If you still haven't seen or heard about decorated roll cakes, then you must have been living under a rock in recent times! Deco roll cakes were created and popularized by a famous Japanese food blogger named Junko. As with anything Japanese-made, these cakes are just oozing with cuteness!
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I have been wanting to buy Junko's books since early last year but they were written in Japanese. I really didn't want to go through the struggle of translating so I had to forego buying them and content myself with just admiring photos of deco roll cakes online.
Just over a week ago, while looking for books on the internet, I accidentally discovered that Junko's books have already been published in English! Of course, I wasted no time in ordering them!!!
So far, I have tried making three of the deco rolls in the first book, all of them incidentally featured in the cover.
|Strawberry print roll - vanilla flavoured cake with whipped cream and strawberries.|
|Teddy bear deco roll - chocolate flavoured cake with whipped cream, mangoes and strawberries.|
|Arabesque motif deco roll - matcha flavoured cake filled with whipped cream and sweet red bean paste.|
The cakes are chiffon-type so as expected, they are very soft and moist. However, unlike the chiffon cakes that I am used to making, these ones have less cake flour and have no baking powder. I think the lower flour content makes the cakes easier to roll. They do not crack at all! (And they are not even rolled while still hot.)
As you know, my family isn't all that crazy about eating cake so while I hope to try all of the designs in the books (as well as make my own), I really have to control myself. At first, I thought the cuteness was enough to convince my kids to keep on eating the cakes one after another, but now I realize that no matter how light and delicious they are, I cannot keep on making them every single day! I should really consider giving these as gifts!
You will definitely see more of these cake rolls here in the future. I really wasn't keen on making cake rolls before but now that I've tried and found the process quite easy, I think my next move would be revising my own chiffon cake recipes so they would be more suited to be made in this manner. Hmmm,,,I reckon I'll start with an ube cake roll. :)
Till next time.