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Gluten-free Chocolate Orange Swiss Roll Recipe (dairy-free/low FODMAP option)

Gluten-free chocolate orange swiss roll recipe - SUPER EASY to make and you'd never know it was Coeliac-friendly and wheat-free too. See the FAQ for advice on how to adapt this recipe to be low FODMAP.
Keyword gluten-free baking, gluten-free recipe, gluten-free swiss roll
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 10 -12 slices
Calories 484kcal
Author Becky Excell


For the sponge:

  • 4 medium eggs separated
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1.5 tsp orange extract
  • 2 tbsp milk dairy-free if necessary
  • 45 g gluten-free plain flour
  • 15 g cocoa powder ensure dairy-free if needed
  • 1 ⁄4 tsp xanthan gum

For the ganache filling and covering:

  • 250 g butter softened (use Stork hard margarine if dairy-free)
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 250 g 54% dark chocolate dairy-free if necessary
  • 2 tsp orange extract

For the orange coloured icing (optional)

  • 100 g butter softened (use Stork hard margarine if dairy-free)
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • orange food colouring gel I always use Sugarflair - linked in the 'what you'll need' section

To decorate (optional)

  • Toblerone chocolate orange twist dairy-free alternative if necessary


For the sponge:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C fan / 200°C. Lightly grease your Swiss roll tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
  • Separate your eggs into two small bowls - egg whites in one and yolks in the other.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add your egg yolks and half the caster sugar (50g). Whisk together until combined, then add your orange extract, milk and oil and whisk once more. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and xanthan gum, and mix in until well combined, thick and glossy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk your egg whites (using an electric hand whisk or stand mixer ideally) until they start to turn white and frothy. Gradually add the remaining caster sugar (50g), whisking until you have medium peaks.
  • In three stages, add your egg white mixture to your egg yolk mixture, folding it in carefully between each addition using a silicone spatula. Once all the egg white mixture is fully folded in, pour your mixture into your prepared tin. Spread it out gently to make sure it’s nice and even and bake in the oven for 10–12 minutes until cooked through.
  • Place a piece of non-stick baking paper on your work surface and dust it with the icing sugar.
  • While your sponge is still warm, loosen it from the tin and flip it out onto the baking paper. Peel off the baking paper on top that once lined the tin – don’t worry if you lose the outer layer of the cake because it sticks to the paper as you peel it off, that’s totally normal. Using your baking paper, roll the sponge up from the short end – the paper should be inside it as you roll. Try to roll fairly tightly, then leave the sponge to cool fully while rolled up. I prop something up against it to stop it from unrolling itself.

For the ganache:

  • While the sponge is cooling you can prepare the filling. Melt your chocolate (I do this is the microwave in short bursts, mixing in between) then put to one side to cool whilst making the rest of the icing.
  • Place your softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl if you intend to use an electric hand whisk), mix on its own on a high speed for about 5 minutes. The butter should change from a more yellow colour to being a lot more pale.
  • Add your icing sugar gradually to the butter (I do this in two stages). I mix each addition of icing sugar for around 3-5 minutes before adding the second half. Now add in your melted, cooled chocolate and mix until fully combined. It should be the right consistency at this point.

For the orange coloured icing:

  • For the buttercream, ensure your butter is soft and at room temperature. Using an electric hand mixer mix for about 3 minutes until the butter has gone a lot more pale in colour.
  • Add your icing sugar and mix for another 3 minutes or so.
  • Add your orange extract and orange food colouring gel - add enough colouring to get it a nice bright orange colour. Mix once more - it should now be done. Ensure it's the right thickness - it should be if you've beaten it for long enough.

To assemble:

  • Carefully unroll your sponge and remove the baking paper. Fortunately I never find the sponge cracks using my recipe, but if it does a little, it doesn't matter - it will all be covered in icing - just be delicate!
  • Spread a layer of about 1cm thick of your filling on the unrolled sponge (I leave about a half cm gap around the edge). Carefully roll the sponge back up and transfer it to a serving board or plate. Do this as tight as you can for the best swirl.
  • Cover the rolled up sponge with the rest of the icing.
  • Spoon your orange coloured buttercream into a piping bag with a large star nozzle. Then pipe your buttercream on top. If you don't want to pipe it, you can spoon it on top too!
  • Finish with any chocolate orange chocolates you can find to decorate. I chose chocolate orange Toblerone and cut them down a little so they weren't such huge pieces. Slice and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g