Japanese Roll Cake, Jelly Roll, Swiss Roll.


One of very popular cake is Roll Cake, Jelly roll, Swiss roll in Japan. I think recently (about 10 years ago) started getting more popular. We had Jelly roll cake when I was kid more, but now more decoration and better taste roll cakes anywhere in Japanese cake shop. Bûche de Noël is very popular when I was kid for Christmas. Bûche de Noël is very popular when I was kid for Christmas. If you want to read more about Bûche de Noël, go to this page.

A Swiss roll or jelly roll is a type of sponge cake roll. The thin cake is made of eggs, flour and sugar and baked in a very shallow rectangular baking tray, called a sheet pan. The cake is removed from the pan and spread with jam or buttercream, rolled up, and served in circular slices.
The origins of the term “Swiss” roll are unclear and the cake originated in Central Europe and not Switzerland. It is a traditional German, Hungarian and probably Austrian type of cake. The shape of the Swiss roll has inspired usage of the term as a descriptive term in other fields, such as in optics. If you want to know about Roll Cake go to this page.

chestnut cream

chestnuts roll cake

This time, I use chestnuts cream from France. When I went to France I bought them a lot and brought back home. I had never found this in the store near my house. However, I finally found one from Whole Food store, recently. I was very very happy at that day!
Not so many chestnuts cake in United States. I don’t know why people not eat this. They may not discover this taste? They just don’t know the existing? I don’t know! But as a Japanese person, I like chestnuts taste and miss them once and a while.
I can not find it, so I have to make it by myself. And this is the easiest, simple cake you can make it. My Japanese girl friend who lives in Germany thought me this recipe. And she is the one said I should buy these chestnuts cream when I go to France. And in France, it is very easy to find this can chestnuts, I think almost any glossary store carry this product.

I whipped cram, no addition of any sugar but I put this whole can of chestnut cream and mix with it.  It is already sweet chestnuts.  Put on the sponge and roll!  It is so easy.  I serve this to my American friends, they all liked it.  I still don’t know why they don’t have this great sweets in this country…