Durian Swiss Roll Cake

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Durian Swiss roll is a layer of soft and fluffy cake with luscious durian cream rolled in between. If you are looking for easy durian cake recipes, this swiss roll recipe is a must-try. For variety, you may use fresh mangoes or strawberries instead.

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 30 mins


榴莲瑞士卷, Swiss Roll cake, Swiss Roll Recipe, Swiss Roll Cream, Durian Cake Recipe

Malaysian, Singaporean

Nutrition per Serving

199 kcal
16 g
14 g
3 g

Swiss roll cakes are one of the many delicious desserts found in Asia. Durian swiss roll cake is one of the many specialities in Southeast Asia as durian is a local fruit. You either love or hate durians due to its pungent smell. Anyway, it had been months since my family kept singing praises over a particular type of swiss roll.

This recipe is not any ordinary swiss roll as it consists of durian. It is one of my favourite fruits which I get to enjoy only when it is in season. Anyway, my mom first told me about the Durian Swiss Roll (榴莲瑞士卷), raving about its deliciousness yet without it being overpowering sweet. Not to mention, its pleasant aroma too. My sister who really dislikes durian readily seconded my mom’s opinion and even went on to describe the texture of the luscious and creamy durian that was spread in between the Swiss roll. I feel frustrated not being able to actually taste it and could only allow my imagination to run wild.

As a Malaysian living abroad, I always try to recreate Asian food with their authentic flavours using ingredients that I can get my hands on. Thus, in this case, I found some frozen durian and recreated this delectable cake based on my mom's and sister's description.

Tips for soft and light Swiss roll

The goal of this recipe is to get a soft and light Swiss Roll with perfect whipped cream like those sold at most Asian bakeries. Organic eggs work great in Swiss Roll recipes as they do not have a strong icky smell. For those who are living in Germany, I am using 405 wheat flour which is equivalent to normal cake flour in other countries.

Size of pan

I used a 33 cm x 23 cm cake pan but if you like to have a thicker Swiss roll cake, I would suggest that a slightly shorter cake pan is used. For example, a cake pan of size 27 cm x 23 cm would be perfect. In both cases, you would still have a fluffy light cake. Please note that it must be cooled to room temperature before a layer of durian/whipped cream could be spread on it. If not, you may end up with a watery creamy mess!

Types of filling

Besides durian, I had also experimented using fresh mangoes and strawberries when they were in season. The results were really great too. Feel free to come up with your creation using the fruits you love. I am sure you will be just as amazed with the outcome.


egg white(s)
45 g
egg yolk(s)
5 g
corn starch
25 g
wheat flour
1 1⁄2 tbsp
2 tbsp
200 g
whipping cream
200 g

Steps to Prepare

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 1

Step 1 of 8

    • 3 egg white(s)
    • 15 g sugar

Beat egg whites at high speed until there is a layer of large froth. Then, add sugar a little at a time. Once the froth gets finer, reduce to medium speed and continue beating until it forms a soft peak.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 2

Step 2 of 8

    • 3 egg yolk(s)
    • 15 g sugar

Beat egg yolks at medium speed. Add sugar a little at a time. Continue beating until the colour of egg yolks turns a pale yellow.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 3

Step 3 of 8

    • 5 g corn starch
    • 25 g wheat flour
    • 1 1⁄2 tbsp milk
    • 2 tbsp oil

Sieve mixture of wheat flour and cornflour into beaten egg yolks. Mix well using a spatula. Then, add milk and oil.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 4

Step 4 of 8

Fold in 1/3 of egg whites into egg yolks mixture. Continue until all egg whites are thoroughly mixed in.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 5

Step 5 of 8

Pour batter slowly into a rectangular cake pan lined with baking paper. Tap cake pan on kitchen top a few times or run a skewer through the batter to get rid of air bubbles. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Once the cake is removed from the oven, tap cake pan a few times on kitchen top.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 6

Step 6 of 8

Remove cake from pan immediately. Roll cake into a log using baking paper or a clean kitchen towel.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 7

Step 7 of 8

    • 200 g whipping cream
    • 200 g durian
    • 15 g sugar

Beat cold whipping cream with sugar until stiff. Then, mix blended durian into whipping cream and set aside.

Durian Swiss Roll Cake Step 8

Step 8 of 8

When cake had cooled to room temperature, unroll it to spread whipped cream/durian and carefully roll it back. Refrigerate cake for at least 2 hours before serving.

Published: January 7, 2018

6 Discussions

16 days ago


Hi Grace, can I use 8in by 8in baking pan?

8 days ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

It is suggested to use 33 cm x 23 cm/ 27 cm x 23 cm pan. 8 in x 8 in might be too large. Perhaps you can try to increase the recipe to 1.5x?

7 months ago


Hi there, Is corn flour same as corn starch? Seem like you are making cake flour by combining corn flour with all-purpose flour. Am I right? Can I just use cake flour then? Thanks

7 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

You're absolutely right. We used corn starch here to create cake flour. Simply use cake flour as a substitute. Looking forward to your food snap soon!

10 months ago


Hello Grace, Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love Swiss roll so much. I am new in Germany, may I know what does whipping cream called in german? And where can I get it? Rgds,

10 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

I just Googled this and it is called, schlagsahne. What a mouthful!!

a year ago

Ayu Fatarina

Hi Mira My son doesn't eat durians :( but he loves cakes! Can I just use the whipping cream & sugar instead for the filling? Do I need to increase the whipping cream & sugar? Thank you.

a year ago


Omit durian or replace with other fruits ;) There should be enough whipping cream and I wouldn't add more sugar. It's just nice, not too sweet.

a year ago


I’ve used this recipe and made at least 3 durian Swiss rolls. They turned out beautiful. Thx! I love the texture of this cake. Can we tweak it to make a chocolate Yulelog?

a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Did you upload a food snap too? Share your successful cakes with us! Of course, a bit of cocoa powder in the flour in the whipped cream and flour will do the trick. Adding alcohol in the cream can be really yummy too.

2 years ago

Helena Cheah

I don’t have any left over baking papers. Do you think it is ok to bake it straight on the pan?

2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

The cake will be a mess 'cause it's very tender. Baking paper will help you to remove the cake easily. :D

2 years ago

Helena Cheah


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