Sunday 12 January 2014

Slimming World-style Low Fat Chocolate Swiss Roll

 Members of my Slimming World group have been raving about a "half syn cake" for ages; it's so low in fat that is is half a syn for the entire cake. The cake doesn't use any flour or butter so it comes out very flat, so I had the idea of rolling it up to make a Swiss roll. I thought it would be much nicer as a chocolate Swiss roll so I added cocoa powder, which is 1 syn per level tablespoon. I used two in the cake and one in the filling, meaning this whole cake worked out at 3.5 syns, or just over half a syn a slice as I cut it into six pieces.

You need:
4 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tub Quark
3 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp Splenda or other sugar-free sweetener

Preheat oven to 180C. Separate the eggs and whisk the whites until you have soft peaks.

 In another bowl, mix the eggs with 2 tbsp Splenda, half the tub of quark and the baking powder and 2 tbsp cocoa powder.

Mix well and fold into the egg whites.

Line a Swiss roll or shallow baking tin with greaseproof paper and spray with Fry Light, then pour over the cake mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes then allow to cool. When cool, turn over and remove the baking paper.

Mix the remaining cocoa powder and sweetener into the rest of the quark.

Spread over the cooled cake

And roll up to make a Swiss roll.

Slice to serve. It doesn't look all that amazing but it's a decent cake for only half a syn a slice. My boyfriend even enjoyed it and asked for second helpings, which means it's definitely as good as a non-Slimming World cake!

I'm sending this to the One Ingredient Challenge, hosted by Nazima at Franglais Kitchen and Laura at How To Cook Good Food, as the theme this month is healthy recipes.

The Four Seasons Food Challenge, hosted by Louisa at Eat Your Veg and Anneli at Delicieux, is themed around healthy or virtuous recipes as well this month so I am sending over my low fat Swiss roll.

The star ingredient of this month's Tea Time Treats is egg, and since eggs are one of the only things in this cake I think it's perfect! The challenge is hosted by Janie at the Hedgecombers on behalf of Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate of What Kate Baked.


  1. Interesting that this low fat recipe is almost identical to my regular recipe. Looks gorgeous so it's win win!! Happy New Year!

  2. looks good. i love making swiss rolls.haven't done one in ages.

  3. That is quite ingenious! Thanks for sharing with the Tea Time Treats challenge :)
    Janie x

  4. Yummy, a very healthy pud indeedie. You are the queen at low cal puds! Thanks so much for entering it to Four Seasons, it most certainly is 'Virtuous'!

  5. Sorry, this was terrible. It tasted like chocolate scrambled eggs with a bad aftertaste. But thanks for trying :)

    1. That's a shame you didn't like it - it's not my favourite either but if you are looking for a healthy alternative to cake I think it works, and this dessert is very popular in my Slimming World group!

  6. When thinking about Bloggers Around the World and Switzerland, Swiss roll also came to my mind.

  7. this is is brill I use raspberry quarke and mint options in recipe beautiful


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