Daring Baker's Swiss Roll Ice Cream Bomb

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

This ice cream bomb looks crazy. It looks like a brain. Swirly brainish looking things scare me a lot- its just kind of a thing I have.To make it less brain-ish looking I decided to mold it into the shape of a traditional round cake instead of a dome but it still has that creepy swirly thing going on.

The challenge was to make the swiss roll, two different ice creams, a fudge and then mold everything into a bombe. I also attempted to put a little Mexican twist on mine by making Mexican hot chocolate ice cream and horchata (cinnamon rice milk) ice cream. Instead of fudge, I made some homemade dulce de leche and then I spiced the chocolate swiss roll and filling with some cinnamon.

The recipes that I made up and used for the ice cream turned out to be not as flavorful as I would liked them to have been. The Mexican hot chocolate ice cream was made with Mexican hot chocolate powder, whole milk and eggs with some extra cinnamon and cayenne to kick up the flavor. The horchata ice cream was basically just homemade horchata made with whole milk instead of water and then with some egg yolks added to thicken it up into a custard.

I own an ice cream machine but I wanted to try to make one of the ice creams by hand this time. I made the chocolate in the machine and then used the freezing and stirring every half hour method for the horchata. To my surprise, the method by hand yielded a much fluffier, lighter ice cream than the machine did. This could have been due to the small amount of ice cream that I made (so a lot of it froze to the bowl of the ice cream machine itself instead of being churned).

I used a small stock pot to form the bomb into the shape I wanted. When it came time to cut, the Mexican hot chocolate ice cream was frozen solid! I wasn't a big fan of the bomb taste-wise because of the way my ice creams turned out but I LOVE the idea and the presentation is pretty neat [for people who aren't scared of swirly things like me]. I'll definitely be making this again except maybe with some different ice creams and flavor combos.

Swiss roll ice

cream cake

(inspired by the recipe of the same name from the Taste of Home website)

The Swiss rolls-

Preparation time- 10


Baking time- 10-12 minutes

Rolling and cooling time

- at least 30 minutes

Filling-5-8 minutes

Filling and rolling- 5-10 minutes


6 medium sized eggs

1 C / 225 gms caster sugar /8 oz+ extra for rolling

6 tblsp / 45gms/ a pinch over 1.5 oz of all purpose (plain) flour + 5 tblsp/40gm /a pinch under 1.5 oz of natural

unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted together

2 tblsp /30ml / 1 fl oz of boiling water

a little oil for brushing the pans

For the filling-

2C / 500 mls/ 16 fl oz of whipping cream

1 vanilla pod, cut into small pieces of about ½ cm (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

5 tblsp / 70gms/2.5oz of caster sugar


  1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C /400 deg F approximately. Brush the baking pans ( 11 inches by 9 inches ) with a little oil and line with greaseproof baking paper. If you have just one pan, bake one cake and then let the pan cool completely before using it for the next cake.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and sugar and beat till very thick; when the beaters are lifted, it should leave a trail on the surface for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Add the flour mixture, in three batches and fold in gently with a spatula. Fold in the water
  4. Divide the mixture among the two baking pans and spread it out evenly, into the corners of the pans.
  5. Place a pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or till the centre is springy to the touch.
  6. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle a little caster sugar over it.
  7. Turn the cake on to the towel and peel away the baking paper. Trim any crisp edges.
  8. Starting from one of the shorter sides, start to make a roll with the towel going inside. Cool the wrapped roll on a rack, seam side down
  9. Repeat the same for the next cake as well.
  10. Grind together the vanilla pieces and sugar in a food processer till nicely mixed together. If you are using vanilla extract, just grind the sugar on its own and then add the sugar and extract to the cream.
  11. In a large bowl, add the cream and vanilla-sugar mixture and beat till very thick.
  12. Divide the cream mixture between the completely cooled cakes.
  13. Open the rolls and spread the cream mixture, making sure it does not go right to the edges (a border of ½ an inch should be fine).
  14. Roll the cakes up again, this time without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge till needed, seam side down.


  1. Cut the Swiss rolls into 20 equal slices ( approximately 2 cms each ).
  2. Cover the bottom and sides of the bowl in which you are going to set the dessert with cling film/plastic wrap.
  3. Arrange two slices at the bottom of the pan, with their seam sides facing each other. Arrange the Swiss roll slices up the bowl, with the seam sides facing away from the bottom, to cover the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till the slices are firm (at least 30 minutes).
  4. Soften the vanilla ice cream. Take the bowl out of the freezer, remove the cling film cover and add the ice cream on top of the cake slices. Spread it out to cover the bottom and sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till firm ( at least 1 hour)
  5. Add the fudge sauce over the vanilla ice cream, cover and freeze till firm . ( at least an hour)
  6. Soften the chocolate ice cream and spread it over the fudge sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4-5 hours till completely set .
  7. Remove the plastic cover, and place the serving plate on top of the bowl. Turn it upside down and remove the bowl and the plastic lining. If the bowl does not come away easily, wipe the outsides of the bowl with a kitchen towel dampened with hot water. The bowl will come away easily.


  1. Looks nice and yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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  2. oh god that looks like so much work