Homemade Chocolate Swiss Roll Recipe

If you’re a fan of decadent chocolate treats but need to follow a gluten-free diet, you’re in for a treat! In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps of creating a mouthwatering Gluten-Free Chocolate Swiss Roll. With a soft and moist chocolate sponge, a luscious mascarpone whipped cream filling, and a rich chocolate ganache glaze, this dessert is sure to impress your taste buds. So, let’s dive into the delicious world of homemade chocolate Swiss rolls!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Gluten-Free Chocolate Sponge:

  • 2 oz (60g) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 stick (57g) unsalted butter
  • 4 medium eggs (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (90g) plain gluten-free flour blend (rice, potato, and maize flour, no xanthan gum)
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 cup (30g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

For the Mascarpone Whipped Cream Filling:

(Refer to the provided link for the recipe)

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze:

  • 6 oz (175g) 60% dark chocolate, chopped (adjust if using higher cocoa percentage)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (265mL) heavy/double cream

Let’s Get Baking:

1. Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 355F (180C) and line a 10×15 inch (25×38 cm) baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Melt the Chocolate and Butter

In a heat-proof bowl over simmering water, melt the dark chocolate and butter until smooth. Set this delightful mixture aside to cool slightly.

3. Whisk Eggs and Sugar

Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until they become pale, fluffy, and tripled in volume.

4. Combine Chocolate and Eggs

Add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture and whisk until they are fully incorporated, creating a velvety, chocolatey batter.

5. Sift and Fold

Sift together the dry ingredients – the gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold this mixture into the chocolate batter until no flour clumps remain.

6. Bake to Perfection

Transfer the batter into the prepared baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

7. Roll and Cool

After baking, leave the sponge in the tray for 2 minutes, then transfer it to a baking paper generously dusted with powdered sugar. Peel away the top layer of baking paper and roll up the sponge. Allow it to cool completely.

8. Prepare the Filling

Follow the recipe for the Mascarpone Whipped Cream Filling using the provided link.

9. Make the Chocolate Ganache

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze, place the chopped dark chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan and pour it over the chocolate. Stir until smooth and runny.

10. Assemble and Chill

Gently unroll the cooled sponge, spread the mascarpone whipped cream filling evenly on top, and carefully re-roll the sponge. Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

11. Glaze and Enjoy!

Drizzle the Chocolate Ganache Glaze over the Swiss roll. If the glaze is too firm, reheat it briefly. Allow the glaze to set, and savor each delightful bite of this delicious Gluten-Free Chocolate Swiss Roll!


Creating a Gluten-Free Chocolate Swiss Roll may seem like a challenging endeavor, but with these simple steps and a dash of creativity, you can enjoy a gluten-free dessert that’s bursting with flavor. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a craving for something sweet, this homemade Swiss roll is sure to please. So, go ahead, indulge your taste buds, and impress your loved ones with this delightful treat!


  1. Can I use a different type of gluten-free flour blend?

    While we recommend the rice, potato, and maize flour blend for the best results, you can experiment with other blends. Just be mindful of their texture and taste.

  2. What can I substitute for mascarpone in the filling?

    If you don’t have mascarpone, you can use cream cheese as a substitute. It will provide a slightly different flavor but will still be delicious.

  3. How long does the Swiss roll stay fresh?

    When stored in the refrigerator, the Swiss roll can stay fresh for up to 2-3 days. Be sure to cover it to prevent it from drying out.

  4. Can I freeze the Swiss roll?

    Yes, you can freeze the Swiss roll for up to 2-3 months. Ensure it’s well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn.

  5. Can I use a different type of chocolate for the ganache?

    Absolutely! You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate for a different flavor profile. Adjust the cream quantity accordingly for the desired consistency.

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