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Peppermint Cake Log

Total Time

Prep: 55 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling


10 servings

Each Christmas, my husband only asks for one thing...this chocolate mint cake roll! This fluffy filling pairs well with the tender cake. —Robyn Anderson, Sugar Grove, Illinois


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon-colored. Add dry ingredients alternately with water just until blended. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold in crushed candies. Unroll cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. For glaze, combine the butter, cocoa and water in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat. Whisk in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 316 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • CoreyAnn
    Jan 8, 2018

    Every year the family requests we buy a yule log for Christmas, so I tried making one this year. Since we're not big fans of peppermint candies, I actually thawed one cup of diced frozen strawberries, used the liquid for the water in the cake and folded the strawberries into the whipped cream. Our small family cleaned the cake plate! It was delicious!

  • robynyta26
    Jan 5, 2010

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