Vanilla Chiffon Roll

January 28th, 2014 by Erin Gennow
Slice of Vanilla Chiffon Roll

Slice of Vanilla Chiffon Roll

TWD – Tuesdays with Dorie


Vanilla Chiffon Roll

Whew!  This recipe took a bit of time.  Although taking photographs throughout the baking definitely adds on time.

I made the walnut mousse one day, then baked and assembled the cake the second day.  I was definitely glad I broke this Vanilla Chiffon Roll into steps.

Other than dirtying a lot of dishes, and using both mixer and food processor, it was easy enough to make.  But, there are a lot of steps involved, especially for the walnut mousse.

Ingredients for Walnut Mousse

Ingredients for Walnut Mousse

 

Toasted Walnuts

Toasted Walnuts

Walnut Paste

Walnut Paste

Chocolate Added

Chocolate Added

 

Egg Custard for Walnut Mousse

Egg Custard for Walnut Mousse

 

Egg Custard Added to Walnut Mousse

Egg Custard Added to Walnut Mousse

Whipped Cream Folden into Mousse

Whipped Cream Folden into Mousse

The vanilla chiffon cake came together pretty quickly, faster than the mousse, but still used a few different bowls, since whipping egg whites was required.  The chiffon cake turned out super soft and spongy.

 

Ingredients for Vanilla Chiffon

Ingredients for Vanilla Chiffon

 

Batter for Vanilla Chiffon

Batter for Vanilla Chiffon

Whipped Egg Whites

Whipped Egg Whites

 

 

Egg Whites Folded into Batter

Egg Whites Folded into Batter

Baked Vanilla Chiffon Cake

Baked Vanilla Chiffon Cake

Chiffon Cake Flipped

Chiffon Cake Flipped

 

Frosted Chiffon Cake

Frosted Chiffon Cake

The first slice I had was just after the two hour suggested refrigeration time following final assembly.  The mousse, while very delicious, definitely overpowered the flavor and texture of the cake.  Although, I also had the end piece, which may have had a bit of extra mousse pushed into it from rolling.  When I had a second slice the next evening the proportions seemed to work out a bit better, with a least a bit of the chiffon cake texture coming through.  While the Vanilla Chiffon Roll with Walnut Mousse is delicious and decadent, I’m not sure if I will make it again.  With the mousse overpowering, I may just make a mousse dessert instead, and forgo the cake part altogether.  If I do make the cake again, I may just use a bit less mousse when filling and rolling.

Slice of Vanilla Chiffon Roll

Slice of Vanilla Chiffon Roll

To get the recipe check out the book Baking with Julia, by Dorie Greenspan.

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11 Responses to “Vanilla Chiffon Roll”

  1. I agree the dessert took a bit of time… but the result is lovely, your roll looks perfect!
    I made it a second time, but instead the mousse I used ice-cream, it was faster and really delicious!!

  2. Dawn says:

    Lovely! I made a simple chocolate mousse filling. While it was a bit too thin (time crunch) it was tasty. :)

  3. Liz says:

    Glad this was a winner at your house, too! Looks perfect!

  4. smarkies says:

    Thanks for taking the time with the step by step pictures – looking at your ‘baked vanilla chiffon cake’ photo perhaps I should have stuck mine in the oven for a longer time. Your cake looks lovely!

  5. SandraM says:

    Beautiful cake. And great pics. There were definitely a lot of dirty dishes!

  6. Kathy says:

    Looks delicious! Although this took quite a bit of time, and used a bunch of equipment, it was definitely a winner!

  7. Sunita says:

    Wow that cake looks amazing. Liked your step wise pictures. Wish I had seen these before I made mine!

  8. oh my gosh, I had empty cabinets and a very full sink after making this! what a nice, fluffy chiffon you made

  9. Margaret says:

    Yep, lots of steps and lots of pans. But well worth it. Wanna use this cake again – with a different filling. Even tho my PECAN mousse was good. Lots of work to take all those pics. Thanks

  10. Cathleen says:

    Normally I do not fuss about the amount of equipment and utensils used, but this one took the cake. My sink was full to say the least. Your mousse in the bowl looks beautifully fluffy! I forgot to add the whipped cream. :(

  11. Cher says:

    This was a bit of a project, but it looks like your end result paid off!

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