Roll Gold: Custard-Cream, Chocolate-Infused Swiss Roll

Roll-Gold is sweet dish that originates in India and growing up, it was a signature dish at the parties hosted by one of our aunties. The concept is a swiss roll filled with cream, chocolate flakes and shards of boiled sweets, then topped with custard and more chocolates and sweets. The final product is a decadent dessert, that looks so impressive and tastes just as good.


  • 5 eggs
  • 1tsp custard pwoder
  • 1tsp white sugar
  • 1tsp semolina powder
  • 170g coloured boiled sweets, crushed into fragments
  • 50g milk chocolate, grated
  • 500ml double cream
  • 1tsp white sugar
  • Ready-to-eat custard


  1. Heat oven to 180 (Gas Mark 8) and thoroughly grease a 9×11 inch rectangle tin.⠀
  2. Whisk together the eggs, custard powder, 1tsp sugar & semolina powder for approximately 45-50 minutes until it goes fluffy, turns a light pink colour and increases in size.⠀
  3. Meanwhile, set aside the crushed boiled sweets, grated chocolate and custard
  4. Whip the fresh cream with 1tsp sugar until stiff.
  5. Once the egg mixture is whisked and is light and fluffy, pour it into the cake tin. Bake it in the oven until golden and sponge-y: approx.8-10 minutes.⠀
  6. Once baked, remove from the oven and immediately, carefully tip it onto a large tray.⠀
  7. Sprinkle well with 3/4 of the crushed sweets and grated chocolate. Spread over the fresh cream, ensuring it’s fully covering the sponge⠀
  8. Quickly roll up the sponge like a Swiss roll, then lift off the tray and place in a serving dish.⠀
  9. Pour the custard over the Swiss roll⠀
  10. Sprinkle with remaining sweets and chocolate ⠀
  11. Leave in the fridge to cool until ready to serve⠀

Top Tips:

  • Replace the boiled sweets with mithai for a more traditional taste
  • Ensure oven is piping hot and DON’T open it whilst the sponge is baking.
  • If you want to serve it hot, skip the custard step and instead, make/heat it and pour when ready to serve.⠀
  • Once the sponge is done, you have to work really fast. Make sure sweets and fresh cream are prepared beforehand (prepare them whilst the mixture is whisking for that 45-50 minutes)

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