Sakura Roll (桜花蛋糕卷)
I was very much smitten with the beautiful Sakura Rolls posted by many blogger friends last year. As the pickled sakura is not available here, I’ve to order online at Nihon Ichiban. Since I’m placing an order with them, I also ordered Cherry Blossom An Paste and a bottle of Ume Jam. So here I made Sakura Roll with the pickled sakura flowers and for the filling I used the easiest method, I spread a thin layer of Ume Jam (not advisable to add too much of this jam as it is quite sour) and sandwiched with fresh topping cream. Let me tell you ~ the Sakura Roll was so soft and moist and it was so delicious after chilling for few hours and even until the next day. In fact I kept two slices for 4 days and they still tasted very good. Thumbs Up for it!
- 12 Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms
- Rinse off the salt on the Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms and soak them for 2 hours and gently pat dry with paper towel.
- Then place them at the centre of the baking tray (28 x 28cm or 10 x 10inch) lined with non-stick baking sheet and set aside.
Souffle roll Sponge adapted from the book of Okashi page 36
- 1 Whole egg
- 3 Egg yolks
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 35g Butter
- 60g Top flour/all purpose flour, sifted
- 80g Fresh milk
- 3 Egg whites
- 85g Caster sugar
- 100g Fresh topping cream (can omit the whipping cream and use 200g topping cream if you got sweet tooth)
- 100g Whipping cream
- Adequate Ume Jam
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Combine egg, egg yolks and vanilla extract in a small bowl and beat lightly. Set aside.
- Place butter in a small saucepan, and heat gently until melted. Add flour to melted butter and cook through. Transfer butter-flour mixture to a bowl, then add egg mixture a little at a time. With a spatula, mix into a smooth batter. Add milk and mix to incorporate. Strain batter and set aside.
- To maker meringue : Place egg whites in a clean bowl and beat until foamy. Add half the sugar and continue beating for a few minutes, then add remaining sugar and beat until egg whites are glossy peak form.
- Add one-third of meringue to batter and fold in lightly, then add remaining meringue and fold through until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and spread evenly with a scraper or palette knife.
- Bake for 20 minutes. When the cake is done, remove from pan and leave to cool down completely.
- Turned cooled souffle sponge onto a parchment paper or a plastic sheet with the Pickled Sakura facing below. To prevent the rolling up slip easily, place a dry cloth beneath it.
- Whip cream to stiff peak form. Spread whipped cream in an even layer over the entire sponge.
- Spoon some Ume Jam (I didn't measure), and spread thinly and evenly over whipped cream then spread another layer of fresh cream on top.
- Gently roll up sponge from the edge and refrigerate the roll for few hours until firm.
I love the looks of this cake, which I saw on Tastespotting first. I was wondering if you could answer a question for me: when you say," Add flour to melted butter and cook through." How far do you cook it? Is it until it comes back to a "boil" so the mixture becomes almost like a paste or do you just warm it up?
I would really like to try your recipe.
Hi Florence, thank you for coming to my blog.I used low heat to melt the butter and pour in the flour after that. Continue to stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until mixtures become a smooth dough,no boiling. This takes about a couple of minutes and add in milk, mix well and set aside.Hope you got the right answer 🙂
Hi Ann,What a beautiful cake! I'm wondering when you cut the cake, especially when cutting through the sakura surface, can you still get a smooth and clean cut, or would it tear or drag or crumble the cake a little?
Thank you 🙂 To get a nice cut, chill the cake to firm and use a serrated knife and cut it in sawing method.
Oooh this looks so pretty and delicious. I'll have to try it sometime! (:
Ann, I falling in love with your beautiful and romantic Sakura roll. Love it very much 🙂
My mother used to make something similar called a jelly roll but it wasn't near as elegant as this and I'm sure yours is MUCH tastier! What a beautiful roll and I love the cream and jam filling.
Mjskit, Thank you for your comment:) I'm sure your mum is a great baker too. Wish I can learn from her 🙂
Oh my, this is too pretty!
wow i had no idea cherry blossoms were edible! they smell so delicious, i can't imagine how great they taste. gorgeous cake, gorgeous pictures, gorgeous everything.
Cherry blossoms are so delicious you have to try them
after i buy the sakura,sure will try tis recipe,thank for sharing ~
I can tell you now, I will probably never see a more beautiful roll than this one! It´s stunning and so dainty. I don´t want to cut it.
Hi Ann. Can u tell me where is Nihon Ichiban? Issit an online shop or real shop? Thx
Hi, yes click on the Nihon Ichiban on top and order the pickled sakura online.
loves the flower design so much that I have to buy them immediately!! now i cant wait for them to arrive and get my hands on! thanks for sharing!!
Wow, another gorgeous cake Ann! Thanks for being a part of the YBR this month.:)
this is breathtakingy beautiful Ann! i don't even think i can slice such a piece of art…heheh 😛
It's so lovely! So pretty I won't have bear to eat it!!
Ann, this cake is a piece of art! I have no idea what cherry blossom tastes like, but this swiss roll sure looks so tasty. Well done!
i am also very much smittened by the look of the sakura rolls. Ann, this is so pretty!
can i join you for afternoon tea?太太太吸引人的樱花蛋糕卷,好喜欢噢!
Sure 🙂 When are you coming over?
Wow!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colour contrast too!!! thump up!!!!
This is simply gorgeous! Just breathtaking. I'm so intrigued by the flavors too since I've not had most of them. I MUST make this! Lovely!
A beautiful swiss roll! The sakura is so pretty and yes, romantic too. The cake looks too pretty to eat, but it looks so soft and delicious! I'll have to try this soon (without the sakura though, doubt I can find them)
Finally you have made your Sakura roll, they are pretty right ?
Hi Ann, it is just gorgeous! Like you i have been smitten by this roll, i guess i can only continue to be smitten 🙂
Ann, its so dainty looking! I am very sure it takes great too. Can the flowers be eaten?
Ai Li, the flowers are too salty to consume. Think the Japanese make these into tea.
Oh! So actually don't eat them after you paid so much for it……
Ann, this swiss roll is so so beautiful with the pickle sakura, your tea set so matching too! So tempting to buy the pickle sakura now lol.
Hi Ann,This is so pretty. I'm always very inspired by all your pretty bakes including this exceptional one :DZoe
This is SOOOO gorgeous, Ann!!!!! PINNING~~~~~!
That is one beautiful cake! I would love to have a taste:)Well done! Anncoo .. Lovely lovey
Omg, too pretty Ann! You know I have always wanted to make Sakura cake too…since I just asked a friend to help me buy…still waiting for him to pass it to me. 😛 but yours is just awesome!
沉浸其中~~~ ^^ 好棒!!!
So pretty roll ….
So pretty! 🙂
Your Sakura roll is just so beautiful.
Oh gosh! I want I want!!!!! So pretty this swiss roll, I am smitten by anything sakura!
Codyukie, thank you 🙂 Please check with Nihon Ichiban. They're having an offer now.
Oh my…absolutely gorgeous 🙂 a piece of art work 🙂
Thanks Lisa 🙂
Ann, what a gorgeous cake! And I can't take my eyes off your tea set either. So pretty!
Thanks Phong Hong.
hehe..I love your cake..and also love yr teaset~~
Looks so pretty and elegant Ann…I have been looking for the sakura blossoms and yet have to find in any place…
Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂
Ann,This is a gorgeous sakura roll, i am tempted to try this..:pHope i can have a piece now..:D**Ann, 你这个 食谱是不是汤种做法呢?? :)mui
Mui Mui, 因该是吧。我有点'mon cha cha'因为食谱是英文版。
Oh dear, early morning seeing Ann's beautiful Sakura roll only making me salivating! Pretty!Pretty & again I can only use pretty to describe my feeling for these pictures! I have some of these pickled sakura at home & this is also in my list to try but no action yet, not confidence enough, hehe. Better come to eat Ann's swiss roll better! Even the packaging is so pretty hoh?
I started at your pics for good few minutes before reading the post. This looks incredible, Ann! I love Sakura(never ate pickled one tho), and yes they are very romantic,beautiful and i want to hang those pics on my kitchen wall:D Real piece of art and delicious one!
my typo error…I stared* at your pics 😀
Wow wow wow! This is so so so beautiful!I thought that was a beautiful towel rolled up! Just so beautiful… too beautiful to eat!
So pretty and elegant! I need to find some sakura soon!
Gorgeous sakura roll! I want to join you for tea 🙂