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Eggnog Cake Roll

This festive dessert is on the menu for lots of special occasions at our house— especially Christmas. The eggnog flavor really comes through, making it a natural for holiday entertaining.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3/4 cup sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups eggnog
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2/3 cup quartered maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Green food coloring
  • Additional maraschino cherries, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of sugar; beat 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix well.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; gradually add remaining sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture Combine cake flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Fold into egg mixture until no flour streaks remaining. Spread batter evenly in a greased and floured 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Turn out onto a linen towel dusted with 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar. Roll cake up in towel, starting with a short end. Cool on wire rack. Meanwhile, for filling, combine cornstarch and a small amount of eggnog in a saucepan; mix until smooth. stir in remaining eggnog; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in remaining vanilla. Cool.
  • Unroll cake; spread with filling. Sprinkle with pineapple, cherries and coconut; roll up again. Whip cream with remaining confectioners' sugar; tint green. Spread over outside of cake roll. Chill 3-4 hours. Garnish with cherries if desired.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 274 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • dwinokur
    Nov 27, 2014

    Iit turned out quite tasty and the filing was smooth and flavorful. I traded mandarin oranges for a pineapples

  • qwm
    Feb 20, 2010

    This brings back memories of my mother's great cooking/ baking skills. This was a Christmas holiday favorite!