Cake Roll Recipes: A Homemade Delight for Chocolate Lovers

by | Nov 14, 2023

Desserts have an epic place in the world of food fest; desserts make every event more beautiful. Cake rolls are a timeless classic in the empire of flavorsome desserts.

These beautiful sweets, with their perfect combination of moist cake, rich fillings, and luxury cake toppings, have become a favorite among many.

Today, we will introduce the delicious world of cake recipes, emphasizing chocolate cake rolls, and show you how to make a homemade masterpiece that easily outshines any store-bought alternative. Now, let’s get ready to get dirty and learn the art of making cake rolls.

A Nostalgic Journey

A chocolate cake roll is more than a simple cake. It is a nostalgic reminder of an adored childhood treat, a trip down memory lane.

Similar to the darling snacks of our younger period, like fruit-by-the-foot, gushers, and push-up pops, a chocolate cake roll calls up happy memories. Whatever name you give it—a “Ho Ho,” a Swiss roll, or a yodel this tasty confection invites you to remember the old days.

The Quest for Perfection

Making the perfect chocolate cake roll is an art. To maintain the exact balance between ingredients like light, moist, and rich chocolate sponge cake, considerable testing and fine-tuning are required.

Also, consider make-or-break decisions with your chocolate cake roll, like how much flour and essence to use, chocolate or cocoa powder, and oil or butter.

But don’t worry- all your queries are answered here. We’ve done the testing so that you may enjoy a successful cake roll without trouble.

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Crafting Your Chocolate Cake Roll

Chocolate Cake Roll | Cake Roll Recipes

Now that we’ve traveled over the journey of the chocolate cake rolls, let’s go into the details of making a perfect chocolate cake. Here’s how to make the mouth-watering chocolate cake roll, step-by-step:

Ingredients You’ll Need

It is important that you put all the ingredients in front of you before starting your cake roll journey. What you’ll need to make your chocolate cake roll is as follows:

  1. Separated Eggs: This recipe needs four eggs, for which the yolks and whites are used.
  2. White Sugar: For the cake roll’s sweetness. We suggest using granulated sugar for a smoother texture.
  3. Salt & Vanilla Extract: To attain the aromatic flavor.
  4. Baking Powder: To give your cake more sponge.
  5. Butter or Oil: 4 tablespoons of melted butter or three tablespoons of oil are your options.
  6. Strong Coffee or Espresso Powder: A pinch of coffee enhances the chocolate flavor of your cake without disturbing your flavor.
  7. All-Purpose Flour: We suggest 1/2 cup. It provides the ideal texture for a soft cake.
  8. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Natural or Dutch-process cocoa can be used.

The Baking Process

The process of baking Chocolate has a few short steps:

  1. Whip Egg Whites & Sugar: Add egg whites and sugar and whip until it transforms into thick foam. It will take about 5 minutes; have some patience.
  2. Beat Egg Yolks, Sugar, and Vanilla: Now take a  separate bowl, add sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract, and beat them together until you find the better creamy and smooth. It only takes two minutes.
  3. Sift Dry Ingredients: the most important step is to take a large strainer and sift all the dry ingredients properly.
  4. Add Wet Ingredients: now add the egg yolk mixture into the sifted dry ingredients; then add the oil or melted butter and a little coffee. It’s a beating process, so beat everything until it becomes a consistent batter.
  5. Fold in Egg Whites: the other step is to softly turn the whipped egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula; be careful not to deflate the batter.
  6. Bake: In the final step with the batter, use the 12×17-inch baking pan, spread the batter into the pan, and bake for almost 10 minutes. The baked cake is thin and soft, which is ideal for rolling.
  7. Invert the Warm Cake: Do not wait for the cake to cool; immediately turn it onto baking paper or a kitchen towel dusted with cocoa powder.
  8. Cool in Rolled-Up Shape:  Roll the cake with baking paper or a towel and let it cool in the rolled form. This step ensures that the cake will feel the rolled shape, making it easier to move with the whipped cream filling.

Assembling Your Cake Roll

Now your cake has cooled, it’s a perfect  time to assemble your chocolate cake roll:

  1. Bring the Cake to Room Temperature: It’s better to cool your cake at room temperature rather than refrigerate it, which can speed up the cooling process.
  2. Prepare the Whipped Cream: Whip heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until you achieve medium to stiff peaks. Add a marshmallow creme (“fluff”) for a delightful marshmallow flavor.
  3. Unroll the Cake: Gently unroll the cake and spread the whipped cream evenly, leaving a small border around the edges.
  4. Roll It Up Again: Carefully roll the cake back up without the parchment/towel. Place it on a wire rack on a baking sheet to catch any excess ganache.

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The Perfect Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

To complete your chocolate cake roll, you’ll need a delectable chocolate ganache:

  1. Use Real Chocolate: Choose real Chocolate, such as Baker’s or Ghirardelli baking bars. Avoid using chocolate chips.
  2. Chop Chocolate Finely: The smaller the pieces, the quicker the ganache comes together, resulting in a smoother texture.

Drape the ganache over your cake roll, chill it to let it set, and voila! You have a delectable chocolate cake roll that’s bound to impress.

Mini Versions for Added Delight

Recreate the charm of Hostess or Little Debbie snacks with mini chocolate cake rolls. It’s as easy as cutting, rolling, and slicing, and you’ll have eight bite-sized delights with a homemade freshness.


Get ready to rock the kitchen! Roll up your sleeves, gear up with those baking sheets, and join the chocolate cake roll revolution. It’s a nostalgic journey and a homemade masterpiece that will impress. Happy baking.

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