How To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake At Home

Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cake

Do you want a dessert recipe that’s bombe (pun intended!). Then, you should try Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas cake recipe. It is a cake-like no other. In fact, it isn’t a cake technically. It is a swiss roll dessert filled with a sweet meringue filling. But swiss roll is similar to cake and meringue is similar to icing, so this bombe dessert is the cake’s first cousin.

Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for Christmas cake might be slightly unconventional, but it is delicious as ever. The filling has mixed glacé fruit, which is candied peels, and fruits. This gives the cake a surprise tang and sweet flavor in a bit. The meringue is made with egg whites and sugar syrup. The filling also has cherries, pistachios, orange liqueur, and ginger syrup. The Christmas flavor comes from the preserved ginger.

I love this recipe because it doesn’t burn my hand. Just assemble this cake or dessert, whatever you want to call it, and chill it for some time in the fridge. It’s that easy! Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas cake is delicious and you can call it a ‘bombe’ dessert (wordplay done!). Find the complete recipe for Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas cake below. But before you check it out, explore the other Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas recipes.

1. Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding- Gordon ramsay’s Christmas pudding is made with delicious apples and dry fruits. You’ll also find a citrusy freshness because of mixed peel and zest. The spices add the Christmassy flavors to the pudding. This delicious pudding is a coming together of many amazing flavors.

2. Gordon Ramsay’s Bread And Butter Pudding- Gordon Ramsay’s bread and butter pudding is an amazing dessert even though its names makes it sound dull. It is made with pain au chocolat that is covered in butter. It is then dipped in a rich mixture of cream, milk, and eggs and then baked to make a heavenly holiday pudding.

3. Gordon Ramsay’s Apple Crumble- Gordon Ramsay’s apple crumble is a great apple dessert. It is made with a sweet and tangy apple filling and is topped with a crumbly granola mixture. The top turns golden when baked. This dessert is an easy recipe when you don’t want to bake a pie.

4. Gordon Ramsay’s Mince Pies Do you want to bake a different pie this Christmas? Then, bake Gordon Ramsay’s mince pies. These delicious pies are made with crispy pastry and a sweet mincemeat filling. The best part is that these pies can be stored for a longtime

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake?

  • 2 Liter Bowl- Assemble the cake in the 2-liter bowl.
  • Large Bowls- Make the meringue mixture in one bowl and whip the cream in another.
  • Cling Film- The cling film will make sure that your cake stays together when chilling.
  • Small Heavy-Based Saucepan- Make the sugar syrup in this saucepan.
  • Flat Plate- You need a flat plate to cover the top of the bowl with the cake.
  • Whisk, Spatula, and Knife- Whisk the eggs and cream using a whisk. Spatula will be used for mixing and folding. Lastly, use the knife for slicing, cutting, and chopping purposes. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake?

Preparation Time Chilling TimeTotal Time
30 Minutes1 Hour1 Hour 30 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake?

  • Chocolate Swiss Roll- The swiss roll slices are what make the dome top and base for the cake. 
  • Cherries in Kirsch-Flavored Syrup- This serves two purposes. Add the cherries to the filling and drizzle the kirsch-flavored syrup over the swiss rolls. 
  • Caster Sugar and Water- Make the sugar syrup but boiling sugar and water together. 
  • Preserved Stem Ginger- The ginger syrup and the preserved ginger stem are both used for flavoring the cake. 
  • Mixed Glacé Fruit– The glazed fruit mixture is just a fancy word for candied fruits. It contains candied orange and lemon peels along with cherries, pineapples, and citron. 
  • Pistachios- The pistachios are toasted and roughly chopped. Then, they are added to the filling.
  • Egg Whites- The egg whites as the base for the meringue filling. There’s no meringue without egg whites, am I right?
  • Double Cream- The double cream is also whipped and folded into the meringue mixture.
  • Grand Marnier- The orange liqueur adds depth as well as a bitter citrus flavor to the filling.
  • Redcurrant Sprigs- Once the cake is made, beautify it with some redcurrant sprigs.
  • Icing Sugar- Lastly, all you need to as a finishing touch is dust the cake with icing sugar. 
Christmas Swiss Roll Bombe Cake

Steps To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake 

1. Rolly-Polly

Line the 2-liter bowl with cling film and cut the swiss roll into 1-cm thick slices. Line the swiss roll slices at the bottom and side of the bowl. Cut the slices into smaller pieces to fill the gaps between the slices. This will make the dome shape of your Christmas cake. 

Once done, drain the cherries and save the syrup. Drizzle the kirsch-flavored syrup over the swiss roll slices. Save some syrup for later to drizzle on the top of the cake. Set the bowl aside.

2. Of Syrupy Consistency

Now, it’s time to make the sugar syrup. Take a heavy-based saucepan and add sugar and water to it. Boil it on medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the syrup becomes somewhat thick. If you have a sugar thermometer, use it. If it registers 120℃, then your syrup is ready. 

3. Now For The Meringue and Cream

In a bowl, add the egg whites and then whisk them until they have soft peaks. Add the sugar syrup to the egg whites while whisking continuously. Whisk it until it has fluffed up to double its amount and is shiny and the bowl has cooled down a bit. 

Take another bowl and pour the cream into it. Whisk it until it has soft peaks as well. Then, fold the ginger syrup into the cream, followed by orange liqueur and the meringue. 

4. A Fruity Affair

Add the cherries, preserved ginger, mixed glacé fruit, and pistachios to the cream and meringue mixture and stir. This will give a variety of texture and flavors to the cream. You get the sweet flavor of cherries, the intense flavor of the mixed glacé, and the crunch of pistachios. 

Spoon this filling into the swiss roll bowl and fill it up. Your cake is almost ready. Smoothen the top and close the bottom with more swiss roll slices. Pour the remaining kirsch-flavored syrup over the swiss rolls and then cover with cling film. Place a plate over it to weigh it down. If you don’t have a heavy plate, place a regular plate and weigh it down with a tin. This is done, so the base for the cake is even and not wobbly. 

Keep the bowl in the refrigerator for an hour and then remove the plate. The base would be set by now. Freeze it for some more time until completely set.

5. For The Bombe Cake

Then, take it out and remove the cling film. Place the cake on the top side down on a serving plate. Top it with some redcurrant sprigs and dust with icing sugar. Your delicious Christmas cake is ready.

How Will Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake Taste And Look Like?

The cake looks really beautiful if you ask me. I mean the swiss roll looks all swirly and that just makes the cake look pretty. The filling tastes sweet with a lot of textures and flavors. The fruity and citrus flavors come from the mixed glazed fruit, cherries, and orange liqueur. You also get a good taste of the ginger. The meringue and cream filling is sweet and smooth. You can also taste the earthy and sweet taste of pistachios. The filling and the chocolate swiss roll go really well together. All you have to do is fill it and chill it.

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Swiss Roll Bombe Cake

Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake Recipe

Gordon Ramsay's Christmas cake is actually a no-bake bomb dessert. The recipe is quite simple and you need to make meringue filling. The outer layer is made of thinly cut swiss rolls. Then, you and the cake both have to chill and it's ready.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Chef’s Delight
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 2 Liter Bowl
  • 2 Large Bowls
  • Cling film
  • Small Heavy-Based Saucepan
  • Flat Plate
  • Whisk, Spatula, and Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 400 g Chocolate Swiss Roll (jumbo size)
  • 390 g jar Cherries in Kirsch-Flavored Syrup
  • 180 g Caster Sugar
  • 50 g Preserved Stem Ginger in syrup (chopped) (1 tablespoon syrup from the jar)
  • 30 g Mixed Glacé Fruit (chopped)
  • 30 g shelled Pistachios (toasted, roughly chopped)
  • 2 large Egg Whites
  • 300 ml Double Cream
  • 75 ml Water
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • Few Redcurrant Sprigs (for topping)
  • Icing Sugar (for dusting)

Instructions
 

  • The first thing you have to do is line the 2-liter bowl with cling film. Then, cut the swiss roll into 1-cm thick slices. Line the swiss roll slices at the bottom and side of the bowl. Cut the slices into smaller pieces to fill the gaps between the slices.
  • Once done, drain the cherries and drizzle the kirsch-flavored syrup over the swiss roll slices. Save some syrup for later to drizzle on the top of the cake. Set the bowl aside.
  • Now, take a heavy-based saucepan and add sugar and water to it. Boil it on medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the syrup becomes somewhat thick
  • In a bowl, add the egg whites and then whisk them until they have soft peaks. Add the sugar syrup to the egg whites while whisking continuously. Whisk it until it has fluffed up to double its amount.
  • Take another bowl and pour the cream into it. Whisk it until it has soft peaks as well. Then, fold the ginger syrup into the cream, followed by orange liqueur and the meringue.
  • Add the cherries, preserved ginger, mixed glacé fruit, and pistachios to the cream and meringue mixture and stir.
  • Spoon this filling into the swiss roll bowl and fill it up. Smoothen the top and close the bottom with ore swiss roll slices. Pour the remaining kirsch-flavored syrup over the swiss rolls and cover with cling film. Place a plate over it to weigh it down. Keep the bowl in the refrigerator for an hour and then remove the plate. Freeze it for some more time until completely set.
  • Then, take it out and remove the cling film. Top with some redcurrant sprigs and dust with icing sugar. Your delicious Christmas cake is ready.
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This was all about Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas cake recipe. This swiss roll bombe is an easy and no-bake dessert to make for your Christmas dinner. If you have any suggestions or want to tell us about how well you like the recipe, mention all of them in the comments below. See you next time. Until then, happy cooking!

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