This chocolate Swiss roll is a simpler and smaller version of Beth Le Manach's Buche de Noel. It takes time but is worth the effort.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
6
Yield:
1 roll cake
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Cake:
Filling:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a jelly roll or sheet pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

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  • Sift flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.

  • Beat eggs and sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in dry ingredients on low speed in thirds, alternating with melted butter, until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan (the thickness should be less than 1/4 inch).

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 8 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

  • Flip cake upside-down out of the pan onto a new sheet of parchment paper. Remove the used parchment paper from the top of the cake gently. Roll cake, starting at one end of the paper, into a tube until it is completely rolled into the parchment. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

  • Whip cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Mix in chocolate-hazelnut spread. Roll out the cake and spread filling evenly. Roll up the cake with the filling, keeping in mind that the cake might crack or tear easily.

Cook's Notes:

If any filling was leftover, add it to the cut slices of the roll when serving.

Use a bread knife to cut the cake to make sure it won't squeeze while cutting.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 19.2g; fat 20.3g; cholesterol 146.5mg; sodium 209.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2020
Thought this was a great recipe! I did do some alterations though. I did not use the nutella, but instead I added homemade apricot jam (which I thinned out a little with water) and spread it over the whipped cream...then rolled it up and covered it with ganache. It was outstanding! I'm actually making it later today. This time though, when I add the dry ingredients alternating with the butter...I'm going to "fold" it in by hand not mixer. It lost a lot of it's fluffiness! My husband loved this! Oh, and I'm also going to try a mixture of apricot and pear jam this time as well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2020
Thought this was a great recipe! I did do some alterations though. I did not use the nutella, but instead I added homemade apricot jam (which I thinned out a little with water) and spread it over the whipped cream...then rolled it up and covered it with ganache. It was outstanding! I'm actually making it later today. This time though, when I add the dry ingredients alternating with the butter...I'm going to "fold" it in by hand not mixer. It lost a lot of it's fluffiness! My husband loved this! Oh, and I'm also going to try a mixture of apricot and pear jam this time as well! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2020
When making a swiss roll, turn it out onto a cloth/towel dusted in powdered sugar and dust the cake too, to prevent sticking. Then roll the cake WHILE HOT and cool it in that position. While hot the cake is much more pliable; a roll will be nice and tight and less prone to cracking. Once cooled, you can unroll the cake, ice, and re-roll. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2021
Followed the recipe. Did have difficulty rolling it back out and then up again without it cracking and breaking. I thought it tasted good, but lacked something. I probably will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2021
To keep the batter light, I folded the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Also, I laid the baked cake onto a cotton towel dusted with powdered sugar before rolling to prevent sticking as is my usual habit when making a cake roll. Read More
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