With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Double Chocolate Irish Cream Cake Roll

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Double Chocolate Irish Cream Cake Roll

You'll think you've reached the rainbow's end with this over-the-top cake roll. It is filled with a creamy chocolate center and then covered with a decadent chocolate ganache. Bits of minty chocolate garnish the top for an impressive dessert that will please any Irishman or Irish Lassie.

 Once again, I am joining my sweet Irish blogging friend, Kathleen @Cuisine Kathleen for her 
5th Annual St Patrick's Day Blog Crawl

You'll find lots of wonderful links sharing Irish Inspiration!

Jelly Roll
source: Betty Crocker's Cookbook, Twenty-third Printing 1974
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water (for this St Patties Day version, I added 1 Tbs. Baileys Irish Cream then water to measure the 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine in small bowl:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375F. Line jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 1 inch, with aluminum foil or waxed paper; grease. (I use waxed paper)

In small mixer bowl, beat eggs in small bowl with electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until very thick and lemon colored. Pour eggs into medium bowl; gradually beat in granulated sugar. On low speed , blend in water and vanilla . Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt, beating just until batter is smooth. Pour into pan, spreading to corners.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto towel sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. Carefully remove paper; trim off stiff edges of cake if necessary.

While hot, roll cake and towel from narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

Unroll cake; remove towel.

Spread Creamy Chocolate Filling on cake.  Gently re-roll.
Place cake roll into a serving plate.  To keep plate tidy, tuck pieces of waxed paper under edge of cake before pouring and spreading on Chocolate Ganache. Remove waxed paper and refrigerate cake roll to firm up. 

Creamy Chocolate Filling
NOTE:  I used all of this filling for a rich dessert.  You could use less if you wanted.
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
3 tablespoons evaporated milk (add a little more if you want it creamier)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
(I like to add a small pinch of salt)


In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk/Baileys Irish Cream. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

Chocolate Ganache
slightly adapted from Ina Garten

NOTE:  I had extra Ganache left over, so if you want to go light, you could just make half.
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream (I used fat-free half & half to lighten)
1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

Cook the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.

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Barbara F. said...

Oh, yummy, Lorraine, I'd like a slice, please! Beautiful styling too, love it. xo

Keri On said...

Oh...looks delicious! I don't think I've ever made a jelly roll type cake...kind of scares me...but this looks so good, perhaps I'll have to get over the fear and give it a try!

Debbie said...

OH..MY..GOODNESS...this sounds and looks wonderful! I am on my way over, haha.

Joseph Kampf said...

I hope I can get Toni to make this for me.

Brandi said...

Oh my Lorraine, that looks really good!!

Olga said...

Looks wonderful!

Leslie said...

Your dessert is beautiful and looks so tasty, too! I love all the detailed pictures!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Lorraine, your dessert looks so yummy ! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm your newest follower!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh boy, I hope you saved a piece for me! This looks great:@)

Ann said...

oh wow, that looks incredibly delicious

Beth said...

It sounds delicious and looks stunning! This would be a hit on any St. Patrick's Day table!

Mona said...

Lorraine, I am so glad we were neighbors at Kathleen's..I am now your newest follower...your blog looks so friendly and I will be back again....
Love, Mona

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine-Not only does that SOUND good- it looks beautiful-xo Diana

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Mercy me and oh my! That is a winner!

GardenofDaisies said...

Your Irish Cream cake roll looks delicious!!! And yes, that little fellow is one of the cutest leprechauns I have ever seen!! :-) Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

lindsey said...

Oh dear me, that cake looks wonderful. My mother in law was Irish so we always remember St Patrick's Day but oddly enough it is not such a big deal here in the UK as it is on USA.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous-looking dessert! Thank you for all of the preparation tips including refrigerating the cake before rolling.

Ryan is an adorable leprechaun :)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

This looks so good--I love chocolate AND Bailey's so I would be eating this all before my guests had a chance. Linda

Marigene said...

Oh my, your chocolate roll looks so decadent! Wish I could make one come out so perfect...mine crack, then fall apart.

Kathleen said...

That looks wonderful! Great pic too!
Ryan is the perfect leprechaun for sure. The green striped socks I wear every year are from when my son, now the father of 5 little leprechauns, wore for the parade when he was in Kdgn! They stretch! :)
Thanks so much for crawling in the St. Patrick's Blog Crawl!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your cake roll look fabulous, Lorraine! I am making special dinner next weekened to celebrate St. Patrick's Day ( my husband is in NYC this week) so I think I'll make this as dsessert

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O MY!!

So Yummy!!


Sue said...

Yummmmy, Loraine, your tutorials are better than what I read in cookbooks, you not only make your recipes look good but easy as well! I always leaves saying" I think I can do that." ~smiling~Thanks for sharing.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

Susan said...

Glory be to all the Leprechaumns on "arth," that roll has got to be the most dazzling, lip-smacking dessert "thar" ever was.

It's enough to make every Irish flag wave in air.

"Shorely" it is a lip smacking delight.

Good for Irish and non-Irish alike.

Have a delightful Saturday, LDH, and thanks so much for sharing such delight. And that is no blarney! Susan

Winnie said...

A cake-roll is a childhood cake for me. We all here looooooooooooove this cake
Yours looks gorgeous!

Sarah said...

Oh, my, this is the second cake roll recipe I've read this evening. Have you seen the one Monique posted on La Table De Nana? Her's was chocolate with strawberries and now here is one with Bailey's Cream, my favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I've got to make these.
Happy St. Pat's Day! ~ Sarah

Cottage and Broome said...

Your cake looks so yummy and your photo is great! Laura

Mary said...

What an absolutely beautiful cake roll! Love your detailed step by step mosaics! Some leprechauns will be very happy~ Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lisa said...

Great looking cake roll - they are such fun to prepare aren't they? Your little leprechauns are darling! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

Diane said...

Wow - I think I have gained five pounds just looking at all of the yummy recipes this morning. This one looks fantastic! Love seeing the pictures of the children - how adorable!!

Beth said...

That is one sweet treat! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family.

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, Lorraine, your cake roll looks professionally done! I'd love a slice of it to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. Your darling leprechauns are toooooo cute!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely beautiful! I'm drooling all over my keyboard ~ :)

The little ones are adorable!


Just a little something from Judy said...

Why do you do this to me? Thank goodness St. Patrick's Day is over and you probably don't have any leftovers, but it sure does look so good!


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