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Chocolate Cake Roll: an elegant dessert composed of a thin chocolate genoise rolled around sweet marshmallow cream filling!

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Chocolate Cake Roll 

Those of you familiar with my family know they love chocolate desserts. So when this week’s Sunday Supper theme was announced as “Stuff, Roll or Wrap,” I knew I’d have to make a  Chocolate Cake Roll. Well, as I mentioned earlier this month, I was in a bit of a baking slump.

My first base for this dessert was an extremely tasty cake made with melted chocolate. Unfortunately, it didn’t roll well, meaning big, fat cracks appeared with each turn. Delicious, yes, but not so pretty. And food bloggers like pretty.

That cake went back to college with my youngest. He and his roommates don’t give a hoot about a dessert’s appearance, only the taste. So Plan B was to make a Martha Stewart chocolate genoise, which rolled like a dream. The chocolate intensity was lacking, but the family was still happy to dig into this chocolate cake roll.

Chocolate cake roll on a white platter with berry garnishes

Chocolate Roulade with Marshmallow Cream Filling

Many cake rolls are filled with sweetened whip cream, which is quite lovely. But my family’s favorite whoopie pie filling is made with marshmallow cream, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. It is totally irresistible…trust me. Bill volunteered to lick the bowl; it’s just that good. And unlike whipped cream, it’s firm and will keep for days. So this dessert can stay parked in your fridge for a couple of days…but I don’t think it will last that long!

Overhead view of a slice of chocolate cake roll on a red and white patterned napkin

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Chocolate Cake Roll

Chocolate Cake Roll

A thin chocolate genoise rolled around a sweet marshmallow cream filling.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 servings


For cake:

  • 5 tablespoons butter, plus more for parchment and pan
  • 2/3 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/3 cup sifted cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For filling:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10½-by-15½-by-1-inch jelly-roll pan. Line with parchment; butter and flour paper, tapping out the excess flour.
  2. Sift flour, cocoa, and baking soda together twice into a medium bowl. Set aside. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Skim off white foam, and pour clear yellow butter into a bowl, discarding white liquid at the bottom. Set aside in a warm place.
  3. In a medium-size heat-proof bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water; stir until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, and beat on high speed until mixture is thick and pale and has tripled in bulk. Reduce speed to medium, add vanilla, and beat 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. In three additions, sift flour mixture over egg mixture, folding in gently with a spatula. While folding in last addition, dribble melted butter over batter and fold in.
  5. Spread batter evenly in pan, leaving behind any unincorporated butter in the bottom of the bowl. Tap pan on the counter to remove air bubbles. Bake until the cake springs back in the center 15-20 minutes. Don't overbake or the cake will crack. Let sit in pan on a wire rack until cool enough to handle.
  6. Dust surface with cocoa powder. To make rolling easier, trim edges of cake, and cover with a sheet of waxed paper and a damp dish towel. Invert onto a work surface, and peel off parchment; dust with cocoa. Starting from one long end, carefully roll up cake in towel. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. Make filling: cream the one cup of butter and powdered sugar in a mixer with paddle attachment for about three minutes, then add marshmallow cream and vanilla. Mix till well combined.
  8. Unroll cake and spread filling on inside of the roll. Reroll cake; wrap in


Cake adapted from Martha Stewart

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 5g


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68 comments on “Chocolate Cake Roll”

  1. Perfect roll! One of the things I know I will never master ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’ve unofficially declared this the year of the cake roll and I’m sure we’ll be trying this one Liz! I love your different filling, very Easter-y with the marshmallow:@)

  3. Beautiful! I have never eaten marshmallow cream! I need to look for it as it sounds amazing! I love your photos Lizzy!!!

  4. I love how you roll! This Roll couldn’t possibly look any more delicious.

  5. Like the macaron, I’m still chasing that perfectly rolled cake roll…So I’m hopeful I can replicate your gorgeous cake using Ms. Martha’s genoise recipe =) Also, love, love the idea of using marshmallow creme in the filling!

  6. Liz!!! I love this! i’ve never attempted a rolled cake and totally want to try! love that you made a marshmallow cream filling. . and even though the first one didn’t roll well, it sounds so delicious! I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Liz your cake looks amazing! I have always wanted to make a roll cake!! This is just beautiful!!

  8. I am impressed with your cake rolling skills and the whoopie pie filling sounds awesome! So what made the genoise roll easier than the original?

  9. Your cake roll looks FANTASTIC! I LOVE your recipe and can’t wait to try it out!

  10. How stunning!! Your cake roll is gorgeous!!

  11. Cake rolls are the best. They look so fancy – deceptively so!

  12. You are amazing. You have one lucky family, a well fed one too! Absolutely gorgeous.

  13. This one came out beautifully. I always get cracks. I bet your son was pretty happy he was around for that mishap.

  14. Yummo! This looks so good, I wish the internet would allow you to reach into the screen and just take a slice this roll LOL Seriously, this is a mouth orgasm!

  15. I’m drooling over this cake! I guess one of the reasons I’m not a popular blogger is that if it tastes good, I’m probably going to roll with it, even if it’s not super pretty.

  16. Liz – as always – perfection!

  17. Oh yum! This looks tasty!! I love Chocolate!! YUM! Also, I nominated you for the Liebster Award!! Check out my blog for more info ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. You always have the best looking desserts! I love that you’ve stuffed this cake with marshmallow!

  19. Oh, that filling looks amazing. So much!

  20. That look perfect for me as a late night snack ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a chocoholic actually! Thank you for the recipe Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. That look perfect for me as a late night snack ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a chocoholic actually! Thank you for the recipe Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Liz, this cake is so beautiful! Definitely worthy of a ‘Sunday Supper’! And that marshmallow filling really does sound dreamy! If I had leftovers of this I would definitely be taking a spoon along with me every time I went to get something from the fridge … you know, just in case I ‘needed’ to test the marshmallow frosting again!

  23. Chocolate cakes are one of our favorite cake flavors too Liz! I love the filling in your recipe. Beautiful too! Oh and I just posted photos on my blog today (we were chowing down on it taking shots while our guests we here). I think I missed your visit by about 5 minutes. I geret you are getting edited for the Food Conference!

  24. Such a beautiful roll!!
    It looks sooooooooooooo tempting
    I’m craving a huge slice ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Liz, I would’ve gladly gobbled up that first cracked cake. Since my desserts never look perfect, my motto is “who cares how it looks so long as it tastes good,” lol. This second version is an absolutely dream. It rolled beautifully and I’m in love with your marshmallow filling. Pinning!

  26. ya know, my friend made a beautiful rolled cake last Fall for a dinner party she hosted. I’ve saved the recipe and seriously considered making it for this #SS event. Then chickened out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe I’ll leave this for the experts. Looks impressive and delicious Liz.

  27. I love chocolate rolls that are filled like this. There’s enough delicious filling for the whole roll to be happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. This looks so scrumptious! Hubby loves Hostess Ding Dongs, but something like this, homemade deliciousness would have him jumping for joy! HUGS

  29. Beautiful cake roll Liz. And feel free to send all your first attempts to me for quality control testing. And second and third attempts too.

  30. This roll looks marvelous! Whoopie pie filling sounds irresistible!

  31. So, first I’m looking at this like “oh yeah, yummy.” Then you described that filling OHEMGEEEEE that just put it over the top! YUM!

  32. Yum… That’s one of those rolls too beautiful to slice! Have a great week ahead!

  33. What a beautiful chocolate roll and yes, it certainly has rolled and cut perfectly. I give my less-than-perfect cooking attempts to my uni students also – they never complain! I’d love to try the filling but as far as I’m aware, we can’t buy marshmallow cream here! xx

  34. Your roll is just gorgeous and the marshmallow filling sounds like a dream!

  35. Your filling looks fantastic. I can see why it’s a favorite in your house – it would be here too. But Myles would have to fight me to get to lick the bowl I’m thinking.

  36. I am drooling, I love this cake and so does my son! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks great, I could eat a big slice right now!

  37. Your marshmallow cream looks so delicious. i just want to dip my finger into the centre of the cake but don’t want to mess up that beautiful photo! Just pinned!

  38. deliciously done and presented roll cake

  39. I’m so loving this cake roll, especially chocolate. Yes, I heart chocolate. I hear you – we all want things to be perfect and I fail…most of the times. ๐Ÿ˜€ Your chocolate cake still won my heart, though…and the filling…can’t wait to try this.

  40. How very kind of Bill to help with the cleanup and you are soooo right about college kidsโ€ฆthey are kind of like human garbage disposals. Only, in your case, your son gets delicious rejects!!! I LOVE the marshmallow filling and can’t wait to start using it.

  41. That looks absolutely stunning! You seriously make some of the most beautiful desserts I have ever seen

  42. Your chocolate roulade looks perfect, Liz. The marshmallow cream filling sounds amazing as well.

  43. I need to roll up my sleeves and make this roll! It looks beautiful and delicious, Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚ ela

  44. This cake roll is too delicious for words ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  45. I can’t imagine you’d be in any sort of baking slump, Liz but your second attempt at this cake roll is beautiful. The good thing about kitchen disasters is that there’s usually always willing subjects to gobble up the mishaps.

  46. That’s a thing of beauty! I love cake rolls. Swiss cake roll used to be a favorite in my childhood.

  47. That’s a thing of beauty! I love cake rolls. Swiss cake roll used to be a favorite in my childhood.

  48. I love this, Liz! Your filling sounds wonderful and that slice is gorgeous! As is the whole cake. Pinning on my Recipes to Try board! Believe it or not, I’ve never tried making a roll. Time to rectify that!

  49. I can’t make a pretty cake roll to save my life! Yours looks perfect, I’m so jealous (and I want a slice!).

  50. Who wouldn’t love a cake that’s stuffed with that filling! Yummy!!

  51. This cake is so beautiful!! I wish I could bake like you. Pleasssssse come bake me a cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. I love a roulade, but haven’t made one for a few years. After making hundreds of buche du noel at my job 2 years back, i was over them. maybe its time to make another one just for me.

  53. Your cake did roll beautifully and your filling sounds wonderful! You’re giving me the inspiarion to add a rolled cake to my must try list. I’ve never made one!

  54. Girl, this is gorgeous! I’m in such admiration of people who can successfully make these cake roll things. Because I have screwed them up before. Yeah…. Thanks for posting!

  55. I’ve always used cream cheese in my rolls, I’m going to have to try this marshmallow, it looks too yummy.

  56. What a beautiful, stunning dessert!

  57. I’ve made one cake roll and it was just OK. Your lovely creation has me ready to try again!

  58. This looks gorgeous – and a marshmallow filling? Yes, please!

  59. I have always wanted to do a cake roll. This looks absolutely beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. You had me at marshmallow cream! YUMMY!

  61. Totally brings back memories of pastry school… great work!

  62. Lizzy,
    Since I don’t like whipped cream, I would much prefer your filling. This looks delicious and yummy.

  63. what a perfect slice of cake!

  64. What a beautiful cake roll! I love how thick and creamy the filling is and marshmallow cream sounds amazing in here! I can’t wait to try it next time – it sounds delicious!

  65. This is one GORGEOUS cake! Pinned!

  66. Is it fine to fill this once the cake I’d cooled to avoid having to unroll and re- roll again?

  67. My kids are now asking me again to make this!! It was so good!!

  68. This cake roll is a much requested favorite at our house! It is perfect for any occasion and fells so fancy. It’s my little secret that it is so much easier to make than it looks!

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