Coconut & Cherry Swiss Roll

Coconut & cherry Swiss roll cake - fatless sponge filled with cherry jam & coconut swiss meringue buttercream, perfect for Easter

Spring is beginning to feel a little bit more like a reality; don’t get me wrong, it is still cold and wet out, but the sun has been making a more regular appearance, it no longer gets dark quite so depressingly early and the first of the daffodils have begun to flower. It is also only a month till Easter and I have already begun planning my Easter bakes and am craving hot cross buns and Simnel cake. To celebrate the change in the seasons I did what I always do when there is cause to rejoice – I baked a cake.

Coconut & cherry swiss roll cake, a light, fatless sponge filled with cherry jam & coconut swiss meringue buttercream, topped with desiccated coconut, this is the perfect cake for Easter.

I made a coconut and cherry swiss roll – a fatless whisked sponge cake filled with cherry jam and fluffy, silky coconut swiss meringue buttercream, topped with more buttercream and a coating of desiccated coconut. It is a very light, simple cake that still looks impressive, and is perfect for when you don’t have a large crowd of people to serve but still want a fancy cake. It would be ideal to make for Easter or Mother’s Day (6th of March in case you’d forgotten…), or just because you feel like cake.

Cherry and coconut swiss roll cake - fatless sponge filled with cherry jam & coconut swiss meringue butterceam, the perfect cake for Easter

Swiss rolls are fairly easy to make, but there are a few important steps to follow to ensure that you get a good rise, light sponge, and that the cake doesn’t crack when you roll it:
1. Whisk the eggs and sugar really well, they should be pale, mousse-like and at least tripled in volume.
2. Don’t overbake the sponge, it should be lightly golden and springy to the touch.
3. Once the sponge is baked, turn it out onto a sheet of baking parchment sprinkled with caster sugar to stop it from sticking.
4. To make rolling it up much easier, gently score an indentation with a sharp knife 1.5cm or so in from the edge of one of the shorter sides of the sponge (don’t cut all the way through), and start to roll up from this side.
5. Roll the sponge up tightly with the baking parchment inside, you need to roll it while it is warm as it is much more flexible; leave it to cool completely before unrolling and filling. Rolling it up with the parchment helps to trap steam to keep it moist and therefore flexible.
6. Leave a gap around the edge when you spread the filling over so that it doesn’t all ooze out.
7. When re-rolling, pull the baking parchment towards you with one hand and use the other to ease the cake into a roll. Serve with the open edge facing down to help keep it tightly rolled.

Coconut & cherry swiss roll cake - whisked sponge filled with cherry jam & light, fluffy coconut swiss meringue buttercream, perfect for Easter

Coconut & Cherry Swiss Roll
  • 4 large eggs
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 100g (1/2 + ⅓ cup) self-raising flour
  • 3 large egg whites (120g)
  • 150g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 175g (2/3 cup + 1tbsp) softened butter
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) coconut milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
To Assemble
  • 4 tbsp cherry/raspberry jam
  • 100g (3.5oz) unsweetened desiccated coconut
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Grease a 23x33cm/9x13in swiss roll tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric whisk until they are extremely pale, mousse-like and at least tripled in volume. If you lift the beaters out of the bowl and wiggle them, the mixture that runs off should leave a trail on the surface of the bowl that disappears after a couple of seconds.
  3. Sift the flour into the bowl and gently fold it in, being careful not to knock out the air. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and tilt it so that the batter runs into the corners. Bake for about 10 minutes until it is lightly browned, springy and just starting to pull away from the edges.
  4. While the sponge is baking, cut a piece of baking parchment slightly larger than the size of the tin and sprinkle it with caster sugar. Carefully flip the (hot) baked sponge out onto the parchment and peel the baking parchment off the bottom.
  5. Score the sponge 2.5cm in from one of the short edges, being careful not to cut all the way through. Tightly roll the sponge up from the scored edge with the clean baking parchment inside and set aside until cooled completely.
  6. While the sponge is cooling make the buttercream. Place the egg whites and sugar in a spotlessly clean heatproof bowl (the bowl of your stand mixer if you have one) and place the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, make sure that the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Gently whisk the eggs (with a hand whisk, not an electric one) until the sugar has dissolved, if you rub the mixture between your fingers it should feel smooth with no hint of graininess. It should measure about 60C/140F on a thermometer.
  7. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk with an electric mixer/stand mixer on high until the egg whites have formed a stiff, glossy meringue and the mixture is completely cold, the base of the bowl should feel cool to the touch, this will take about 10 minutes.
  8. Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add the butter, a tablespoon at a time, mixing to incorporate after each addition. The mixture may curdle or begin to look soupy, just keep on whisking and it will come back together.
  9. Once all of the butter has been incorporated and the buttercream is smooth and silky, gradually whisk in the coconut milk, a little at a time, then the vanilla extract and salt.
  10. Once the sponge is completely cold, carefully unroll it and spread with the jam, leaving about a centimeter border. Spread about two thirds of the buttercream over the top then re-roll the sponge.
  11. Spread the remaining buttercream over the top and sides of the cake then press the coconut onto the buttercream using your hands; trim the ends of the swiss roll to neaten then serve.
  12. The cake is best served on the day it is made but it will keep for a day or so in an airtight container.

Cherry & coconut swiss roll cake - fatless sponge filled with cherry jam & coconut swiss meringue buttercream, the perfect cake for Mother's Day

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32 Comments on Coconut & Cherry Swiss Roll

  1. sally
    February 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm (8 months ago)

    Hope I get one for Mother’s Day it looks delicious

    • hannahhossack
      February 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm (8 months ago)

      Nest time I visit I will bring cake πŸ™‚

  2. Hilda
    February 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm (8 months ago)

    Very nice!

  3. Jess
    February 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh man, I’ve wanted to make one of these for SUCH a long time. I’m just terrified that my cake will crack while I tried to roll it up. I’m CONVINCED that it would happen, that’s why I haven’t gotten around to giving one of these a try.

    But yours looks just delicious. Perfect ratio of filling to cake to frosting. Well done!

    • hannahhossack
      February 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Jess πŸ™‚ Give it a go! I’ve listed all the steps to follow to help stop it from cracking, and even if it does it will still taste good!

  4. Zeba@Food For The Soul
    February 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm (8 months ago)

    Just lovely…I love the idea of a “fatless” sponge πŸ™‚ and the use of coconut milk. I am not an excellent baker but I think I could handle this…thanks so much for bringing the recipe to FF!

    • hannahhossack
      February 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you! I’m sure you could manage this just fine! πŸ™‚

  5. Indu
    February 27, 2016 at 3:40 pm (8 months ago)

    omg! You have me drooling here! This looks simply superb – a piece of art and I can only imagine how delicious this must be!

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 11:05 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Indu πŸ™‚ it was utterly delicious and I was so pleased with how pretty it looked!

  6. Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake
    February 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm (8 months ago)

    This looks amazing, awesome flavour combo! I wish the weather would start feeling a little more like spring, I’m sooo ready for it!

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 11:03 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Michelle πŸ™‚ The weather was really nice here for a few days and I got my hopes up but then it started raining again and hasn’t stopped…

  7. lucyparissi
    February 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm (8 months ago)

    So pretty! I can’t believe how perfect you managed to make it look – seriously this is food stylist standard perfection. I love the flavours – anything with coconut and I am sold πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:59 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Lucy πŸ™‚ Rolling it up was a bit of a nerve-wracking moment… I was so relieved when it didn’t crack! x

  8. Sarah Trivuncic, Maison Cupcake
    March 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm (8 months ago)

    This looks fantastic! I love the idea of a coconut swiss roll. Thanks for submitting to Bake Of The Week, your recipe has been featured in the round up now live at 1st March Bake of the Week – I have pinned to my Mother’s Day board too πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:58 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Sarah πŸ™‚ The coconut is lovely and perfect for spring! Thank you for pinning!

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:56 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Angela, it was delicious! x

  9. Charlotte Oates
    March 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm (8 months ago)

    This sounds delicious Hannah and it looks so perfect. I’ll definitely be checking back to all of your tips next time I make a swiss roll.

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:52 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Charlotte, I’m always terrified that swiss rolls are going to crack but as long as I follow all those tips they turn out perfectly πŸ™‚

  10. Winnie
    March 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm (8 months ago)

    I love swiss-roll (and make different ones) and yours look absolutely amazing!!
    Very pretty and very elegant πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:47 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Winnie πŸ™‚ Swiss rolls are so fun to make πŸ™‚

  11. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    March 3, 2016 at 9:38 am (8 months ago)

    This is so beautiful Hannah, and the flavours are divine – I love coconut but OH doesn’t (so more for the then πŸ˜‰ ) Great tips for achieving a lovely roll and hence swirl. #Foodyearlinkup
    Angela x

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:44 am (8 months ago)

      There are loads of foods that I love but my OH doesn’t…it can be quite frustrating! There are some things that I am glad that I don’t have to share though πŸ˜› Thanks Angela x

  12. The Taste of the World
    March 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm (8 months ago)

    This looks gorgeous. Saw you on Fiesta Friday, just joined last week.

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:41 am (8 months ago)

      Thank you! And welcome to Fiesta Friday!

  13. jacdotbee
    March 4, 2016 at 9:29 am (8 months ago)

    Oh that looks really lovely

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:41 am (8 months ago)

      Thank you!

  14. familyfriendsfoodblog
    March 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm (8 months ago)

    Looks luscious! Fabulous combination of flavours – I love cherry and coconut.

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:17 am (8 months ago)

      Thank you! They do work so well together πŸ™‚

  15. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen
    March 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm (8 months ago)

    I can’t believe how perfect that swiss roll looks, Hannah! Mine never turn out like that! Great tips too. x

    • hannahhossack
      March 8, 2016 at 10:16 am (8 months ago)

      Thanks Louise πŸ™‚ I’m always terrified that they are going to crack! x

  16. plasterers bristol
    September 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm (1 month ago)

    Ooo sounds yummy this. Will give this recipe ago over the weekend. Thanks for sharing.



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