Let me just start off by saying, this Dark Chocolate Cake Roll With Peppermint Filling is from A Treats Affair. I normally develop my own recipes, but I needed a cake roll for a collab I was in on Instagram and didn't have time or desire to develop my own. This recipe is absolutely delicious and I bet you will love it too.
Rolled cakes are a little tricky to make. Trust me, I made this one 5 times to get it the way I wanted. My biggest hang-up was I wanted a perfect cake with no cracks, moisture, etc. This is tough to achieve, but possible!
A little about rolled cakes.
- They are a sponge cake, meaning they have a high egg to flour ratio.
- You want to maintain the egg structure after beating, so fold in the dry ingredients carefully.
- The cake will need to be rolled while it is still hot. This will give the cake "memory" for when you roll it with the filling.
- After you have fill and rolled the cake with the filling, wrap tightly in saran wrap and place in the fridge to chill for several hours or even overnight as I did. This helps the filling to set and the cake to firm. It makes it so much easier to handle.
Making The Batter For The Dark Chocolate Cake Roll With Peppermint Filling
Start by beating your eggs and sugar. This will take a while, like 3-5 minutes. I used my hand mixer, but you can also use a stand mixer for more ease! I just recently purchased this hand mixer. It was pretty inexpensive and has worked perfectly!
Now, you will want to keep your eggs you just worked so hard mixing light and fluffy. To achieve this, make sure your dry ingredients are sifted carefully, then sifted again before adding them to your eggs.
Now, with a rubber spatula, blend the wet and dry. Be careful when you do this not to deflate all your eggs.
Pour immediately into your parchment-lined jelly roll pan. Spread carefully, again being mindful of the egg structure.
Baking The Chocolate Sponge
Now, this cake bakes pretty quickly, 12 minutes to be exact. You don't want to overbake or you will wind up with a dry cake. Also, dry cakes are more likely to crack, so keep an eye on the baking time!
While it is baking, prep your towel for rolling. To do this, sprinkle a clean tea towel with powdered sugar. Don't be shy here. You do not want this to stick!!
As soon as the cake is baked, invert onto the sugared towel. With the parchment and the bottom, it comes out with no problem. Carefully peel back the parchment. The cake will need to be rolled while it is hot, so as soon as the parchment comes off, start rolling. Be careful as you roll, but also roll as tightly as you are able. It is what will create the perfect swirl.
The Peppermint Filling
Honestly, my favorite part of this cake may have been the peppermint filling. It was so, so good! Start by pulsing some Hershey Kisses Candy Canes in a food processor. I am using my Cuisinart food processor that has been a personal favorite for years and years.
In another bowl, mix your cream cheese, butter, and melted white chocolate. I am telling you, this cake has all the good stuff! Pour the kisses into your mix. ! Mix it all together really well.
I didn't get a picture of me rolling the cake as I was too stressed and concentrating on the cake instead of photos. But, here is how it works, unroll your cake. Fill with the filling, then roll back up. The roll it all tightly with saran wrap and place in the fridge to set up. I put mine in overnight to make sure it was solid.
For topping the cake, Roxanne used a ganache and crushed candy canes. I am doing the same. You can buy the candy canes crushed, or you can do it yourself. I am sure you can tell what I did:).
Now, get a nice smooth ganache and pour over the cake roll. Spread evenly with the spoon or an offset spatula. I used dark chocolate in mine, but you can always go with sem-sweet or milk if you prefer.
The Finished Dark Chocolate Cake Roll With Peppermint Filling
Here is the finished roll. Not as perfect as I wanted, but still really delicious and beautiful! The chocolate sponge cake is light and chocolatey and lends itself perfectly to that luscious peppermint filling.
This cake was a huge hit in our house as my oldest son and I love peppermint anything. My husband loves chocolate too, so everyone was happy.
Are you looking for a few other sweet options? Let me throw a few ideas at you:
- How about dark chocolate and dried cherry whole wheat cookies?
- These caramel pecan bars are also really dreamy!!
- I also love these chocolate chip cookies with pretzels and caramels
Maybe you feel like you need a salad after this luscious Dark Chocolate Cake Roll With Peppermint Filling? I can help you with that too.
- What about this Autumn Kale Salad? This has been on repeat here and my husband and I are obsessed.
- Wild Rice Salad with apples was served on our Thanksgiving table and we loved it!
- This Fall Fruit Salad With Pears is also so delicious!
Dark Chocolate Cake Roll With Peppermint Filling
- 3 eggs, room temp
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon mint extract
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup special dark cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- dash salt
- ½ cup powdered sugar This is for sprinkling on the towel for rolling
- ½ cup crushed candy cane bits you can buy these, or simply put a few candy canes in a ziplock bag and crush.
- 4 ounces softened butter
- 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup Hershey's candy cane kisses, crumbs I blended these in the food processor, you will want them to be kind of fine.
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
Dark Chocolate Ganache
- 1 ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup heavy cream
Chocolate Sponge Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jellyroll pan with parchment paper. I also like to make sure and spray the edges of the pan so ensure an easy release. Set the pan aside. In a small bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. If you need to, sift it several times. You don't want any chunks in it!Add eggs and sugar to a medium bowl. Mix on high for about 3-5 minutes. You will want the eggs to get frothy and light. Next is the vanilla, milk, and peppermint extract. I like to fold these in. Now with your flour mix, GENTLY fold it into the egg mix.The batter is ready to bake. Pour spoonfuls across your jellyroll pan, then gently spread.Place immediatly in the oven on the middle shelf. Bake for 12 minutes, unless your oven runs hot, then reduce that time to 10-11 minutes. While the cake is baking, prepare your tea towel. You do this be sprinkling generously with the powdered sugar.Once the cake has baked, remove from the oven. Run a knife around the edges, making sure it hasn't stuck.Invert your cake onto the powdered tea towel. Carefully peel back the parchment to remove. Now, starting at the short end, start rolling the cake, making sure to roll the towel in with it. Roll all the towel up with it. Allow the cake to cool about 2 hours. While it is cooling, prepare your filling below.Once it has cooled, carefully unroll. Then with an offset spatula, spread the filling over the cake. This is enough filling to give it plenty of filling. Reroll the cake as tightly as you can without breaking it. Then, wrap tightly in saran wrap and place in the fridge. I chilled mine overnight, but I would say chill it at least 4 hours. Remove from the fridge and unwrap. Cover with the ganache, then sprinkle with the candy cane pices. That is it. Now, sit back and enjoy. You certainly deserve it!!
- Melt white chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. If melting in the microwave, make sure and check every 30 seconds and mix. You don't keep it in the microwave until it is completely melted though, pull it out when it is about 80% melted, then mix until it is smooth.In a medium-sized bowl, add the butter and cream cheese. With a hand mixer, mix on high for about a minute. Add in the white chocolate and mix again until well blended. Next is the candy bits you pulsed in the food processor. Last, begin adding the powdered sugar. Add in about 1 cup at a time, blending after each time, until it is all mixed in. Once the cake is cooled, unroll, and spread filling over it to cover it well.
Dark Chocolate Ganache
- Heat heavy cream in the microwave. It will take about 20 seconds. Pour over chocolate chips and allow it to sit for about 1 minute. Then mix gently with a fork or whisk to smooth. If it has cooled too much and you need to throw it the microwave for 10 seconds, you can do that. Once it is good and smooth, spread over the finished cake roll.