Calling all cake lovers! Yes, you. :) There is something unequivocally luxurious about a cake that's been shaped into a log. I've had a (huge) variety of cakes throughout my 20 some years of life and nothing so far seems to trump the fruit+the fluffiest whipped cream you ever did have combo from the Korean bakery, rich Argentinean ricotta cake, and roll cakes with all kinds of pretty, swirly colors. I welcome the challenge to try every cake known to human kind, however, because one can never eat too much of the stuff (even for a health nut like me).
For someone who's so madly in love with cake as I am, this black sesame variety is a dream come true. Velvety chocolate cream and a black sesame batter that boasts a fluffy texture without it being so airy that you don't feel like you're actually eating nothing. And for Valentine's Day I assume you want to impress somebody, am I right? And no single food says "I love you" like chocolate does, and well....if we were to be totally honest, no single food says "I'm letting you have the entire stash of chocolate I got from my classmates and co-workers because I'd rather you gain the extra weight. Sorrrryyyy." But in all seriousness, this cake was birthed from the love and excitement I feel for my church family! If I had all the time in the world I would cook and bake all day long just so I could gift a dessert to each one of our members and even our neighbors while I'm at it.
Greg gave me the nudge to bake up something creative (but not too crazy in the taste department) for our new visitors and I jumped at the chance immediately. I hope you decide to give this a try because I know you'll maybe, probably, or definitely love it? ;)
I took the liberty to use my 9x13 inch baking pan simply because I don't own a jelly roll pan, let alone a regular cookie sheet with sides that come up. I cut the cake in half horizontally and it turned out perfectly fine, although I would suggest that you handle it with extreme gentleness and patience. Try to spread the whipped cream on the crumbly surface so the side with the sheen (or the one where the knife didn't cut through) faces outward when rolled up. I noticed this little trick helps the rolling process and minimizes cracks in the cake.
Black Sesame Cake Roll with a Velvety Chocolate Whipped Cream
Makes two cake rolls
Ingredients for cake
1 cup+1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup ground black sesame
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt (or regular)
6 tbsp softened butter
1 large egg+1 egg white
1 cup sour milk*** (1 tbsp vinegar+milk)
1/3 cup honey
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Oil spray for pan
Ingredients for chocolate whipped cream
1 egg white
1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp honey***
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Start by having the sour milk ready about 10 minutes prior to adding it to the batter. Mix 1 tbsp vinegar and add enough milk of choice to make it 1 cup. Preheat the oven to 375 F (191 C). In a large mixing bowl, mix the flours, ground sesame, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with a whisk. In a large bowl with a hand mixer (or stand mixer with whisk attachment), cream butter, eggs, sour milk, honey, sugar, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and lightly mix until well incorporated and there aren't big clumps. Just don't over mix. Have a sprayed 9x13 inch pan ready, pour the batter, and spread evenly. If you use a larger pan you might be able to skip the step of cutting the cake in half horizontally later. Bake for about 25 minutes if using a 9x13" pan.
For the whipped cream, use a stand mixer or hand mixer. Use your ingredients while they're very cold. Whip the egg white until it becomes kind of frothy and add the sugar as you keep beating it for about 30 seconds. Add whipping cream and whip until it forms nice peaks, and then add cocoa and honey and whip until well incorporated. If you don't wish to use honey you can sub it with more sugar and a bit more cream. Refrigerate while getting cake ready.
Unstick the sides of the pan with a large knife, invert the cake on a flat surface and let it cool. Then Cut it horizontally so both sides are about 1/2 inch thick. Spread an equal amount of the whipped cream on the non-crumbly surfaces and roll towards you very carefully and gently. Serve in slices and enjoy!
Favorite black sesame dessert?
What flavors remind you of Valentine's?