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Chocolate Roulade

Freshly brewed coffee gives this dessert a subtle mocha flavor, but water can be substituted. The cake will crack slightly, but not break, as you roll it.

  • Servings: 10
Chocolate Roulade

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009


  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (or water)
  • 7 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt chocolate with coffee or water in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Let cool completely. Whisk together yolks and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and slowly add chocolate mixture, whisking until incorporated.

  2. Whisk whites in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold whites into chocolate mixture, using a rubber spatula, until combined, being careful not to deflate whites.

  3. Spread batter evenly on lined baking sheet. Bake until cake is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack, and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  4. Loosen edges of cake from pan using a knife or an offset spatula. Dust top with cocoa powder, and turn out onto wire rack. Remove parchment, and let cool at least 1 hour. Beat cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Spread evenly over top of cake, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges, and tightly roll, starting at 1 short side. Transfer to a baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Lightly dust cake with cocoa powder.

Cook's Note

Cake can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days.

Reviews (3)

  • svetlanahi 9 Apr, 2015

    Very delicious, but is there a video showing the steps on how to make it? I messed up a bit but it was still good.

  • diana leto 28 Dec, 2011

    This cake is delicious. I have tried a few Jelly Roll recipes and the cake kept falling apart or breaking on me. This was light, fluffy, and delicious! I highly recommend it!

  • smd1227 16 Mar, 2010

    I changed up the filling a little bit by making a cream cheese frosting and ligthtening it up with the whipped cream. Outstanding!!! It would also be good with a buttercream frosting lightened with whipped cream. Either way, this cake is a winner and it looks beautiful on a fancy plate.

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