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23Total Time
15Prep Time
8Bake Time

Vanilla Swiss Roll

Quick and easy

8 Reviews

About our Vanilla Swiss Roll Recipe

This classic recipe is wonderfully simple to bake. The soft vanilla sponge is perfectly complimented by the smooth vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam filling and is the perfect sweet treat to accompany a hot drink with your feet up.

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23Total Time
15Prep Time
8Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6). Grease a 23cm x 33cm swiss roll tin with butter and line with baking parchment.

  2. Step 2:

    With an electric mixer, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and thick and holds a trail when the whisk is lifted.

  3. Step 3:

    Sieve the flour in with the pinch of baking powder and very gently fold together.

  4. Step 4:

    Spread the mixture into the baking tin and bake in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes until springy to the touch, being careful not to overcook.

  5. Step 5:

    Dust a large piece of baking parchment with caster sugar and turn the sponge immediately out onto it, carefully removing the baking parchment that has been cooked on and cover with a slightly damp tea towel for 5 minutes to cool.

  6. Step 6:

    Meanwhile make the buttercream icing by whisking together the icing sugar, vanilla bean paste, milk and butter until light and fluffy.

  7. Step 7:

    Remove the tea towel and, making sure it is cool enough so that the buttercream does not melt, spread the buttercream evenly over followed by the jam.

  8. Step 8:

    Make a slight indent about 1cm in from the short end, and carefully roll up the swiss roll tightly using the baking parchment to help, finishing with the seal underneath. Finish by dusting with icing sugar.



  • For the Sponge

    • 3 Medium free range eggs
    • 75g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 90g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 1 pinch Baking powder
  • For the Filling

    • 1 tbsp Whole milk
    • 125g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
    • 75g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 2 tbsp Raspberry jam


  • 12in x 10in swiss roll tin
  • Baking parchment
  • Electric mixer
  • Tea towel
  • Palette knife

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