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Red Velvet Roulade

Red Velvet Roulade – A moist and tender red velvet cake roll filled with a deliciously sweet cream cheese filling!

Red Velvet Roulade

Here’s another recipe to add to your list of many things to make before/on Valentine’s Day – Red Velvet Roulade!

Adapted from my gingerbread cake roll and stuffed full of delicious cream cheese filling, this Roulade has a moist and tender crumb, is thick, and absolutely divine. Perfect for surprising your loved one with!

Red Velvet Roulade

I love making cake rolls! See my gingerbread cake roll, Pumpkin and Cream Cheese RouladeRaspberry Jam Swiss Roll, and now of course, my Red Velvet Roulade. They are so easy to make, even if they seem daunting to roll.

But if you carefully follow my recipe, you cannot go wrong!

Red Velvet Roulade

As you make the cream cheese filling, you’ll notice it may not be as thick as buttercream, which usually consists of only butter and icing sugar.

After filling the cake roll, and rolling it back up, you’ll then wrap it with clingfilm, and store in the fridge for at least an hour, just so the filling can keep it’s shape when slicing and serving.

Red Velvet Roulade
Red Velvet Roulade

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Red Velvet Roulade

Red Velvet Roulade

Yield: 10 - 12 slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A moist and tender red velvet cake roll filled with a deliciously sweet cream cheese filling!

Ingredients

For the Sponge

  • 1 cup (125g) cake flour*
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (150g) caster/granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Red food colouring, I used Sugarflair Spectral Concentrated Paste in Velvet Red
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 1 cup (225g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups (375g) icing/powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Sponge

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Spray or butter a 13x9" Swiss roll pan, line with parchment paper, then spray again. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the eggs until pale, and frothy. Add the oil and sugar, and beat until combined.
  4. Add the buttermilk, vinegar, red food colouring (start off with 1/4 teaspoon), and vanilla extract, and beat until combined. Add more colouring if desired. Gradually add the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Immediately loosen the edges of the cake and invert the sponge onto a tea towel dusted with icing sugar. Peel away the paper, then gently roll the sponge and the towel up together.
  7. Cool completely on a wire rack, seam side down.

For the Filling

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, and butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar, and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Gently unroll the cooled cake, and spread the filling over the inside of the sponge. Re-roll the sponge without the tea towel, wrap in clingfilm, and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Notes

*Make your own cake flour! Measure out 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) of plain/all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons and replace with 2 tablespoons of cornflour/cornstarch. Sift well.

Make ahead of time: Prepare the cake as instructed, then cover and refrigerate the filled cake for up to 1 day.

Prepared cake roll, with filling, freezes well for up to 2 - 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 0gSugar: 44gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Drina

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Hi, just wanted to ask about the cocoa powder used. Does it have to be dutch-processed or can we use normal cocoa powder?

Thank you so much.

Marsha

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Hi Drina! You can use either one here.

Muna Kenny

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Love love love it! Beautiful Marsha, excellent for the big V day :)

Marsha

Saturday 13th of February 2016

Thanks, Muna! :)

Adina

Thursday 11th of February 2016

I love rolls, I should actually bake them more often. Yours looks just perfect, great color and not even one tiny crack.

Marsha

Thursday 11th of February 2016

Thanks, Adina! :)

Amanda

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

This roulade is so pretty! Really great for Valentine's Day. And it would really impress anyone you served it to. Yum!

Marsha

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Thanks, Amanda!

Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Wow, what a beautiful dessert! I love the look of roulades, but they seem so intimidating to make. You made it seem fairly simple and that combo of red velvet and cream cheese sounds heavenly! Perfect treat for Valentine's day...maybe I can muster up the courage to make one myself, haha! If things go awry, I can always throw it into a dish and call it a trifle, haha! :)

Marsha

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Haha, sounds like a plan! Trifles are good too ;) But roulades are so easy to make, I think you'd make a beautiful one!

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