Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Vanilla Chiffon Roll

January 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Posted in BWJ, cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 21 Comments
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vanilla chiffon roll

I start this post with a warning:  after I made Mary Bergin’s Vanilla Chiffon Roll, I took a look in the sink and internally freaked out.  I think I used every bowl, whisk and spatula I own to make the cake and mousse filling, not to mention the food processor and all its bits and pieces.  Well, I was really glad that this cake was totally worth that mountain of dirty dishes I had to tackle!   And also that assembly was much easier than washing up.  The soft vanilla chiffon cake was really easy to roll around its delicious chocolate-walnut mousse filling.  I didn’t get any tears or cracks…just a little sticking, which was easily disguised with a dusting of cocoa and powdered sugar.

I made a half recipe of the cake in a quarter sheet pan.  I think it took a few minutes longer to fully bake than the time indicated for the full-sized cake, so go with your good judgment if it looks underdone.  I noticed when I watched the video that there was a lot of leftover mousse in Mary’s bowl after she filled her cake, so I decided that I’d just make a third of the mousse recipe (I keep typing “mouse” BTW).  The full cake supposedly yields six servings…if you’re feeding giants…I easily cut six slices from my smaller cake.  Once this roulade has had time to chill out in the fridge, it’s really divine, not to mention classy.  I loved the chocolate-walnut mousse (and was psyched to use my special black walnuts and fancy walnut oil for it).  If I had had any extra left, I most certainly would have polished it off with a spoon.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here, along with a video). Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Yum this looks amazing!

  2. glad to know i wasn’t the only one with a sink full of dirty dishes! your roll came out nice, love the plate.

  3. Oh so pretty! Glad you loved the result!

  4. Smart to cut back on the mouse. I wish I had.

  5. The mouse is great … I mean the mousse 🙂 Great looking roll! How do black walnuts taste – I don’t think I have ever tried them.

  6. Looks delicious! My mouth is watering…

  7. That looks truly wonderful!

  8. This looks super-good!

  9. The cake looks wonderful. Loved your plate :-). You are so right about the dishes.

  10. Just beautiful. 🙂 Yum… YUM.

  11. Great job with the rolling! Your cake looks incredible! And I just love your pic…so beautiful.
    The dishes were extreme, but yep, so worth it!!

  12. I totally agree about ALL the dishes…thank goodness it was a winner!!!

  13. Yeah, there were a lot of pans etc. But well worth it. It is so pretty on that plate.

  14. Your presentation is most beautiful! What a fabulous plate to showcase it on. I made a full recipe, and it had to bake longer as well.

  15. Yours looks awesome. I agree on the ease of the chiffon cake as well as the crazy dish amount.

  16. Lovely!!! Your roll looks perfect!!!
    I enjoyed this recipe too, it takes a little work and a lot of pans, but the result is really delicious!

  17. What a beautiful cake! Looks delicious.

  18. This looks gorgeous! I’ve missed a few TWD assignments, but you and others are inspiring me to get back into it!

  19. Oh my gosh that looks phenomenal!!

  20. Your roll came out beautifully.

    This one was an exercise in dishwashing – I even had both bowls for my standmixer dirty -a long with other bowls, spatulas and a food processor.

  21. This looks awesome! 🙂

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