Chocolate Roll (a.k.a. Giant Yodel) Recipe

Yvonne Ruperti

A velvety chocolate cake is rolled up with vanilla whipped cream and then swathed in glossy ganache.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings

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For the Cake:

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup hot water

For the Whipped Cream Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Ganache:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Make the Cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line 10- by 15-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa, and baking powder into small bowl; set aside.

  2. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15 second increments, stopping to stir with a rubber spatula until completely melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Alternatively, place butter and chocolate in a large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly.

  3. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with whip attachment, whip sugar with eggs and salt on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 5 minutes. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in chocolate mixture with rubber spatula. Fold in flour mixture and then water until just combined.

  4. Spread batter onto pan. Bake until just firm, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cake cool about 10 minutes. Run knife along inside pan edge to loosen cake.

  5. Place clean kitchen towel over cake. Starting from the short end, carefully roll cake up with towel (with parchment paper attached), Let cake cool until just cooled.

  6. Make the Cream: In bowl of standing mixer fitted with whip attachment, whip cream with sugar and vanilla on medium high speed until medium peak. Gently unroll cake, removing towel but leaving very end rolled to ensure a good grip. Spread cream over exposed surface of cake. Carefully re-roll cake into log, removing parchment paper as you roll up. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap to keep cake in log shape as you prepare ganache.

  7. Make the Ganache: In medium heat-proof bowl, heat chocolate with cream, stirring frequently, in microwave or over saucepan of barely simmering water until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Chill mixture until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.

  8. Remove plastic wrap from cake and trim both ends of cake. Place cake on wire rack set over rimmed baking sheet. Spoon ganache over cake. Using off-set spatula, smooth ganache over sides and ends of cake. Chill until ganache sets, about 1 hour. Slice and serve.


This butter cake is more fragile than a standard sponge cake roll. To minimize breakage, avoid overbaking the cake, and fill it when it has just completely cooled (letting the cake sit for an extended amount of time wrapped up in the towel may cause breakage when unrolled). But even if some cracks occur, they can be easily spackled and hidden with the ganache.

Special Equipment

10- by 15-inch jelly roll pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
547 Calories
40g Fat
38g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 547
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 52%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 280mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)