Jack Skellington Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

Jack Skellington Cake Roll

Happy Halloween!

Yeah! It’s finally here! I think I’ve been doing Halloween desserts for 3 months!!! It’s time to move on to other desserts, including Christmas ones!

But just before I do, the Halloween fun continues with another cake roll! I know you like them, I do too! But this one, I had to do it two times! I could have done it 3 times because this one too cracked, but hey it’s cute anyway. Jack Skellington is such a great character. I barely remember the movie The Nightmare before Christmas though, I have to remediate to this problem soon! I don’t know why I love Jack so much, is it because of his look? Maybe. Is it because he is a Tim Burton character? I’m not sure (I did LOVE the Corpse Bride too). I think he is just so freaking awesome

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I mean, with this hat, isn’t he super cool?
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Ok I’m being carried away!

This cake roll is easier than the two others (Birthday Cakes and Halloween) in that there is just one color (so less freezing). But it’s harder for the little details. For example, I used a toothpick for Jack’s mouth and the skulls on the fence (do I sound obsessive? Did I mention I did it 2 times? Yeah, I thought so…).

Anyway it’s just too fun to realize, I feel like I’m doing a drawing but on something sweet that I can eat. It’s perfect

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Let me know if you try it! Would love to see what you come up with. The possibilities are infinite!

Jack Skellington Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

You’ll need :

Jack Skellington Decorated Cake Roll

Cake Roll Batter
For about 5 persons

Ingredients
4 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • Beat the eggs. Add the sugar while beating.
  • In a little bowl, sift the flour and the baking powder. Reserve.
  • After beating for 2-3 minutes slowly add the flour and baking powder and mix with a spoon. When the batter is homogeneous, add the water. Combine slowly.

Decoration

Reserve about 2 tablespoons of cake batter. Add black food coloring.

Refrigerate the remaining cake batter while decorating.

Place the template on a baking sheet. About 5 cm from one of the sides. Add a parchment paper on top. Weight down the parchment paper with spoons or  forks you’ll see why later!

Jack Skellington Cake Roll Template

You can almost do all the black drawing in one shot except for the eyes of the what seems to be a little animal on his neck. For this one, just dip a toothpick in the uncolored batter and make little eyes. Don’t add black around the eyes before freezing. Use a piping bag with a #1 tip (this will help you do the little details, if it’s not enough, use a toothpick to sharpen some details). You could also use a Ziploc from which you cut a corner of the size you need. Trace the pattern following the template. I used a #2 tip for the fence.

Jack Skellington Cake Roll Drawing 1

Freeze for about 10 minutes (more if needed). Take the baking sheet out of the freezer. At this point you can fill the little animal with black, I did much later, but it’s no use! Then fill all the shapes with uncolored batter (skulls, Jack’s face, ribbon of the hat, between the fences and jack’s shirt). Freeze again

Jack Skellington Cake Roll Drawing 2

(If your image doesn’t resemble this one it’s normal, I had a little accident! That’s why you should always weight down the parchment paper. It changed nothing to the result, I was lucky, but I could have ruined everything.)

Take the reserved batter. You will put uncolored batter all around your shapes. This will prevent the shapes from deforming when you add the remaining batter.

Jack Skellington Cake Roll Drawing 3

Jack Skellington Cake Roll Drawing 4

 Freeze for the last time. Preheat oven to 375°F. When the decoration is set, remove the template from under your parchment paper (so that the parchment paper with your decorations is directly on the baking sheet) and then pour the remaining batter over the baking sheet where there is no batter yet. Spread evenly with a spatula (over the shapes if it’s not even, else you’ll end up with a cake like my first one).

Jack Skellington Cake Roll Broken

Bake the cake for about 10 minutes. Don’t overbake because it will be hard to roll and it might crack.

Lay a parchment paper on your counter (or a clean kitchen towel). As soon as your cake is out of the oven take out the cake from the pan with the parchment paper, turn over on the parchment paper and remove the parchment paper it was baked in, turn again so that the decorations are facing the counter. Roll the cake in the paper and let cool (you should roll it beginning on the side farther from the decorations).

When the cake is completely cool, unroll then spread the filling. Roll again and you’re done! Enjoy

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Jack Skellington Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

Guest post on Best Friends for Frosting

Halloween Cake Roll

Hello Everyone!

I’m so excited! My guest post is now live on Best Friends for Frosting. Couldn’t really believe it when  Melissa told me she would like my contribution to her website. Have you ever been there? She picks such amazing desserts

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See the tutorial and the recipe on Best Friends for Frosting.

Halloween Cake Roll

Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend! I haven’t forget about my cake pop experiment post, it’s coming

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Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

Yesterday we celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday with my family, he turned 28th on Friday

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I decided to make a strawberry cake roll  but I wanted to try to decorate it. I have seen a few of those cakes and they are so amazing! It’s really not that hard (can be long depending on the pattern you choose to do) and the result is spectacular! I really love this technique and I’m looking forward to try it again (Halloween, Valentine’s day, etc)!

Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

I used this tutorial from Cake central.

You’ll need :

I decided to make some little birthday cakes. I suggest you draw your pattern first so that it is easier to pipe. Here is how I made mine!

Decorated cake roll pattern

Then, put your pattern on a baking sheet and cover with parchment paper.

Prepare the cake (I made a double recipe just in case, but you really don’t need to!) and use the batter to do the decorations. Color as needed.

First you will need some dark brown batter to do the cake icing (if you have too much at the end, keep it for the cakes). You can use a piping bag with a tip or just a Ziploc from which you cut the corner of the size you need. Pipe the icings following your pattern so that it looks like that.

Decorated cake roll frosting

Freeze for about 10 minutes or more if needed, this will prevent your colors from merging.

Now you’ll need just a little blue batter (again if you have too much, keep it to do some green dots). Take the baking sheet out of the freezer and pipe the candles and little blue dots.

Decorated cake roll candles

At this point you could also pipe the cakes, but I did it in two steps because it was really hot here and the decorations were defrosting very quickly.

Freeze again for about 10 minutes. For the cakes you can use your remaining dark brown batter and add some uncolored batter to lighten the brown. Then you can use yellow batter to do the little flames. Finally you can mix the remaining yellow with the remaining blue and do some green dots.

Decorated cake roll complete

Freeze for the last time. When it’s set, remove the pattern drawing from under your parchment paper (so that the parchment paper with your decorations are directly on the baking sheet) and then pour the remaining batter over the baking sheet and the decorations.

Bake the cake for about 10 minutes at 375°F.

Then follow these steps to finish the cake! Updated on 2012-09-16

Don’t overbake because it will be hard to roll and it might crack.

Lay a parchment paper on your counter (or a clean kitchen towel). As soon as your cake is out of the oven take out the cake from the pan with the parchment paper, turn over on the paper laying on the counter then remove the parchment paper it was baked in. Turn the cake again so that the decorations are facing down (the counter), not up. Roll the cake in the paper and let cool. 

When the cake is completely cool, unroll and spread the filling. Roll again and you’re done! 

You’ll be so happy when you remove the parchment paper and you see that it worked

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Enjoy :D 

Decorated Cake Roll Tutorial

Strawberry Cake Roll

Strawberry Cake Roll
As you may now know about me, there is very few non-chocolate desserts that could actually win a competition against a chocolate one, but this strawberry cake roll is one of them (of course I would prefer having both…)! It tastes a lot like a strawberry shortcake. This is not too sweet and it’s the first recipe on this blog without butter, oil or grease!!! I wouldn’t say it’s healthy with all the heavy cream, but it’s healthier than a lot of desserts! It’s delicious, easy to do and cute! Enjoy!
cake roll


Strawberry Cake Roll
For about 5 persons

Ingredients

4 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon water
About 10 strawberries (add more to taste)
2 cups heavy cream
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 17x11x1 inch pan and line with parchment paper.
2. Beat the eggs. Add the sugar while beating.
2. In a small bowl, sift the flour and the baking powder. Reserve.
3. After beating for 2-3 minutes slowly add the flour mixture and mix with a spoon. When the batter is homogeneous, add the water. Combine slowly.
4. Pour the batter on the pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes. Don’t overbake because it will be hard to roll.
6. While the cake is baking, whip the heavy cream. You can add sugar to taste, but it’s very good without it! Cut the strawberries into little pieces and mix with the heavy cream. Refrigerate.
7. Lay a waxed paper on your counter (or a clean kitchen towel). As soon as your cake is out of the oven, remove from pan with the parchment paper, turn over on the waxed paper and remove the parchment paper, roll with the paper and let cool. 
8. When the cake is completely cool, unroll then spread the heavy cream with the strawberries on the cake. Roll again and you’re done!
cake roll 2