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Chocolate & cherry Swiss roll

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
30 min
5 min
Swiss rolls are easier to make than you might think. The trick is to roll up the cake in a kitchen towel while it's still warm. As the cake cools, it forms the rounded shape you need. Then you unroll the cake, fill it with the cream and fruit and roll it right back up! This impressive dessert is ready in less than 1½ hours and most of that time is for cooling.


Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Plain White Flour

60 g

Cocoa Powder

20 g

Baking powder

1 teaspoon(s), level


½ teaspoon(s)

Egg, whole, raw

4 large, raw

Caster Sugar

100 g

Instant Coffee

2 teaspoon(s), heaped

Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon(s), level

Low Fat Spread

2 tablespoon(s), melted

Low Fat Soft Cheese

110 g

Icing Sugar

2 teaspoon(s), level


80 g


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, 140°C fan, gas mark 3. Grease and line a 33 x 22cm Swiss roll tin with baking paper. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, coffee, and vanilla until light in colour. Add the butter and whisk until combined. Add the dry ingredients and using a spatula, fold just until combined and smooth with no lumps. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 8-10 minutes until firm.
  2. Lay a damp tea towel on a work surface and top with a piece of baking paper larger than the sponge. Carefully invert the sponge on to it.
  3. Score a line about 2cm from the edge of one of the shorter ends of the sponge. Starting here, use the baking paper to help you roll up the sponge tightly. Leave to cool.
  4. To make the filling, mix the cream cheese and icing sugar in a small bowl until smooth.
  5. Unroll the sponge and spread with the mixture (leaving a 1cm border). Sprinkle the cherries on top. Carefully re-roll as before, so that the join is underneath. Cut roll into 10 slices to serve.


We like this cake with frozen cherries for ease, but if it's cherry season, use fresh ones! You can also fill it with your favorite berry or combination of berries instead of the cherries.