulade with Black Forest Buttercream and despite her worries produced a very good roll.

I was very taken with this striking Tiger Swiss Roll produced by Hannah of Corner Cottage Bakery. Orange curd was her unique ingredient and it was very well rolled too.

White Chocolate and Raspberry Roulade came from Miss Cake Baker of What I Baked This Weekend giving us yet another flavour combination. Meringue, cream, raspberries and chocolate all rolled up in one delightful piece.

Aveen of Baking Obsessively did another near perfect roll – really I’m beginning to get a complex! She used vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam in her Chocolate Swiss Roll.

Baking Addict of The More Than Occasional Baker has come up with another delectable filling. Her Chocolate Swiss Roll with Peanut Butter Filling was another successful roll and it was her first attempt too.

First timer Nic of Daydream About Food has made an Oreo and Pecan Roulade using a well rolled coffee flavoured meringue filled with crushed oreos.

Sarah of Maison Cupcake has revisited an old friend with her perfectly rolled Chocolate Passionfruit Roulade and reflected on her blogging history whilst she was at it.

Cutting it very fine indeed, The KitchenMaid did a good job of rolling her roulade – she even boasted it was easy! Rum soaked raspberries featured in Marion’s Chocolate Roulade – her sister’s recipe.

A technology hicccup meant we didn’t get this Kiss Me With Tongues Chocolate Roulade entry in from Bartelmy of the Krav Vegan until after I’d posted the round-up. A perfect roll with biscuits, peanut butter and cherries.


  1. Kate@katescakesandbakes

    29th May 2011 at 8:37 am

    Wow! What a brilliant round-up! They all look absolutely delicious, will never leave me short of inspiration for future roll fillings and is kinda making me want a roulade/roll tasting menu for breakfast! Looking forward to June’s challenge!

  2. Suelle

    29th May 2011 at 9:48 am

    Didn’t we do well? A great effort from everyone. Even the roulades which didn’t roll succesfully sound delicious.

  3. At Anna's kitchen table

    29th May 2011 at 10:40 am

    It’s lovely to see all the entries! All different, but all totally gorgeous looking!

  4. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    29th May 2011 at 10:52 am

    god, these all look totally AMAZING… I shamefully did not appear here as I ran out of time… (no excuse) and I couldn’t find a key ingredient (again no excuse) but it will be coming I promise … plus, you made a roulade for my challenge so i’m thinking of appropriating that for this!.. ha ha! xxx

  5. spontaneous-euphoria

    29th May 2011 at 12:31 pm

    these look so wonderful! im so scared of making roulades.

  6. Jacqueline

    29th May 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I am very, very impressed! I was too much of a scaredy cat to try. Don’t they all and I mean all, look wonderful?

  7. mangocheeks

    29th May 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Sorry to read about Chele’s computer, I hope whatever the problem is soon resolves itself and she is back in blogland. Thank you to YOU for hosting. You’ve doen a terrific job. I am real impressed with the creativity of the submissions – fantastic and sickly sweet!

    Looking forward to next months challenge.

  8. Mary

    29th May 2011 at 2:55 pm

    What a nice round-up. I read your post but unfortunately it does not name the posts you are having trouble viewing. I’ll take steps to correct as soon as I know. So far yours is the only problem that has been reported. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. Janice

    29th May 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Amazing roulades, don’t know why I was giving you advice when you had all these peeps to go to lol!

  10. Sonia

    29th May 2011 at 3:55 pm

    These all look so yummy! I can’t wait to try my hand at one of these babies.

  11. Angie's Recipes

    29th May 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for such a delicious cocoa roulades roundup!

  12. Michelle Peters - Jones

    29th May 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What an absolutely stunning round up Choclette… am really sad I never made it in time 🙁 That said, like I said, am still going to make mine, when I’ve had a few days to recover…

    For now, I am going to bow down in awe to all you guys 🙂

  13. C

    29th May 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Wow, what a popular challenge! Great round up Choclette, it’s really interesting to see how different everyone’s roulades look.

    Hope Chele’s computer is back up and running soon and look forward to seeing what you’re going to challenge us to next month!

  14. Kath

    29th May 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I wondered where Chele had got to – I hope her computer problems are resolved soon, I am missing her posts. Another wonderful round up with fab entries. I want to try every single one (as usual).

  15. Brownieville Girl

    29th May 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Wonderful round-up, they all look delicious.

    I actually managed to make my roulade this month, but the blogging bit has yet to come!!

  16. Phil in the Kitchen

    29th May 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Great selection of recipes this month. I think we did pretty well. I could happily try all of them – not good for losing weight, though.

  17. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

    30th May 2011 at 6:56 am

    I just love roulades so I’m really excited to see so many diverse recipes for it!!

  18. Foodycat

    30th May 2011 at 8:24 am

    I am in awe of each and every one of these! I’ve never attempted a roulade; I am far too scared!

  19. MissCakeBaker

    30th May 2011 at 9:49 am

    Great round up! Now I have my Swiss roll tin I’m going to try s few of these recipes!

  20. The Caked Crusader

    30th May 2011 at 10:25 am

    Now if someone would just give me a fork…..

  21. Hanna

    30th May 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Great round up! Love all the different flavours and takes on the brief! Big pat on the back to those who made roulades, they terrify me!

  22. Maria♥

    30th May 2011 at 7:37 pm

    A gorgeous round-up of deliciousness!


  23. Gloria

    30th May 2011 at 9:53 pm

    a wonderful round up I love all!! What a pity about Chele computador, hope she can blogger soon! gloria

  24. SweetHarts Cakes and Bakes

    31st May 2011 at 2:06 am

    Amazing efforts from everyone! I’m keen to see what the next challenge will be and join in myself! This is a definite addition to my growing number of favourite blogs. 🙂

  25. Jill@MadAboutMacarons

    31st May 2011 at 7:54 am

    My eyes are rolling with such a fabulous round-up. Certainly not the easiest of challenges but great to see so much variety, too. Great job!

  26. Kitchen Butterfly

    31st May 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Roulades are great aren’t they. All the different plays on the theme look wonderful. I love the cold, cream centre….

  27. All That I'm Eating

    31st May 2011 at 7:16 pm

    They all look great! I was so scared the first time I tried to make a chocolate log but I managed to cover up the cracks with icing. What a great selection of rolled up cakes.

  28. Choclette

    31st May 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’m really pleased so many of you have enjoyed this display of imagination and technical skill. Thank you all for commenting. Thanks also for showing concern for Chele and her laptop difficulties, she should be back with us and blogging again soon.

  29. Baking Addict

    31st May 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Excellent round up as always. Such impressive efforts this month. Looking forward to next month’s challenge.

  30. Bartelmy

    1st June 2011 at 11:37 am

    Hey, what happened to my entry? I emailed it in weeks ago.:(

  31. Lauraelizabeth

    1st June 2011 at 5:21 pm

    These all look so good. Can’t believe I missed this challenge. It would have given me an excuse to make a roulade! Definitely joining in with the next one. x

  32. Johanna GGG

    2nd June 2011 at 10:03 am

    sorry to hear about chele’s computer giving her grief – but am glad you were able to post the round up despite it as it fills me with admiration of all those wonderful roulades – am sorry I didn’t get to this one but it just wasn’t the month for roulades at chez GGG

  33. Nic@daydreamaboutfood

    2nd June 2011 at 2:40 pm

    All of these look amazing. Looking forward to the next challenge:)

  34. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    2nd June 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Fantastic round up! And they all look so different!

  35. Comfy Cook

    5th June 2011 at 7:49 am

    One looks better than the next. Wow!


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