Guava roll cake (Bolo de Rolo) is a typical Brazilian delicacy from Pernambuco, a beautiful State in the Northeast Coast of Brazil.
It is an artisan cake made of very thin layers of a buttery batter rolled into thin layers of guava paste.
Tourists never leave Pernambuco without taking some Bolo de Rolo home as a souvenir and it is part of the fun the search for the place that sells the most authentic cake, the thinnest layered cake, the one with the highest number of layers, local’s favourite and so on.
The cake is served in fine slices, which balances well the sweetness of a single portion.
It has been in my “must do” list for a while and after a crazy week at work, It was about time to enjoy myself in a sort of craft work in the kitchen. The idea was already making me salivate so I decided to give it a go.
Mariano had some things lined up for the day but he couldn’t resist the sweetness perfume around the house so he decided to stick around and watch me in my first attempt of making Bolo de Rolo.
I got so excited in this food therapy that the outcome was nothing less than a delicious 6 layers cake, crafted very gently in fun and relaxing afternoon.
Bolo de Rolo
250 g sugar
250 g butter
250 g all purpose flour
5 eggs, separated
200 g guava paste
white sugar for sprinkling
Slice the guava paste in small cubes and microwave it for about a minute or until it melts. Let it cool down.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Grease a shallow squared baking tray with the butter and flour.
In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and butter until incorporated.
Gradually add the eggs yolks into the mixture.
Add the flour and keep folding it until you have a light batter.
Beat egg whites in a mixer or a whisk until soft peaks form.
Fold the egg whites into the batter gently.
Spread a thin layer of the batter into the baking tray.
Bake for approximately 4 or 5 minutes. Use your fingers to touch the cake and ensure that it is dry and soft so you can roll it easily.
Place the baked cake in a wet kitchen towel.
Spread a thin layer of guava paste and roll it up quickly, with the help of the towel.
Bake another layer of the batter, spread the guava paste and start rolling it where the previous layer ended.
Repeat the same process until the last layer.
Sprinkle white sugar on top of the cake.
Slice it thinly and gently.