Christmas Chocolate Roll with Fresh Cherries

Christmas Chocolate Roll

Christmas Chocolate Roll

“Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round yon Virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in Heavenly peace!
sleep in Heavenly peace!”


This is a chocolate roll that you will get many raves about. Keep this recipe handy because I am afraid you will be asked for it. This is a great cake for having guests over for dinner. You must follow step by step, no shortcuts for success.



  • 6 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp castor sugar, plus 2 Tbsp
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup stoned and halved fresh cherries (raspberries would be good, too)
  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp castor sugar


Heat oven to 180’C/350F.

Butter baking tray (Swiss roll tray, jelly roll tray –  with low sides) and line with parchment paper, also lightly buttered. The paper must come up the sides.

Separate the eggs. Whip 5 of the yolks with 4 Tbsp of castor sugar till pale. Give the 6th yolk to the dog or put it on your steak tartare. Add the cocoa powder, flour and milk.

Whip the whites till softly fluffy and add the 2 Tbsp sugar; whip some more till mounded.

Take 1/4 of the whipped whites and cut them into the cocoa mixture with a spatula, folding and turning to break up the more solid mixture. Add the rest in 1/4 increments, blending well but gently. You need those bubbles.

Pour into the baking tray, spreading to touch all sides, and pop in the oven. Bake for 11 minutes and then check on it. If the middle has ceased to jiggle and a soft prod finds firm cake, remove. If the centre is still tender, give it another 3 minutes.

Remove, and cool in tray.

Whip the cream with 1 Tbsp castor sugar, till stiff.

Now the part that everybody finds very difficult, but actually is so easy. Watch and learn…

Take a clean dishcloth and dampen it slightly. Loosen the edges of the parchment from the tray with a blunt knife. Cover the tray with the dishcloth, and flip over to tip out the cake.



Remove the tray.

Christmas Chocolate Roll

The cake is now on the dishcloth. Peel the parchment paper carefully from the cake. Spread cream

Christmas Chocolate Roll

Scatter the cherries.

Christmas Chocolate Roll

From one end, use the dishcloth to lift and start rolling the cake.

Christmas Chocolate Roll

Once it is in a log shape transfer to a flat dish and keep cool till you need it.

Christmas Chocolate Roll


Its that easy. Now enjoy.


Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, Love’s pure light
radiant, beams from Thy Holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.


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