June 22, 2011

Chocolate Cake Roll

My whole family loves this cake! It has delicious chocolate flavor and it's very light since it uses whipped topping. I make a bunch of different fillings; chocolate cool whip with toffee chips, mint ice cream with Andes mints, chocolate and cherry........ It seems like cake rolls scare people-they really are easy to make. Just be sure to heavily sugar the towel in the rolling up process and it won't stick. The white cotton flour sack towels from Sams work great for this.

1/3 cup cake flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
1 cup sugar, divided
confectioners sugar
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan with waxed paper. Grease and flour lined pan; tap out excess. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar until fluffy. In a small bowl, using clean beaters, beat egg whites on high until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Fold 1/3 beaten egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Alternately fold in remaining whites and flour mixture. Pour batter in pan; smooth top. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.


Dust a clean cloth with remaining sugar. (I use a little extra for this, to prevent the cake from sticking to the towel.) Immediately turn cake onto prepared cloth; carefully remove waxed paper. Trim cake's edges. Starting with a long side, tightly roll up cake with cloth. Transfer cake, seam-side down, to a wire rack to cool. Unroll cake; remove cloth. Spread whipped topping over cake to within 1/2 inch of edges. Re-roll cake; place seam-side down on a plate. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. * This freezes well if you want to prepare it ahead of time. It's also easier to slice if placed in the freezer for at least 20 minutes before serving. Use a serrated knife to slice. I usually serve individually on plates with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and shaved chocolate curls on top. Enjoy!

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