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Poinsettia Cake Roll

"This heavenly cake roll is filled with rich chocolate cream, coated with a tempting ganache and adorned with gorgeous edible-clay poinsettias" says Margie Haen of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. (The edible poinsettias can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.)
  • Total Time
    Prep: 2 hours + standing Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) red candy coating disks, melted
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) dark green candy coating disks, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla or white chips
  • Yellow paste food coloring
  • CAKE:
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  • For poinsettia dough, divide corn syrup between two bowls. Stir red candy coating into one bowl and green into the other just until blended. Spread each mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper to 1/2-in. thickness (about 4-in. square). Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 2-3 hours or until dry to the touch. Remove each mixture from waxed paper and gather into a ball. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; let stand overnight.
  • Make leaf and petal patterns and trace onto waxed paper and cut out, or use leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Knead a portion of green dough until pliable but not soft. Roll between waxed paper to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out four large and four small leaves; with a toothpick, score veins. Arrange in two circles on waxed paper with center points touching.
  • Knead and roll out a portion of red dough as above. For each poinsettia, cut out five to seven large flower petals. Shape petals as shown in photo; place in between green leaves, matching centers. Cut out 10 to 14 smaller flower petals from red dough (use additional dough if needed). Shape as shown; arrange between large red petals.
  • For flower stamens, form tiny balls of green dough. Place several in center of each flower, covering all petal centers. Melt white chips; stir in yellow food coloring. Transfer to a resealable heavy-duty plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe onto green centers. Store poinsettias in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • For cake, let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, sift flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in vanilla. Add sifted ingredients; mix well.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into batter; fold in remaining whites.
  • Line a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with 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.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in 2 cups confectioners' sugar, cocoa, 3 tablespoons milk and vanilla. Add remaining confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet; cover and set aside.
  • Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a heavy saucepan, bring cream to a boil over low heat. Pour over chips; whisk gently until smooth. Chill for 35-45 minutes or until ganache begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour half of the ganache over cake, allowing excess to drip off. Chill cake and remaining ganache, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until remaining ganache has cooled and a thermometer reads about 62°. Pour ganache slowly in a thin stream over cake; chill until set.
  • If piping is desired, transfer ganache that dripped from cake into a bowl; chill for 45 minutes. Whisk until thickened, about 1 minute. Place cake on a serving platter. Place thickened ganache in a pastry bag with a #21 star tip; pipe around bottom of cake. Position poinsettias on top of cake; gently press into ganache. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 834 calories, 39g fat (27g saturated fat), 129mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 120g carbohydrate (107g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • lurky27
    Dec 28, 2010

    This was in the first issue of Taste of Home I ever received, and finally, at long last, I made it this Christmas. What a treat! Worth the effort. Looks beautiful on the table!~ Theresa

  • Hannahmb
    Apr 8, 2009

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  • rharkless
    Dec 25, 2008

    I made this for Christmas a few years ago and I did make the flowers ahead of time. They are much easier to make than they look! The cake is beautiful and tastes great, too. I received many compliments - a real show-stopper!

  • swtmemrys
    Sep 3, 2008

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  • angelak
    Jul 17, 2008

    poinsettia pieces can ve made up to 2 weeks in advance to get a head start.

  • marshmallowcreme
    Dec 20, 2007


  • marshmallowcreme
    Dec 20, 2007

    What a luscious dessert this appears to be. The preparation with the tempting ganache; whatever that may be. Kneading the doughuntil it's pliable that means working with it in a certain way to your complete satisfaction. The whipping cream has to be heavy, heavily pushing up and down until you reach a soft peak of perfection. If your preference is tubular there is a small hole in the center of the pipe. Cup your hands on the pipemoving them up and down over and over allowing the granache to drip slowly off then pour into a thin stream into its destination. Roll firmly, then unroll and roll again. Finally garnish with gorgeous edible pointsetta for the finishing touch. It sounds like this recipe would be time consuming but the luscious taste of the tiny balls of red and green especially at this timeof year would be well worth it.

  • GooFan
    Dec 12, 2007

    It's too pretty to even eat!

  • spiker1
    Dec 9, 2007

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