Secret Heart Roll Cake

Secret Heart Roll Cake

No-bake pink cheesecake and whipped cream surrounded by a layer of chocolate sponge. How about trying it for Valentine's Day?

Ingredients: 1 roll cake

Roll cake spongecake:
Cake flour
40 g
Cocoa powder
10 g
Granulated sugar
70 g
3 Large
●Unsalted butter
20 g
15 ml
No-Bake Cheesecake:
Cream Cheese (I used Philadelphia brand)
100 g
120 g
Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
Granulated sugar
25 g
Heavy cream
50 ml
Powdered gelatin
6 g
30 ml
Whipped cream:
Heavy cream
100 ml
Granulated sugar
15 g


1. <No-Bake Cheesecake> Wash the strawberries and pick off the stems. Add the powdered gelatin to the water and leave to soak.
2. Add the cream cheese, strawberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice and cream to a food processor and blend together until smooth.
3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and heat it up suspended over a pan of hot water. Take the gelatin and water mixture and heat up in the microwave until the powder is dissolved before adding it to the cheesecake mixture and mixing.
4. Pour the mixture into a container (preferably something quite deep) and place in the refrigerator to chill and set (this should take half a day / one night).
5. <Roll Cake> Sift the cake flour and cocoa powder together. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
6. Add the egg yolks and half of the sugar into a bowl and whisk together until thick.
7. In a separate bowl add the egg whites and the rest of the sugar little by little until you get a stiff meringue. Mix in the egg yolk mixture here.
8. Sift in the powder ingredients and mix together, making sure to mix from the bottom of the bowl. Combine the ingredients marked with ● and heat them in a microwave. Then add to the main mixture and mix well.
9. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and even it out. Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for around 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
10. Whip the cream and sugar together until soft peaks form. To make the sponge into a rectangle shape, cut 5 cm of sponge off one of the longer sides. Spread the cream.
11. When the no-bake cheesecake has set completely, use a cookie cutter to cut out some heart shapes.
12. Cut out 10 shapes and line them up upside-down before wrapping the sponge around tightly.
13. Place the cake so that the edges of the sponge are on the bottom of the roll cake and leave to rest in the refrigerator for over 1 hour.
14. Cut with a warm knife for a clean slice.

Story Behind this Recipe

I thought about making Valentine's Day treats using cream cheese. I also wanted to try making this kind of roll cake and somehow the two ideas blended together. If your strawberries don't give it much of a pink colour, you can top the colour up with pink food colouring.