Photo Essay: Nonna’s chocolate roll cake.

One of the big motivations behind putting together my cookbook was to actually record and preserve some of my family’s recipes. We’re Italian, which means two things – the food is delicious, and recipes are rarely written down. They’re just remembered, somehow.

One of the recipes I really wanted to learn to bake myself and ensure was recorded was my great grandmother’s chocolate roll cake. It’s my dad’s favourite, and he has some really fond memories around this cake. I was really excited when my auntie (dad’s sister) offered to show me the ropes and take me through the whole procedure.

It took us the best part of the day, but we finally got the whole recipe down on paper, and I got some really beautiful photos in the process. If you’d like the recipe, you’ll have to buy the book, I can’t reveal it all here! But I do want to share some of the shots we got on the day that captured this amazing experience  : )

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3 thoughts on “Photo Essay: Nonna’s chocolate roll cake.

  1. Thats a very special looking cake, is there a special Italian name for it? I want to try to find something similar in Melbourne to try haha. Its same here for Chinese recipes, there are no written recipes and there are no fixed quantities given for ingredients, everything is just an estimation.

    • It tasted pretty special too 🙂 No, no special name that I know of… I’ve always known it as Nonna’s chocolate roll cake! Isn’t it frustrating when the recipes aren’t written down?! So important for our generation to record it all!

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