Swiss swirl ice cream cake for the Daring Bakers challenge- July ‘10

by Sunita on July 27, 2010

This month I am completing three years as a daring baker. And what a joy ride it has been; as a part of this wonderful group, I have tried out so many new things, things that I probably would not have tried by myself. So, thanks to Lis and Ivonne for starting this great group, where every challenge has something new to learn.

The recipe for this month’s challenge has been adapted from this Swiss swirl ice cream cake from the Taste of Home website. Slices of Swiss roll are used to line a bowl and then filled with vanilla ice-cream, hot fudge ice cream topping and chocolate ice cream. The picture looked like so much fun that I have been waiting to make it for a while, as an indulgence. What better timing than to make it along with fellow daring bakers to celebrate my three years with this amazing group. I have taken the basic idea from the above website and have developed the recipe.  The recipe does not require a lot of hands on time, but definitely requires a lot of cooling and freezing time between layers.

Unlike the original recipe, we are going to make each layer from scratch. So, if you are planning to make it in one day, it might be a bit of a struggle.

The bombe also forms a nice centrepiece and offers a dramatic presentation. During the course of the month, it has graced the birthday tables of many daring bakers and their near and dear ones. The slices look so pretty and one can go crazy with the flavour combination for the ice creams and also the swiss rolls, not to mention the overall shape of the whole bombe. Some of you might be deterred by the amount of cream in the recipe, but the fat content can easily be lowered by substituting the ice creams with sorbets/gelatos etc.

Recipe source- Inspired by the Swiss swirl ice cream cake from the Taste of Home website

The recipes for the cake, filling, eggless ice creams and the fudge topping have been developed by myself.

Blog checking lines- Sounds a bit wierd having to write this, but it needs to be done, so here goes-

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.-


  • You do not need an ice cream maker for this recipe. But if you will be using one, make sure you churn the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions after mixing the ingredients.
  • Whipping cream is a lighter version of double cream, with at least 35 per cent fat, and it whips beautifully without being quite so rich.
  • Vanilla extract is made from vanilla beans that have been steeped in alcohol while vanilla essence is commercial manufactured by chemicals.
  • Caster sugar is finely ground granulated sugar. It can also be found as “superfine sugar”, “fruit sugar” or “quick dissolving sugar”. If you can’t find it, you can make your own by whizzing some regular granulated sugar in the food processor or blender.
  • Keep aside enough time for cooling and chilling the rolls and also for the layers to firm up before adding the next one. Moreover, the ice creams have also got to be made before assembling. I spread out the challenge over two days. I made the cakes and ice creams on the first day, and the fudge topping and assembly on the second day.
  • While adding the final layer with the second ice-cream, make sure not to add it right to the brim. It may spill and will not look good.
  • While inverting the final dessert onto the serving plate, if the cling film refuses to budge from the bowl, just wipe the outside of the bowl with a kitchen towel dampened with hot water. The bowl will release from the dessert very easily.
  • Take the dessert out of the freezer at least 10 minutes before serving, of course depending on how hot it is in your neck of the woods.
  • Dip the knife in hot water for easy slicing.

Mandatory- I wanted everyone  to have fun with the recipe, so allowed a lot of variations. The final product, however, had to be true to the original idea. This meant that-

  • One had to make the Swiss rolls, a filling for them, two ice creams and a fudge sauce, from scratch.
  • The dessert had to be set in a bowl/pan etc in the order given in the recipe-Swiss roll, first ice-cream, the fudge topping and, finally, the second ice cream.

Variations allowed-

  • One can either follow the given recipes for all the components or change the flavour of the Swiss rolls, filling, ice creams and fudge topping.
  • One can make it in whatever shape and size one wanted.

Preparation time-

For the 2 Swiss rolls-

30 mins each + cooling time (at least 30 minutes) before filling and rolling. The filling can be made while the cakes cool.

-For the ice creams- 5+10 minutes + freezing time

For the fudge topping- 5 minutes + cooling time

Assembly- At least an hour of freezing time between each layer (I took much more)

Equipment required-

  • A large mixing bowl
  • Spatula/mixing spoon
  • Sieve
  • A small saucepan
  • Containers for ice creams
  • Cling film/plastic wrap
  • Greaseproof baking paper
  • Food processor/grinder
  • Electric/hand held beaters
  • Whisk
  • 2 Baking pans, 11 inches by 9 inches each
  • Kitchen towels
  • Cooling rack
  • A pudding bowl / any other bowl, pan in which you are going to set the dessert. I used a 2 litre capacity, 9 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Serving plate
  • Knife

Swiss roll ice cream cake (inspired by the recipe of the same name from the Taste of Home website)

The Swiss rolls-

Preparation time- 10 minutes

Baking time- 10-12 minutes

Rolling and cooling time- at least 30 minutes

Filling-5-8 minutes

Filling and rolling- 5-10 minutes


6 medium sized eggs

1 C / 225 gms caster sugar /8 oz+ extra for rolling

6 tblsp / 45gms/ a pinch over 1.5 oz of all purpose (plain) flour + 5 tblsp/40gm /a pinch under 1.5 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted together

2 tblsp /30ml / 1 fl oz of boiling water

a little oil for brushing the pans

For the filling-

2C / 500 mls/ 16 fl oz of whipping cream

1 vanilla pod, cut into small pieces of about ½ cm (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

5 tblsp / 70gms/2.5oz of caster sugar


  1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C /400 deg F approximately. Brush the baking pans ( 11 inches by 9 inches ) with a little oil and line with greaseproof baking paper. If you have just one pan, bake one cake and then let the pan cool completely before using it for the next cake.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and sugar and beat till very thick; when the beaters are lifted, it should leave a trail on the surface for at least 10 seconds.

3. Add the flour mixture, in three batches and fold in gently with a spatula. Fold in the water.

4. Divide the mixture among the two baking pans and spread it out evenly, into the corners of the pans.

5. Place a pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or till the centre is springy to the touch.

6. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle a little caster sugar over it.

7. Turn the cake on to the towel and peel away the baking paper. Trim any crisp edges.

8. Starting from one of the shorter sides, start to make a roll with the towel going inside. Cool the wrapped roll on a rack, seam side down.

9. Repeat the same for the next cake as well.

10. Grind together the vanilla pieces and sugar in a food processer till nicely mixed together. If you are using vanilla extract, just grind the sugar on its own and then add the sugar and extract to the cream.

11. In a large bowl, add the cream and vanilla-sugar mixture and beat till very thick.

12. Divide the cream mixture between the completely cooled cakes.

13. Open the rolls and spread the cream mixture, making sure it does not go right to the edges (a border of ½ an inch should be fine).

14. Roll the cakes up again, this time without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge till needed, seam side down.

The vanilla ice cream-

Preparation time-5 minutes+freezing

I have made the ice cream without an ice cream maker.


2 and ½ C / 625 ml / 20 fl oz of whipping cream

1 vanilla bean, minced or 1 tsp/ 5 ml/ .15 fl oz vanilla extract

½ C / 115gms/ 4 oz of granulated sugar


Grind together the sugar and vanilla in a food processor. In a mixing bowl, add the cream and vanilla –sugar mixture and whisk lightly till everything is mixed together. If you are using the vanilla extract, grind the sugar on its own and then and the sugar along with the vanilla extract to the cream.

Pour into a freezer friendly container and freeze till firm around the edges. Remove from the freezer, beat till smooth and return to the freezer. Do this 3-4 times and then set completely.

The Hot fudge sauce- I made this just after adding the layer of vanilla ice cream to the cake.

Preparation time-2 minutes

Cooking time-2 minutes


1 C / 230gms/ 8 oz of caster sugar

3 tblsp / 24gms/1.5 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tblsp /15gms/ 1 oz of cornflour/cornstarch

1 and ½ C /355ml /12 fl oz of water

1 tblsp /14gms/ 1 oz butter

1 tsp/5 ml / .15 fl oz vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornflour and water.

2. Place the pan over heat, and stir constantly, till it begins to thicken and is smooth (for about 2 minutes).

3. Remove from heat and mix in the butter and vanilla. Keep aside to cool .

The chocolate ice cream-

Preparation time- 5 minutes + freezing


2C/ 500 ml whipping cream

1 C/230gms/8 oz caster sugar

3 tblsp/ 24 gms/1.5 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Grind together the sugar and the cocoa powder in a food processor .
  2. In a saucepan, add all the ingredients and whisk lightly.
  3. Place the pan over heat and keep stirring till it begins to bubble around the edges.

4.Remove from heat and cool completely before transferring to a freezer friendly container till firm around the edges. If you are using an ice cream maker, churn the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instruction, after the mixture has cooled completely. 5. Remove from the freezer, beat till smooth and return to the freezer. Do this 3-4 times and then set completely.


1. Cut the Swiss rolls into 20 equal slices ( approximately 2 cms each ).

2. Cover the bottom and sides of the bowl in which you are going to set the dessert with cling film/plastic wrap.

3. Arrange two slices at the bottom of the pan, with their seam sides facing each other. Arrange the Swiss roll slices up the bowl, with the seam sides facing away from the bottom, to cover the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till the slices are firm (at least 30 minutes).

4. Soften the vanilla ice cream. Take the bowl out of the freezer, remove the cling film cover and add the ice cream on top of the cake slices. Spread it out to cover the bottom and sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till firm ( at least 1 hour)

5. Add the fudge sauce over the vanilla ice cream, cover and freeze till firm . ( at least an hour)

6. Soften the chocolate ice cream and spread it over the fudge sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4-5 hours till completely set .

7. Remove the plastic cover, and place the serving plate on top of the bowl. Turn it upside down and remove the bowl and the plastic lining. If the bowl does not come away easily, wipe the outsides of the bowl with a kitchen towel dampened with hot water. The bowl will come away easily.

8. Keep the cake out of the freezer for at least 10 minutes before slicing, depending on how hot your region is. Slice with a sharp knife, dipped in hot water.

That’s it! I hope my fellow daring bakers enjoyed the challenge as much as I had hosting it.


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{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalie July 28, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thank you for hosting this mnonths challenge!! I really enjoyed doing it, your ice cream swirl cake looks to die for mm!


2 sheena July 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

so good


3 Nachiketa July 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

What a fabulous challenge, Sunita….
Thanks so much…
Had loads of happy people who gobbled it all up….

Daring Baker – Swiss Swirl Icecream Cake

The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts – Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts


4 Katie July 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

Thanks for chosing such a fabulous challange. I’ve had my eye on a recipe like this for ages but kept putting it off. Your Swiss roll swirls look perfect! Love your blog too.


5 art and lemons July 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Sunita, Although I’m not a fan of ice cream cake, you did a fabulous job with this month’s challenge, so thank you. Your photo of fudge dripping off the fork makes (even) me want that bite!


6 Maria Beatrix July 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Thanks for this amazing challenge you’ve presented to us. I loved taking part of it.
Although I’ve made different recipes, I’m longing to try yours. Your Cake looks lovely and your pictures are great.

Thanks again


7 linda July 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thank you for the lovely challenge, I enjoyed making it!


8 bake in paris July 29, 2010 at 5:28 am

Thanks for the wonderful challenge. Have enjoyed the ice cream and swiss cake so much :-)

Sawadee from bangkok,


9 Pru July 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Hi Sunita,
I really enjoyed this month’s challenge. I adapted mine as my dad doesn’t like chocolate so instead I did a version with raspberries. Although not as pretty as your’s I was really happy with the result. Thank you for a great challenge.


10 shifa firoz July 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm

will try this some time.. absolutely drool worthy and i bet it was worth all the time u spent on it!


11 Patri July 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Sunita, thanks so much for a fun challenge, for all your help and support!


12 Memoria July 31, 2010 at 4:36 am

Thank you for this fantastic challenge! Your process photos and instructions were beyond helpful. Your end-product photos are lovely as well!


13 Happy Cook July 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Loved doing this months challenge sunita it was a wondrful dessert, i have to admit i did do the biomb shape but still i enhjoyed making them and eating them S even had double portion. I woul have loved to have double but these days it allsticks to my expanding waist :-(


14 Joanna August 3, 2010 at 1:48 am

Thank you so much for hosting the July challenge! The recipe was a lot of fun to make… and your dessert looks spectacular! You rock!


15 Kitty August 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Great challenge thank you! I’m impressed how clean yours looks!


16 zip September 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

It looks great, and very detailed instruction :) . Thanks for your sharing, Sunita. I’ll try it :)


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