Tiger Roll Cake

Domestic Diva - Tiger Cake Roll

A Swiss roll tiger cake was the perfect choice for my youngest who doesn’t like cake and loves tigers. A Swiss roll doesn’t look like your traditional birthday cake and is a fun alternative. The best thing is, she actually ate it and enjoyed it! Hooray!

It probably looks more like a snow leopard since I didn’t focus on getting an orange colour into the cake mix, although I did try with the roll in the foreground to add saffron (steeped in 1 tbsp of boiling water for 10 minutes) to help colour it slightly. Using Hoppers cloudy orange would give you a deeper colour (Hoppers are coloured by fruit and veg rather than numbers, contains salicylates).  

I found a video a number of months ago for Animal Print Cake Rolls which inspired me to give this a go. I showed it to the birthday girl and got her approval. The possibilities can be endless with this technique! It’s exciting. I would love to see what you come up with!

Since I had a busy week leading up to the birthday, I only had the day before to prepare and bake it. I found a lovely Thermomix Swiss roll recipe to use from Thermomix Baking Blogger. The recipe is for a “Thermomix Lamington Swiss Roll” and the only part I used which is suitable for failsafe is the Swiss roll; the glaze, filling and coconut is NOT failsafe. The only other problem I had by leaving it to the last minute was suddenly realising  that I didn’t have a suitable baking tin to cook it in. So I just used a ceramic lasagna dish, I was worried about the end results and fortunately it cooked perfectly. I used carob ganache as the filling, you could use pear jam and whipped cream instead. I have not had the chance to try making this GF.

To make the Swiss Roll:
Use the recipe from Thermomix Baking Blogger “Thermomix Lamington Swiss Roll”. Use the ingredients in the Swiss roll and follow up to step 4 only.

Place a small mixing bowl onto the Thermomix and pour in approx 60g of the mixture into it. Stir through 20g of carob powder and add a dash of water if it becomes too thick. You need it in a consistency suitable to pipe it. I did a google search on “tiger print” and found a pattern to roughly copy as I piped. 

Domestic Diva - Tiger Cake stripes

Place into the oven and cook to set for 1 minute. Then pour the remaining mixture over the top and smooth out evenly. Place back into the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden and fluffy.

Domestic Diva - Tiger Cake. baked, just out of the oven.Now continue on doing step 6 of the “Thermomix Lamington Swiss Roll”. When you turn it out of the pan, you will need to flip it over again so that the piped design is on the bottom and therefore will be on the outside of the roll as you roll it up. Stop after step 6, the remaining steps are for the lamington which are not suitable for failsafe. Once the roll is cooled, make the ganache.

Carob Ganache
100g carob buttons
60g cream

Place carob buttons into the Thermomix bowl. chop on speed 8 for 7 seconds.
Add cream and melt for 2 1/2 minutes at 50 deg on speed 3.
Allow to thicken and cool slightly before using.

Carefully unroll the cake and pour the ganache evenly over the cake. Re-roll the cake ending seam side down and wrap up in grease proof paper to set and place in the fridge.

When ready to serve, unwrap the roll and trim off the edges to neaten the cake. Serve as is or with cream.

Domestic Diva - Tiger Cake Swiss Roll

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