Gipsy Arm – A Decadent Dessert

If you’re looking for a dessert that combines the rich flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and a light, airy texture, then the Gipsy Arm is the perfect treat for you. This delightful dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings and impress your guests. Let’s dive into the recipe!


For the Sponge:

  • 4 yolks
  • 135g of sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 40g of melted butter
  • 60g of flour
  • 15g of bitter cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 egg whites

For the Vanilla Cream:

  • 300cc of cream
  • 60g of powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

To Cover:

  • 70g butter
  • 210g of 60% cocoa chocolate


Step 1: Preparing the Sponge

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar until you achieve a smooth, creamy consistency.
  2. Add the vanilla essence and the melted butter to the egg yolk mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients, which include flour, bitter cocoa, baking powder, and salt, and add them to the mixture. Mix until you have a homogeneous batter.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, gradually adding the remaining sugar. This will create a meringue-like texture.
  5. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the previous batter, using enveloping movements to maintain the fluffiness. The result should be a light and airy mixture.

Step 2: Baking the Sponge

  1. Cover a baking tray measuring 30 x 45 cm with parchment paper, greasing it first. Spread the sponge batter in a thin, even layer on the parchment paper.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven at a medium temperature of 180ºC for approximately 10 minutes. The sponge should rise and turn golden.
  3. While the sponge is still hot, carefully remove it from the tray and place it on a buttered parchment paper sprinkled with bitter cocoa. Roll up the sponge and allow it to cool.

Step 3: Preparing the Vanilla Cream

  1. For the filling, prepare a delicious vanilla cream by beating the cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it’s whipped and fluffy.

Step 4: Assembling the Gipsy Arm

  1. Carefully unroll the cooled sponge and spread the whipped vanilla cream evenly over its surface.
  2. Gently roll the sponge back up with the cream filling, creating the classic rolled shape of the Gipsy Arm. Allow it to cool well.

Step 5: Adding the Chocolate Covering

  1. To finish, melt the chocolate with the butter using a double boiler or the microwave. Once melted and smooth, pour the chocolate mixture over the rolled sponge, ensuring it’s completely covered.

The Gipsy Arm is now ready to be sliced into delightful portions and served. Each bite will be a combination of velvety sponge, sweet vanilla cream, and a rich chocolate covering.

This dessert is a perfect choice for special occasions or when you simply want to treat yourself to something sweet and indulgent. Enjoy the deliciousness!

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