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Raspberry Mint Roulade - Spring is Here!

Raspberry Mint Roulade - Spring is Here!

February 26, 2016
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I don’t know about you, but I feel as though the past winter lasted an entire year, if not longer. I’ve never really been a winter person (even though I was born and raised in the Midwest), but this year seemed especially harsh. With snow storm after snow storm, we didn’t get much of a break. And that’s why I’m so glad spring is finally here! I made a pact with myself during the cold winter months that once spring arrived, I’d take full advantage. That’s just what I’m going to do.

 

This Raspberry Mint Roulade embodies everything that I love about spring. Raspberries are the perfect blend of sweet and tart – and one of my favorite fruits. The addition of mint to the indulgent, yet light and creamy, filling, gives it a nice hit of freshness. Plus, it’s gorgeous and will impress anyone you make it for. If you’ve never made a roulade before, it might seem daunting, but it really is quite simple. If you prep everything beforehand, you’re sure to have success.

 

To begin, heat the oven to 375°F. Line a jellyroll pan with parchment paper and grease it. It’s important to use a 15x10x1-inch pan to make sure the cake portion is just the right thickness.

 

Arrange a clean (i.e., not the one hanging on your stove handle), thin towel on your work surface, and dust it with powdered sugar. This is what you’ll use to roll up the cake when it comes out of the oven.

 

Now separate the eggs. My preferred way to do this is using the shell – a handy tool built right into the egg!

Separate Eggs

 

Place the whites into a large bowl and beat on high speed until they are foamy.

Foamy Egg Whites

 

Once they’ve hit the foamy stage, you can slowly start adding sugar while beating.

Add Sugar to Egg Whites

 

Once the egg whites are glossy and stiff peaks have formed, set them aside.

Stiff Peaks

 

Now the egg yolks get their turn. Combine them with the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, melted butter, baking powder, vanilla and salt and beat until well-mixed.

Yolk Mixture

 

Add 3/4 cup flour and mix well.

Add Flour

 

Gently stir the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture just until mixed – you want to keep the light, airy texture of the egg whites for a delicate texture in your cake.

Fold Egg Whites

 

To make the cute design on top of the cake, move 1/2 cup of the batter to a small bowl and add the remaining 1/4 cup flour.

Add Flour

 

Beat until well-mixed, and stir in food color to make whatever color you’d like for the design. I used a bright pink gel color to complement the color of the filling (gels give a more intense color).

Add Food Color

 

Transfer the colored batter to a piping bag or a resealable plastic food bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe a design width-wise (swirls, stripes, hearts) onto the prepared sheet pan. I did a chevron (zig-zag) pattern.

Pipe Design

 

Place the pan in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up the design (so it doesn’t spread when you put the rest of the batter over the top).

 

Once the design has firmed up, spread the remaining batter over the top of the design.

Spread Batter

 

Bake for 10-12 minutes, and then immediately loosen the sides of the cake from the pan using a butter knife.

Loosen Cake Edges

 

Invert the cake onto the prepared towel, pattern side down. I found the easiest way to do this was to invert the cake onto a greased cookie sheet.

Invert Cake

 

Remove the parchment paper from the cake…

Peel Parchment Paper

 

… and then flip it back onto the towel and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar (this helps prevent the cake from sticking to the towel).

Sprinkle Powdered Sugar

 

Now roll the cake up in the towel, starting with the short side. Let it cool completely. This will help the cake keep its rolled shape when the filling is placed on it.

Roll Cake in Towel

 

Combine 1 tablespoon whipping cream and white chocolate in a bowl and microwave until melted. Place the remaining whipping cream into a bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Add the white chocolate mixture and beat until stiff peaks form.

Add White Chocolate

 

I crushed my raspberries with a potato masher, just until the fruit slightly broke up. You still want some chunks of berry to show through in the filling. Stir the lightly crushed raspberries and mint into the whipped cream mixture.

Mint Raspberries

 

Unroll the cake carefully and remove the towel.

Unroll Cake

 

Spread the inside of the cake with the filling, leaving a 2-inch strip at the top of the cake so the filling doesn’t seep out at the end.

Spread Filling

 

Roll the cake (starting with the short end).

Roll Up Cake

 

My roulade had a few patches of powdered sugar on the top that were covering the pretty pink design. I just lightly brushed on some water and, voila, the spots disappeared.

Brush with Water

 

Place the cake on a serving platter, slice, and serve.

Final Roulade on Serving Platter

 

Isn’t it beautiful? Raspberry Mint Roulade is perfect to serve to guests, or just to make for a special meal with the family. A great way to welcome spring!

 

 

 

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