Black Forest Cake Roll


Black Forest Cake Roll

Black Forest Cake Roll
1 Hr
10 Min

Who wants plain old chocolate cake when we can have a Bavarian-style fruit-filled cake roll with the same amount of work? We'll serve this and the whole table will be chanting "Ach Das Schmeckt!", which, of course, means "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups thawed frozen whipped topping
  • 2 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 10- x 15-inch rimmed baking sheet or jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat eggs and sugar. Gradually beat in water and vanilla until well blended. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture just until smooth. Pour onto baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
  4. Sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with confectioners' sugar and invert the cake onto towel. While still hot, peel off aluminum foil and roll up cake and towel jelly-roll style starting from a narrow end. Allow to cool on a wire rack. 
  5. Unroll cake and remove towel. Spread cherry pie filling over top of cake, leaving a 1-inch border, and roll it up again. Place on a serving platter, frost with whipped topping, and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cover loosely and chill at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 10

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 258
  • Calories from Fat 51
  • Total Fat 5.7g 9 %
  • Saturated Fat 3.0g 15 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 3.9g 8 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 65mg 22 %
  • Sodium 141mg 6 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 49g 16 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5 %
  • Sugars 23g 0 %

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Have not made this but it looks delicious!

Love this recipe, easy to make an my kids loved it.

I love this recipe also and will be making next recipe next time according to cms suggestions but good both ways also will try making a cream cheese filling can add drained pineapple or chopped cherries even chopped chocolate chips

I LOVE this recipe! I've made it several times and always get loads of compliments. I also used this recipe to make a jelly roll. Used 1 cup all-purpose flour and of course didn't use the cocoa. I spread it with strawberry preserves and then dusted it with confectioners' sugar. My husband was thrilled. Said it reminded him of the jelly roll that his grandmother used to make when he was growing up. This will be in the front of my file and used often!

Can this be done with a cake or brownie MIX?

My guess is no....a cake mix would be too thick. This recipe is the perfect thickness to be able to roll it up.

Thank you all for your questions! This recipe requires 3 whole eggs. We have updated the instructions, in Step #3. The eggs DO NOT need to beaten until soft peaks form. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

I have the same question about the eggs???

I am wondering the same thing as hpatoot 8814772, are these whole eggs or egg whites ????

I intend to make this cake roll but I am confused with the egg instructions, "beat eggs until soft peaks form." Are these whole eggs or egg whites?


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