Sweet Leaf

Finding Beauty through Baking ~by Susan Baxter-Peace

Chocolate Log Cake April 22, 2013

For my dad’s birthday in the fall I gave him the gift of a baked good of his choosing, which he only recently cashed in. He told me that he would like a chocolate log cake at the next big family dinner. So Easter dinner it was!

I made a simple chocolate sponge on a baking sheet, and whipped up some vanilla bean buttermilk frosting to spread on the inside. I was actually able to beat the egg yolks and whites at the same time (whites in the stand mixer, yolks with the handheld), which saved me some time. I decided not to frost the outside because I thought that would be excessively sweet. It was a rich treat, so it was a good thing most of the family was there to share it all!

Chocolate Cake Roll

  • 1/3 c flour
  • ¼ c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ c sugar
  1. combine flour, cocoa and baking soda and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat egg yolks and vanilla with electric mixer on high speed for 5 min., or until thick and lemon coloured. Gradually add the 1/3 c sugar, beating until sugar is nearly dissolved. Thoroughly wash beaters.
  3. In another bowl beat egg whites on med. Speed til soft peaks form. Gradually add the ½ c sugar, beating til stiff peaks form.
  4. Fold yolk mixture into beaten egg whites. Sprinkle flour mixture over egg mixture; fold in gently just until combined.
  5. Spread batter evenly onto greased parchment lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake at 375F for 12-15 min.
  6. Immediately loosen edges of cake from pan and turn cake out onto parchment lined cooling rack. Once cool, remove rack but keep paper. Spread buttermilk frosting to within 1 inch of edges. Roll up cake, using parchment paper to keep it even.

Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Frosting

  • ¾ c softened butter
  • 3 c icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2-4 Tbsp buttermilk
  1. beat all ingredients together, adding buttermilk gradually until desired consistency is reached.
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2 Responses to “Chocolate Log Cake”

  1. Liz Says:

    My mother used to call this “swiss roll” she made the vanilla one very often and filled it with fresh cream and jam. It was soo good!! thanks for stopping by. Have an amazing weekend!


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