Rainbow Swiss Roll Recipe

Embrace the vibrant hues of a Rainbow Swiss Roll, a visually striking dessert that combines the lightness of a sponge roll with a burst of color. Perfect for parties or as a special treat, this dessert features colorful layers of sponge, complemented by the tartness of raspberry jam and the richness of whipped cream. It’s not just a feast for the eyes but a delightful experience for the palate as well.


For the Colored Batter:

  • 1/3 cup icing sugar, sieved
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • Food coloring gels: red, pink, green, purple, orange, blue

For the Swiss Roll:

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons plain flour, sieved with 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • Yellow food coloring gel

For the Filling:

  • Raspberry jam, to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups double cream, whipped


  1. Prepare the Colored Batter:
    • Using an electric whisk, cream together the icing sugar and butter until smooth.
    • Add 2 egg whites and whip until fluffy, then gradually beat in the flour until smooth.
    • Divide the mixture among six small bowls, and color each with a different food coloring gel to create vibrant hues.
    • Transfer each colored mixture into a separate piping bag without a nozzle.
  2. Bake the Swiss Roll:
    • Pipe the colored batter into desired patterns on a lined baking tray.
    • Prepare the main Swiss roll batter by whipping egg whites to soft peaks, gradually adding sugar, then folding in the yolks mixed with yellow food coloring.
    • Gently fold in the sieved flour and salt.
    • Spread the batter over the piped colors and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 12-15 minutes.
  3. Filling and Rolling:
    • Once baked and cooled, spread a thin layer of raspberry jam over the sponge.
    • Top with a layer of whipped cream.
    • Carefully roll the sponge to form the Swiss roll, starting from the short end.


  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for more consistent mixing.
  • When folding the flour into the egg mixture, use a large metal spoon and fold gently to keep the mixture airy.
  • Cool the sponge wrapped in a damp tea towel to make rolling easier and prevent cracking.


  1. How do I prevent the Swiss roll from cracking?
    • Roll the sponge while it is still warm and flexible, and use a damp tea towel to help it keep moist.
  2. Can I prepare this dessert in advance?
    • The sponge can be baked a day ahead and kept wrapped at room temperature. Fill and roll the day of serving for best results.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 5

Category: Dessert

Method: Baking

Cuisine: European

Diet: Vegetarian


This Rainbow Swiss Roll is the perfect combination of beauty and taste, making it an ideal choice for any celebration or as a stunning centerpiece to your dessert table. With its colorful swirls and delicious fillings, it promises to be as enjoyable to make as it is to serve and savor.

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