A festive holiday cake. Merry Christmas! You will need cinnamon red hard candies and snowmen candy for decorations.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. Line with waxed paper. Grease paper.

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  • Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

  • Beat together sugar and egg yolks at high speed until light and fluffy. At low speed, alternately beat milk and flour mixture into egg mixture.

  • Using clean beaters, beat egg whites at high speed until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Fold one third of beaten whites into batter. Fold in remaining whites. Spread batter in prepared pan; smooth top.

  • Bake cake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until set, 12 minutes.

  • Dust a clean cloth with confectioners' sugar. Turn cake out onto prepared cloth. Remove waxed paper. Trim cake edges. Starting with a long side, roll up cake, jelly-roll style. Transfer, seam-side down, to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes.

  • Unroll cake; remove cloth. Spread whipped cream over cake to within 1 inch of edges. Re-roll cake. Place, seam-side down, on serving plate.

  • To prepare frosting, in a small saucepan, bring heavy cream, melted chocolate, and butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring vigorously until blended. Remove from heat. Let stand until set. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake.

  • To prepare garnish, dust work surface with confectioners' sugar. Knead food coloring into marzipan until blended. Using a rolling pin dusted with confectioners' sugar, roll marzipan to a 1/8-inch thickness. Using a small knife, cut out leaves. Arrange leaves, cinnamon candies, and snowmen on top of cake and around plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

540 calories; protein 7.7g; carbohydrates 49.3g; fat 37.5g; cholesterol 140.5mg; sodium 196.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
For some reason I've been craving Christmas treats a little early this year so I made this late last night. I didn't have the whipping cream for the filling so I sprinkled instant coffee granules in cool whip and used that. I went ahead and used 5 eggs instead of 3. I have another recipe that I used along side this one and it called for 5 eggs. I loved the outcome. It was so yummy though time consuming but a lot cheaper than buying one from a bakery (even though their not available this time of year). Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2006
Not the best chocolate recipe ever and kinda of messy.But it was pretty and it did wow the family. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
For some reason I've been craving Christmas treats a little early this year so I made this late last night. I didn't have the whipping cream for the filling so I sprinkled instant coffee granules in cool whip and used that. I went ahead and used 5 eggs instead of 3. I have another recipe that I used along side this one and it called for 5 eggs. I loved the outcome. It was so yummy though time consuming but a lot cheaper than buying one from a bakery (even though their not available this time of year). Thanks for sharing. Read More
(36)
Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2006
Not the best chocolate recipe ever and kinda of messy.But it was pretty and it did wow the family. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2008
This a great recipe! The chocolate is not overpowering and if you plan ahead and read the recipe before starting it isn't messy. I sprinkled the whip cream with chai spices and the hint it gave the whole dessert was amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2016
The frosting was the challenge I was nervous after reading all the reviews. I gave it a try and it turned out perfectly! I think the key was stirring it until it came to a boil. It set up just fine once it cooled off. This recipe had plenty of chocolate flavor. It was a hit at Christmas Eve dinner. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
Came out excellent! Can t wait to dive in???? Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2016
The frosting never set for me so I ended up whipping the frosting in my Kitchenaid after letting it try to set for like 16 hours. The cake could be a little sweeter IMO but the end result is very pretty. I might try again around Christmas but my husband wanted this for his birthday in September. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2019
I loved this recipe it was very easy to follow. I plan on it becoming an annual bake. I may try a different filling next time. My first rolled cake came out very well. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2013
I kept everything exactly the same and I wouldn't make it again. I found it bland and the frosting didn't set. I ended up having to chill the frosting for ages and then whip it. It was still too runny. The frosting needed way more flavour Read More
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