Soft and lemony sponge cake swirled with soft and sweetened whipped cream and decorated with sugary strawberries, this Strawberry Shortcake Swiss Roll puts a whole new spin on a favorite summer dessert!
I first made this for my sweet man’s birthday along with a very fancy German Chocolate Roulade since those are his two favorite desserts. I was pretty sure the chocolate one would be everyone’s first choice since I had made espresso-soaked cake and tempered chocolate designs, but the dessert everyone loved was this one — gorgeous and delightful in its simplicity. The fresh strawberries are just barely sweetened, the cake is moist and lemony, the filling is simple and light. You’re just going to be so proud to serve this cake.
In a medium bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients:
In another bowl, mix the following ingredients:
Mix the wet and dry ingredients stirring just until combined.
In another bowl, use a mixer to beat the 4 egg whites until soft peaks form. Add in an additional 1/3 c. sugar and continue to beat another 1-3 minutes until stiff peaks form. Use a spatula to gently fold the egg whites into the batter until it is one uniform light yellow color.
Pour your batter into the greased pan and use an offset spatula to evenly spread it in the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top of the cake is just golden brown and springs back when lightly touched in the center.* Remove from the oven and let it rest for five minutes or so. Then flip the hot cake carefully onto the powdered sugar-covered towel. Very gently, pull the parchment paper off and then start at the short end and roll the cake up tightly (within the towel). Set it seam-side down and let it cool completely (even overnight).
*While the cake is baking, wash and slice 1 lb. of fresh strawberries, place them in a bowl and sprinkle them with 1 T. sugar and the lemon zest and stir to distribute. Let it sit and macerate for at least 10 minutes to create the yummy juice from the berries.
Prepare the filling by whipping 1 c. of heavy cream with the whisk attachment on your mixer to soft peaks. Add in 1 T. sour cream, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and 1/4 c. powdered sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form being careful not to overbeat and turn your cream into butter.
When the cake roll has completely cooled, gently unroll it and use and offset spatula to spread the filling leaving 1/2″ border around the edges. Roll it back up and place it seam-side down on a serving platter. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar and scatter strawberries over the top at serving time.
You will love this beautiful cake that tastes like the very best of summer! Keep it cool if you bring it to a summer gathering and save the strawberries over the top until just before it’s time to eat!
Many thanks and hats off to www.momontimeout.com for her recipe upon which I based mine!
Many thanks to www.momontimeout.com for the recipe on which I based mine.
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