Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll #CakeSliceBakers

There is a popular drink from Santa Catalina Island called Buffalo Milk.  I had never heard of it until I read about it in The Cake Book while reading this recipe.  This cake has all the same flavors of banana, chocolate, and cream.  

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll

I added a scoop of Chunky Monkey Ice Cream.....Perfection!!!!

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The Cake Book: Beautiful Sweet Treats for Every Craving by Rebecca Firth. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - The Cake Book: Beautiful Sweet Treats for Every Craving - and our choices for February 2024 were ~

Ginger Lime Tea Cake

Thicc Mint Cookie Cake

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll
  • A Day in the Life on the Farm

Woman's Birthday

I served this cake to our daughter, Nicole, for her birthday.  I was planning on using the buttercream frosting recipe that was included in the cookbook but it broke for some reason and I could not fix it.  I ended up throwing it in the trash (3 sticks of butter in that recipe!!!) and sprinkling it with powdered sugar.  

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll

The cake was delicious.  Light, Springy, Sponge with a delicious cream filling.  I was very content without any frosting because I am not a frosting lover.  I thought I had followed the directions well for the frosting but evidently, I messed up somewhere.  I was hoping one of the others had made this cake so I could see if they, too, had problems with the frosting.  I guess we will never know LOL.  What I do know is that it was perfect without the frosting.

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll pin

We also served the cocktail for which this cake was named.  It is sooooo good that you could just have that for dessert.  Stay tuned for that recipe.

desserts, cake, jelly roll, liqueur,
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll

Buffalo Milk Swiss Roll

There is a popular drink from Santa Catalina Island called Buffalo Milk. I had never heard of it until I read about it in The Cake Book while reading this recipe. This cake has all the same flavors of banana, chocolate, and cream.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 15 MinInactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 45 M


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 c. sugar, divided
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 T. vanilla paste
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 3/4 t. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Buffalo Milk Soak
  • 1/4 c. half and half
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T. creme de cocoa
  • 1 T. creme de banana
  • 1 T. Kahlua
  • 1 T. vodka
Whipped Cream Filling
  • 1 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 4 T. powdered sugar + more for sprinkling
  • 1 T. creme de cocoa
  • 1 T. creme de banana


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whisk the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of the sugar, butter, and vanilla on medium speed until lightened in color and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a second bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the cleaned whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until frothy on low setting. Very gradually add the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar. Increase speed and beat on high for another minute or two, until stiff peaks are formed.
  3. Replace the bowl with the egg yolk mixture to the stand mixer. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the egg yolk mixture and mix with the paddle attachment until well blended.
  4. Remove from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, fold in the egg whites, 1/3 at a time, just until any white lumps are gone but some white streaks remain.
  5. Spread onto a 10x15" jelly roll pan that has been covered with parchment paper, in an even layer, about 1/4-1/2" thick. Place into a preheated 350* oven and bake for about 14 minutes.
  6. While the cake is baking, lay a piece of parchment paper, the same size as the pan, onto a counter and dust lightly with flour.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately flip it onto the flour-dusted parchment. Peel off the oven-baked parchment and, using the parchment, carefully roll the cake into a jelly roll. Set aside to cool completely.
  1. Combine the light cream, sugar, creme de cocoa, creme de banana, Kahlua and vodka in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Whipped Cream and Assembly
  1. Place the heavy cream and powdered sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, and beat on low speed until it starts to thicken, increase speed to medium until soft peaks are formed.
  2. Lightly fold in the creme de cocoa and creme de banana by hand.
  3. Unroll the cake and brush with the cake soak (you may not need it all). Cover the cake with an even layer of whipped cream and carefully roll it back into a jelly roll.
  4. Place seam side down onto a serving platter and refrigerate. Dust with additional powdered sugar before serving.


Adapted from a recipe found in The Cake Book by Rebecca Firth

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

17.05 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

10.21 g

Carbs (grams)

30.05 g

Fiber (grams)

0.28 g

Net carbs

29.79 g

Sugar (grams)

21.39 g

Protein (grams)

4.43 g

Sodium (milligrams)

154.51 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

113.75 mg


  1. Wow, I was excited to see this one made! It looks terrific!

  2. Cake rolls are my nemesis! Yours looks perfect and no cracks!!

  3. I love cake rolls, but I have no luck making them. This looks amazingly delicious.

    1. This was a very easy cake until it came time for the frosting.


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