S.A.D. and a roll cake

Every year, same time, I experience this sadness, like somebody has died. I don’t have any control over it. And it has started now, this week…and I don´t like it one bit…maybe I’m mourning the end of summer, I am a very much a summer girl.

It’s not that I’m sitting at home, in the dark, crying or not enjoying the fall colours outside. It’s more that I can’t seem to shake off that sadness, feels like something is missing. It’s been like that every fall, for years.

Last week I was checking out all the ads in the subway because I forgot my book and I saw a poster “Fall and winter are the S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) seasons”. So it turns out I have a S.A.D. 🙂 At least I think so! It sounds so unreal that it could actually be a disorder and that other people have it as well. I found out that about 2 to 6% of Canadians will experience S.A.D. in their lifetime. Another 15% experience a milder form of S.A.D.

So to lighten up my mood I turn to food. One of the side effects to S.A.D is a weigh gain, yay, so why stop there 🙂 Let´s bake! 🙂

I wanted to use matcha tea (antioxidants !!! ) in my cake, I decided on making a roll cake.

collage_photocat1Recipe is very easy. This is not copied from anywhere, this is just how I remember it from my childhood.

4 eggs

1/3 cup powdered sugar *sugar lovers can add more 🙂

1/4 cup flour

2,5 tablespoon corn starch

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon matcha powder


400 ml cream cheese

100 ml ricotta

1/4 powdered sugar

10 medium strawberries

1 pear

*I got a 3/4 cup leftovers, not all got used

Preheat oven to 420F.

1. Divide egg yolks and egg whites into different bowls. Add half sugar to whites, half to the yolks. 1.1 Mix together baking powder and corn starch.

2. Beat the egg whites and egg yolks. I beat the egg whites with Kitchen Aid and at the same time I beat up egg yolks with hand mixer. Beat egg whites till thick and until egg yolks take creamy texture.

3. Using wooden spoon mix egg whites and yolks gently together, adding the flower and corn starch/baking powder mixture.

4. Divide the dough, add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to one half (or just use it on the entire cake). Using cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, make 3 large stripes with the matcha powder half and 3 stripes regular. For fun I did the edges pink with the food colouring.

5. Bake 8 min at 420 F. It’s important not to over bake.

collage_photocat36. Make filling, when the cake is in the oven. Mix together cream cheese and ricotta, powdered sugar, cubed pears and strawberries. It took me 6-7 minutes with the help of my stand mixer.

7. Let the cake cool down when it comes from the oven. It doesn’t take long for it to cool. Gently peal off your cake from the parchment paper.

8. Add the filling and roll your cake gently! When you roll, the bottom half of the cake should be the one that comes out on top, it looks nicer 😉  Put in the fridge for 2 hours.

It tasted amazing!

This time I just wanted a cake, next time, I will make it pretty, I´m thinking polka dots!

Usually when spring comes I’m the happiest person in the world! I can’t wait to get out and I’m full of energy. The joy when I see little flowers peaking out from the ground is non describable! I just need to wait for 5 months 🙂

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4 thoughts on “S.A.D. and a roll cake

  1. Looks familiar 🙂 We call it kääretorttu on Finnish! I have never made it in France.

    PS Don’t know how much you eat meat but make sure you get different types of vitamin B (if I remember correctly, particularly 6,9 and 12). I have noticed that these make a huge difference in my mood.
    And if nothing else helps, sit by the window, watch the rain, leaves to fall, and have a glass of red wine 😉

    • I actually eat a lot of vitamin B every day, starting with my morning smoothie. Also I take B12 pill every morning. And shopping helps too 🙂 I just bought a nice jacket and I feel better already!
      I think I should start growing a money tree 😉

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