Great Bloggers Bake Off Week 9 – Easy Charlotte Royale

This week, the four remaining contestants on the Great British Bake Off were challenged to make savoury canapés, a Charlotte Royale and an Opera cake. As ever, Helen from The Crazy Kitchen and Jenny from Mummy Mishaps are challenging us to do the same.

Time has been a bit tight this week as I have been doing lots of baking for the Nearly New Sale of my local NCT branch. I made 4 large trays of Rocky Road, a chocolate sponge cake and 18 large cupcakes. I liked the look of the Charlotte Royale as soon as I saw them, however I do not have the time or the inclination to make them in the Classic French way as shown in the programme. Therefore the recipe below is my easy (otherwise called lazy!) version of a Charlotte Royale. I presented the finished Charlotte Royal in my sunning new cake stand from the cookware department at Debenhams. I think it looks lovely and shows the cake off really well.

Easy Charlotte Royale


  • 1 large jam Swiss roll or 2/3 small ones, cut into 1 1/2 cm rounds
  • 184ml tub of double cream
  • 3 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small handful of strawberries, chopped and stalk removed
  • Small handful of raspberries


  1. Line a small Pyrex bowl with cling film. Place the Swiss roll rounds in the bowl to form a wall and completely cover the bowl. Ensure the Swiss roll rounds are close together so no cream will come out.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk up the double cream with the icing sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks are formed. Gently stir in the fruit then carefully put into the Charlotte Royale shell.
  3. Put more Swiss rolls on top then cover with cling film. Then put in the fridge overnight weighed down (I used a large saucepan old and two time).
  4. Once set overnight, carefully remove the Charlotte Royale from the bowl onto a plate/cake stand. Put back in the fridge though if you are not going to eat straight away otherwise the cream will start to soften. Eat and enjoy!

Disclosure: I received the cake stand to review from Debenhams. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.


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7 Responses to Great Bloggers Bake Off Week 9 – Easy Charlotte Royale

  1. I actually think your version sounds nicer than the original, I’d much rather fruit and cream filled sponge. Super job!
    bluebirdsunshine recently posted…Amaretti Opera Cake| GBBO #9My Profile

  2. looks great, love the fruity additions.
    Multi Layer Mummy recently posted…Great Bloggers Bake Off – Week 9 – CanapesMy Profile

  3. I bet this tasted so much better than the ones on the show – not sure I fancy them to be honest…with all that gloop over the top!
    HELEN recently posted…Triple Chocolate TartMy Profile

  4. i often make a version like this but with angel delight inside! yummy and as everyone has said it sounds tastier than the arrowroot gloop they all added to thier royales.
    thanks for joining in Jo x
    Jenny Paulin recently posted…My Week That Was #42 (Project 365)My Profile

  5. This sounds nice and much less complicated that the ones on the show
    Alison recently posted…Apricot Slices RecipeMy Profile

  6. Love the simplicity of this and it looks so pretty!
    BlueBearWood recently posted…Spooky Halloween Cave CakeMy Profile

  7. I’ve still been too scared to try a charlotte royale – this looks great! Pinned. Thanks very much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. There’s a new linky live now – would be brilliant to see you there again! :) x
    Emily @amummytoo recently posted…Three culinary eye openers + #recipeoftheweek 26 Oct – 1 NovMy Profile

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