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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ube Cake Roll

Manang's Ube Cake Roll

As I mentioned before, my first attempt at ube roll failed. So I tried a second time. I based the recipe below on a pumpkin roll recipe from epicurious, but I used 5 eggs only because that was all I had in my fridge, and they were jumbo anyway (recipe called for 6 large eggs). I also omitted the spices and replaced it with pandan essence plus the food coloring. I goofed, though, in that I broke the yolk of one egg, so I just placed the whole thing along with the rest of the egg yolks, and I was left with only 4 egg whites to whip up to make the sponge.

Now this is not in anyway like that of Goldilocks, but I was able to come up with a good thickness and sponginess of the cake, and I loved the cream cheese filling (the recipe of which I based on a pumpkin cream cheese filling shared by my friend Fe) . My kids were very excited to try it, and they loved it. I offered to hubby.

Hubby: I already tasted that before.
Me: This is a different recipe.

So maybe out of politeness, he said he would taste just a pinch off the edge.

Hubby: Hmmm. It's good! It reminds me of pumpkin roll that Mom used to make,with cream cheese filling.
Me: I based the recipe on pumpkin roll but I used ube instead of pumpkin.
Hubby: I didn't like the pumpkin roll.
Me: So, you don't like this?
Hubby: O, I like it. I did not like the pumpkin roll, but this is good. As a matter of fact, can I have half of that slice?

My husband usually does not have dessert right after supper, so this is a good sign. I shared with him half of what I had on my plate (and I ended up getting another smaller slice.

I was quite successful in rolling this cake without a single break. I probably did the right method basing on tips I read before: don't over beat the egg whites; don't overbake; and roll while hot.

The recipe below will only be for the cake. For the filling, refer to Ube Cream Cheese Filling post. Before you start baking, separate the eggs while they are cold. Best to whipe whites when they are room temp. Also, take out your cream cheese and butter to soften at room temp before you beat to make the filling.

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Ingredients:

3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
5 eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup ube haleya
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp pandan essence
25 drops purple and 10 drops blue food coloring (up to you to come up with the color you want)

Instructions:

Line a 15 Inch x 10 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. To make it stick to the pan, rub some shortening onto the pan before placing the parchment paper.

Pre-heat oven to 375 deg F. Beat yolks and sugar for about 3 minutes until creamy light yellow in color. Add ube, pandan essence and beat until well blended. Add food coloring to desired color intensity. Add flour and blend well. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry (about 2 minutes or so). Fold into the batter in 3 parts. Transfer to pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or as soon as top springs back on light tapping of your finger or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

While baking, prepare a clean flour sack (not towel). Sprinkle a generous amount of confectioner's sugar so cake does not stick to the towel. As soon as cake is done, transfer to towel, peel off wax paper, then roll with the towel starting on the short end. Let cool completely before frosting.





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62 comments:

  1. ano bo ung meaurement ng ube na mimixed dun sa egg tnx po

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  2. This looks so good - I want a piece, too!

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  3. I can definitely see the sponginess of this delicious Swiss roll( this is the name I grew up with).

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  4. Just wanted to let you know I finally posted a thank you to you for passing on the Lemonade Award! Maraming salamat po! 8-)

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  5. Can't wait to make this. I'm having PInay friends over for lunch next week and this might be the one to make :-)

    Thanks for sharing

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  6. wow, ive been waiting for this for so long. looks really nice, im going to try it soon and ill tell u ano kalalabasan. ty so much...

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  7. if iam going to make it a chocolate roll, should i change the ube haleya with cocoa powder? u think that would be ok? ty

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  8. Anonymous,
    yung ube haleya, 2/3 cup [andun sa list of ingredients :) ]

    Nazarina A,
    I feel honored to have been visited by you! You are a kitchen goddess!

    TN
    Sowee, all gone!

    Claire,
    Make the ube haleya ahead of time, and set aside a lot. Mixing the leftover cream cheese (from making this cake) with haleya (1:2) made the creamiest ube haleya I have ever tasted after you heat the mixture in the microwave.

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  9. ellen,

    I am not sure if that will come out good using cocoa powder, but I do have a chocolate hazelnut roulade (aka swiss roll) recipe I saw in fresh mag (hannaford's mag) that I initially wanted to base my recipe on but changed my mind because I hesitated with the powder to ube haleya

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  10. Hello manang,ginawa ko to kanina,kaso lang wala akong mga food coloring kaya d sha purple kundi pink,pero masarap ha,kukunti na lang ang natira,sira diet ko..heheheh,thanks again manang..

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  11. yummy rolls Manang..feel like grabbing one..:)

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  12. Wena, you are always welcome! Well, if not for my familiarity with ube cake, I would not have been compelled to make it look purple. For me naman, it's the taste that really matters.

    Hi Varsha,
    That's the same way I feel about your tandoori chicken!

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  13. wow thanks so much for that recipe manang, thats what i wanted. but i will still try the ube roll once i make ube haleya. ty

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  14. Congrats at successful na ang 2nd attempt. It looks good, lalo na may cream cheese. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. :D

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  15. hello po , gusto k po sana makarecieve ng email if ever meron new update sa blog nyo. problem is pag cliclick k na ung follw this blog icon arabic na po kc lumalabas. by the way im from kuwait and ive been follwing ur blog religiously. trying lng po kc ako sa pagluluto lalo na my mother is not around 2 cook for me. mahirap po kc ofw. hehehehehehe. my email is noopys_23@yahoo.com. thanks po manang for sharing your talents. i really admire you.

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  16. Hi liza,
    Thanks! It's still not like goldilocks (I think goldilocks is more like sponge cake rather than swiss roll), but this will do.

    Hi anonymous (noopys),
    I think it will be easier to set up that you receive email every time I have a new post if you will click on the "Posts" button" under "Subscribe To" which I placed now on upper left sidebar above the "foodbuzz featured publisher" button. But I will also try to see if I can automatically email you anytime I have a new post.
    Thanks for being a loyal reader! :)

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  17. looks so yummy, Manang.. planning to make one for us.

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  18. Hello manang, thanks for the visit & comments:) this ube cake looks Delish :) I will try to make the ensaymada again.

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  19. I love ube roll... you made me miss Goldilocks... hmnn.. good job there! :oD

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  20. scrolling down your site, i see that you're on an ube roll indeed! lol! my daughter's fave! i should really really try this one!:) and i'm thinking this would be soon!:)

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  21. Ooh the cake looks perfect, nakakainggit.:)
    I'll try to bake using your recipe, hope it turns out well.

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  22. hi manang! i'm so glad i landed on your blog! thanks for sharing this recipe! i'm an ube cake girl, esp the buttery ones! kahit yung sa neighboorhood panaderia, papatulan ko basta ube! haha! i will definitely try this soon! thanks again and God bless!

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  23. Hi Happy Tummy!
    thanks for dropping by! I hope you will like this ube cake :)

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  24. hi manang, i was able to try the ube roll last weekend! i failed on the sponge (maybe because of the eggs?) but what the heck the ube cream cheese filling madethe whole thing FANTASTIC and my friends loved the rolls still! of course, thanks to you! there will still be a lot of attempts in the future! and will also post it soon, super busy lang po kasi! i just wanted to let you know muna! regards! :)

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  25. Hi Jam,
    wonder what exactly happened to your sponge?
    I agree with that ube cream cheese filling. And like I said in my ube haleya post, if you want your ube haleya extra special, mix 50-50 of plain ube with cream cheese ube filling, and it's gonna be super out-of-this-world ube haleya.

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  26. hi manang! good morning! i posted it na po! thanks a lot! see my booboos there! *lol*

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  27. Hi Jam,
    I am sure next time you will do better! That's how we usually learn better - when we make mistakes.
    Thanks for trying my recipe out and posting about it!

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  28. hi manang, how do u make the ube frosting? hindi ata included dito sa recipe mo.
    ty..

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  29. hi elle,
    yung link sa ube cream cheese filling...it's the same thing I used as frosting.

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  30. thanks a lot. I'll make one on New Year.

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  31. NYC chocoholic3/31/2010 3:34 PM

    Sorry, maybe I missed something -- when do you add the food coloring when you're making the cake? Can't wait to try this recipe :)

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  32. Hi NYC,
    Sorry I forgot to include it in the written instructions (but it was in the slide! haha!). Anyway, I corrected already. :)

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  34. Hi Kate,
    I used the same filling to frost/ice the cake.

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  35. i really want to cook like this but the problem is i dont how to cook ube cake
    guzzz!1!!!

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  36. Hi manang, ask ko lng po kung pwede ang ube powder? Thanks and more power.

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  37. Hello Manang!Saan ba makakabili ng pandan essence?Thank you!
    Y2kness

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  38. Hi Y2kness,
    pinadala lang sa akin yung pandan essence eh. Sorry, but I think if you are in an area where there are Asian stores or Filipino stores, you would find it.

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  39. hello!
    i am wondering if i can use ube powder instead of halaya...

    thanks!

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  40. hi Anonymous,
    yes you can, but make it into halaya first, to use in this recipe.

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  41. Hi Manag, thank you for sharing your recipes. I just want to know if there's any substitute to the flour sack?

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  42. Hi Anonymous,
    Go to walmart where they have the housebuilding stuff. Find the bag of white cotton rags (get the big cuts) and wash these thoroughly. These would be perfect in place of flour sack.

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  43. Hi Manang,

    Thank you for sharing your recipes, especially this one. I miss ube roll from Goldilocks, and I'm craving to eat one. I'll try your recipe and I'll let you know how it turns out.

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  44. i tried this recipe and it turns out the cakeis so dry. what went wrong?

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  45. Hi Anonymous,
    Maybe you overbaked? Oven temp varies, so maybe that's the reason, if you followed everything else.

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  46. Hi manang, can I substitute commercially available ube like the ones that you buy in baguio (in jars) for the ube halaya? or it's not the same?

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  47. Hi Neil,
    I'm not sure if the Baguio ube haleya taste as good. But if I were you, try to taste it first, and maybe you can make it yummier with condensed milk before you use for cake.

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  48. hi manang...all ingredients are prepared but i dont know where to start heheheeee...ube powder lang meron d2 sa italy...pwede kaya??? gus2 ko try gawin kung sucesful pwde ko gawin sa 1st b day ng baby ko tanx again...

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  49. HI Anonymous,
    PRepare the ube powder into halaya first. Then proceed with the cake. :)

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  50. Hi Manang,
    I tried this recipe, it was delish! although, the cake didnt turn out as "spongy". For the cake part, I put 1 tsp of baking powder and for the egg whites, I also put 1 tsp cream of tartar. I know they're not listed as part of the ingredients. It's just a habit of putting them in when I make other cakes.
    When I beat the egg whites, I made sure it was stiff but not too dry. I baked the cake in 12 mins to make sure not to over bake. Any suggestions to make it a "spongy" cake? I would like to bake the cake again this weekend.

    Thanks!

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  51. Hi Anonymous,
    I think the incorporation of ube halaya would make this hard to get real spongy like the satiny cakes of goldilocks. Ube haleya tends to lock moisture in and make the cake dense, so for such a kind of spongy goodness like those in commercial bakeshops, you might have to use ube extract and food coloring instead of the real thing, then just make up for the real ube haleya in the cream cheese frosting.

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  52. Hi Manang,

    I would like to ask if you have a recipe of ube cake but not in a sponge roll form but a 9 or 10 inch size cake.I plan to make a birthday cake for my daughter whos turning 3 and her favorite color in the world is "purple".She hardly eats any cake I bake but maybe she would fancy this one.Your ube halaya frosting with cream cheese looks like a winner.I dont know how to modify your recipe into a regular shaped cake.any advice? Thanks, your blogs are very helpful.

    Chat

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    1. Hi Chat,
      Sorry for this late reply. I don't have a recipe for those size of pans, but if I were to try to make this recipe into round cake, I would probably make one batch per layer of a 10-inch pan. One 10-inch round pan 2 inches tall has a volume of 157 ml. The jelly pan I used here has a volume of 150 ml. The cake batter above did not fill the jelly roll pan to the brim, so I would think that the 10-inch pan would have enough volume to accommodate the cake batter as it expands while baking. Just a warning, as I have said above, this is not the Goldilocks kind of ube cake. The ube haleya tends to make the cake denser. If you would prefer it light, I would suggest making a chiffon cake using McCormick ube flavoring then use the ube haleya in making the frosting. I hope this is not too late for your daughter's birthday. My son also had his birthday last week, so I got busy last weekend.

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  53. Hi Manang,
    I would like to try this recipe but I would like to bake it in a square, round or recatngular plan,do you have the exact size of the pan and how many minutes shall i bake them?i have had no success with cake rolls before so I dont want to take my chances with your yummy recipe.Maybe 2 round pans with filling in betweens?Thanks in advance and I love your blog, very informative and great recipes and comments.

    Chat

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    1. Hi Chat,

      The above pan was 10x15x1 (that would be about 150 cubic inches by volume, roughly 10 cups capacity. Know your pan's capacity. I am guessing this will probably be okay in two square or round pans, or one big enough rectangular pan. You will have to guess the time for baking them in your oven, but it would probably take more than 30 minutes. Just keep checking using the tapping or toothpick method and make notes so you will remember your own oven's baking times for certain sizes of pan.

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  54. Yes!! it's here, finally found the UBE Roll. You are so amazing to have come up with this Blog. Two thumbs up for you Manang! Love it..Please continue sharing with us your recipes especially to us that lives away from Philippines and that has no access to Filipino foods like those who lives in CA. I am from MO. I've already posted in our of your Blogs asking for Ube Roll recipe. Now I will look for the Chocolate roll and Mocha roll. Thanks again. - rnmimi64@yahoo.com

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  55. hi, ano po un ginamit nyo na frosting?

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    1. Hi. Same recipe I used for filling: http://kusinanimanang.blogspot.com/2009/02/ube-cream-cheese-filling.html

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  56. I love your recipe.. Ive baked this a lot and my friends love it! Thanks a lot.

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I can't believe I missed this comment! Thanks for your feedback!

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  57. I have tried today and it was perfect. thanks for the tips.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,
      Thanks for your feedback! I am glad my tips helped! :)

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