This is a chocolate roll that you will get many raves about. Keep this recipe handy because I am afraid you will be asked for it. This is a great cake for having guests over for dinner. You must follow step by step, no shortcuts for success.

Carol
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line one 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper and grease and flour lightly.

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  • Separate the eggs. Beat the whites with the cream of tartar until stiff. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the sugar.

  • Sift the remaining sugar, cocoa, and flour together. Beat the egg yolks until thick and fold the flour mixture into them. Stir in vanilla. (The egg yolk mixture will be very stiff). Carefully fold the egg yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites. Evenly spread the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Let cake cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a towel sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, peel off parchment paper and roll cake up with the towel. Let cake cool completely. Unroll cake and spread with the whipped cream. Roll again. Serve with Foamy Butter Sauce or Fudge Sauce. For variation, you can add 2 tablespoons of rum or your favorite liqueur to the whipped cream. Serves 8.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

127.6 calories; 2 g protein; 11.7 g carbohydrates; 65.9 mg cholesterol; 22.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2012
This was great & QUICK!! You will need to undercook by 5 minutes so it will roll easier. I substituted a Godiva chocolate recipe for the filling. And a raspberry liquor sauce to swirl on the plate. Updated 4/8/12 - Variation that came out awesome! Substitute almond extract for vanilla and add 1/8 cup powdered sugar to whipped cream. Put in refrigerator and let set while cake cools. Roast walnuts for 10 minutes on 350 (or put in oven with cake roll). Remove and let cool 5 minutes. Put in food processor and grind up. Sprinkle on top of meringue layer before rolling. Serve with raspberry sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2008
Skip the flouring on the parchment paper. Just spray the pan first then put the parchment paper on top then spray the parchment paper. Other reviewer is correct - undercook at least 5 minutes less!! I then flipped it over on a pillow case with powdered sugar sprinkled on the pillow case (do this slowly so sugar doesn't fly everywhere). Roll it up in the pillow case - let it cool and then unroll and fill. For the filling I used 1 stick of cream cheese 1 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons of soft butter & 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Roll it up and put in tin foil and chill for at least one-hour. Put on a plate and sprinkle it with powdered suger and serve. I serve mine with whipped cream on top of each slice and then sprinkle a little cinnamon sugare on top. YUMMIE!! Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2008
Skip the flouring on the parchment paper. Just spray the pan first then put the parchment paper on top then spray the parchment paper. Other reviewer is correct - undercook at least 5 minutes less!! I then flipped it over on a pillow case with powdered sugar sprinkled on the pillow case (do this slowly so sugar doesn't fly everywhere). Roll it up in the pillow case - let it cool and then unroll and fill. For the filling I used 1 stick of cream cheese 1 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons of soft butter & 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Roll it up and put in tin foil and chill for at least one-hour. Put on a plate and sprinkle it with powdered suger and serve. I serve mine with whipped cream on top of each slice and then sprinkle a little cinnamon sugare on top. YUMMIE!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2012
This was great & QUICK!! You will need to undercook by 5 minutes so it will roll easier. I substituted a Godiva chocolate recipe for the filling. And a raspberry liquor sauce to swirl on the plate. Updated 4/8/12 - Variation that came out awesome! Substitute almond extract for vanilla and add 1/8 cup powdered sugar to whipped cream. Put in refrigerator and let set while cake cools. Roast walnuts for 10 minutes on 350 (or put in oven with cake roll). Remove and let cool 5 minutes. Put in food processor and grind up. Sprinkle on top of meringue layer before rolling. Serve with raspberry sauce. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/30/2003
I couldnt get cake to separate from paper I let cool 5 minutes before putting it on the towel and trying to remove paper. Paper stuck completely to bottom of cake and tore when I tried to pick off. I greased and floured paper well so dont know what went wrong. Dog liked it he doesnt mind paper peices. Maybe I did something wrong though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/14/2004
Cake was not as flavorful as we would have liked. It was also a little dry and cracked when rolled. I added 1/4 cup sugar to whipping cream to sweeten and added melted chocolate over the top to add more flavor. Was an "okay" recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2013
I was skeptical to try this recipe because of mediocre reviews but I'm glad I did. I used 4 eggs because that's all I had. I didn't experience the cracking other reviewers did. I oil-sprayed the pan lined it with wax paper then sprayed the paper. When I took the cake out I sifted powdered sugar on the cake topped it with a clean towel backed with a plastic cutting board (for support) and flipped the cake onto the towel. (The paper stayed in the pan!) I took it to Bible study last night and everyone loved it. I set it out half an hour before serving to soften the chocolate a bit. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/24/2007
I found this to be bland dry and crumbly. I have made many roll type cakes and just was not happy with the results. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2009
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Rating: 1 stars
05/04/2005
Well props on the taste but that's about it. I made this cake and after letting it cool I tried to unroll it from the towel. It completely stuck and broke up into pieces! I won't try this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/18/2011
I don't know what I did wrong but when I tried to roll it it stuck to the towel and cracked when I put the whipped creme in it. All I ended up with was a big mess! Read More
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