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Red Velvet Cake Roll

Get ready for oohs and aahs when you set this on the table. A creamy white chocolate filling rolls up beautifully inside a layer of fluffy red velvet cake. To make it extra festive, dust stripes of confectioners' sugar for a candy cane look. —Tonya Forsyth, Waurika, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • Additional confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs on high speed 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Beat in buttermilk, oil, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture. Beat on high speed 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 5 minutes. Invert onto a tea towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and baking chocolate until smooth. Unroll cake; spread filling over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again, without towel; trim ends. Place on a platter, seam side down. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours. If desired, place 1-in. strips of waxed paper across cake roll; dust lightly with additional confectioners’ sugar. Carefully remove and discard strips.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 196 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Arielle
    Feb 22, 2019

    Absolutely do not beat the last 2 minute after adding the flour! In fact, do not beat the flour at all! My roll became rubbery because of it. It's my very first attempt at any Swiss roll so I'm totally devastated. I tried again by folding in the flour, it's so much better, still chilling in the fridge so I'm not sure if it'll be fluffy, I'm guessing it's at least spongy though not fluffy considering the feel of it when I roll it up. I've tasted the rubbery one, it taste good. I used my own cheese frosting recipe so I have no comment on that. Please please do edit your recipe.

  • Arielle
    Feb 22, 2019

    Absolutely do not beat the last 2 minute after adding the flour! In fact, do not beat the flour at all! My roll became rubbery because of it. It's my very first attempt at any Swiss roll so I'm totally devastated. I tried again by folding in the flour, it's so much better, still chilling in the fridge so I'm not sure if it'll be fluffy, I'm guessing it's at least spongy though not fluffy considering the feel of it when I roll it up. I've tasted the rubbery one, it taste good. I used my own cheese frosting recipe so I have no comment on that. Please please do edit your recipe.

  • Sara
    Dec 4, 2018

    DO NOT BEAT FOR 2 MINUTES AT THE END!!!! The extra beating once the flour was incorporated caused the sponge to be EXTREMELY rubbery and close textured. I followed the recipe to a T. It was only in the oven for 8 minutes and it was almost over baked! When i rolled it, it cracked and actually broke in pieces. beating at the end messes with the gluten and causes the cake to become tight, dry, and not fluffy, more like a rubber band. try a different recipel

  • cjthomas12
    Nov 26, 2017

    Great for Christmas - whether company at home or to take to potluck OR makes a super, yummy, beautiful GIFT!!