Peppermint Mocha Cake Roll is a moist chocolate-espresso cake filled with whipped cream and topped with chocolate espresso ganache and crushed peppermint. It’s your favorite peppermint mocha coffee drink in cake form!
‘Tis the season to be jolly, especially when it involves chocolate and peppermint! And coffee. 🙂 This cake happened because my oldest son turned teenager on me…lucky 13….and this is the flavor combination he chose. He’s a big choc-a-holic, which he may or may not have gotten from me? You know I love deep, dark, and most of the time salted chocolate…see my Salted Dark Chocolate Toffee Fudge and Dark Chocolate Hazelnut English Toffee if you need proof. My son loved both of those, too, so he’s definitely my boy. 🙂
My son is very easy going, and he will give me the flavor of the cake he wants with free reign to do whatever I like with it. I’ve been on a bit of a cake roll kick because they’re quicker and easier than a layer cake or cupcakes. You can seriously have this baby chilling in the fridge in a little over an hour with cooling time included, and you won’t have cake coming out your ears for days afterward either. I need that I like I need more holiday cookies. Just sayin’. 🙂
I feel like I’ve made myself a cake roll crusader this past year…this is the 3rd one I’ve made and posted since April. Yes, they can be intimidating, but as I said, they’re so quick! This cake takes 15 minutes to put together once your ingredients are prepped, and 15 minutes to bake. Unreal? Seems like it should be, but it’s not. I’ll just keep singing it’s praises and hope that you give this cake roll thing a try. 😉
This cake doesn’t require a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa on the kitchen towel before you roll it up — it’s moist but it’s not sticky. I’ve made this recipe twice and the cake was easy to roll both times with barely a crack to speak of. If you want step by step instructions for this cake, visit the post for my German Chocolate Cake Roll.
I decided to go the simple whipped cream filling route because peppermint mocha coffee drinks are topped with whipped cream and I tried to make this cake authentic for you peppermint mocha fans. Plus it’s ridiculously easy, and I’m all about that these days. You could certainly add crushed peppermint to the whipped cream for a crunchy texture, or fill the cake with whatever type of frosting you like.
I love having a deep dark chocolate coating over my cake roll, and ganache is the easiest way I know to get that. The crushed peppermint with that ganache was SO good that I may or may not have had a little bowl of it on the side. 😉
This cake is quick to put together, but you do need to chill it for a few hours to set up. This particular cake roll was perfect after 4 hours or chilling time, and I’m willing to bet it would’ve been fine after 2 hours as well. If you have leftovers, just be sure to wrap the cake well and keep it in the fridge.
You absolutely can’t go wrong with this cake roll for the holidays. It’s festive, and it’s so much easier than a buche de noel (which some day I will get around to doing)! Writing this post has me dreaming about all things chocolate peppermint, and my cake is gone. What’s a girl to do? Don’t be surprised if something else chocolate and peppermint comes your way again soon. ‘Tis the season, after all. 🙂
Craving chocolate and peppermint? The recipes below will do the trick!
Candy Cane French Silk Pie by Two in the Kitchen
Homemade Marshmallows with Chocolate and Peppermint by Flavor the Moments
Homemade Peppermint Patties by the Gunny Sack
Peppermint Bark Brownies by Love and Olive Oil
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix by Cooking with Manali
- For the cake:
- 1.5 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus 1 tablespoon more for preparing the cake pan
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1.6 ounces (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) sifted all purpose flour
- 1.2 ounces (3/8 cup) unsifted cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 4 large eggs, room temperature*
- 4.3 ounces (2/3 cup) granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 1¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Guittard)
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Guittard)
- ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- crushed candy canes or peppermint crunch, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with half of the 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Line the pan with parchment paper, cutting a diagonal line from each corner into the corners of the pan so the paper nestles in easily. Brush the parchment and sides with the remaining ½ tablespoon of melted butter. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in a medium sized microwave safe bowl until melted, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Add the room temperature eggs, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk just to combine with the whisk attachment. Beat the mixture at high speed until it triples in volume, about 5 minutes, or until you can draw a figure 8 by dipping the whisk attachment into the batter and it holds.
- While the eggs and sugar are being whipped, combine the flour, cocoa, and espresso powder with a whisk until combined. Sift the mixture together three times. Sift ⅓ of the flour mixture into the egg-sugar mixture, and gently fold it in using a rubber scraper. Repeat with the remaining ⅔ of the dry ingredients, being careful not to over-fold. Add about 1 cup of the batter to the butter-vanilla mixture and fold gently until combined. Add this to the remaining batter and fold in gently just until incorporated. Pour large dollops of the batter over the entire surface area of the prepared pan so it's easier to spread without over-working. Spread as evenly as possible with an offset spatula, and bake on the center rack of the oven for 15 minutes, or until the top of the cake springs back when gently pressed and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack.
- While the cake cools, lay a large lint-free towel on the counter. Holding the cake pan with the cake facing away from you, hold onto the sides with oven mitts or towels and invert the cake gently onto the towel. Gently roll the cake up in the towel while it's still warm, and cool on the wire rack for 30 minutes to 1 hour until completely cool.
- Place the whipped cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium high speed until medium peaks form, being careful not to over beat.
- Place the chocolate chips, espresso powder, and heavy cream in a heat proof bowl. Set aside.
- Fill a large sauté pan halfway full of water and heat over medium heat until the water simmers. Turn the heat down to low, then place the bowl of chocolate chips and cream, stirring constantly with a rubber scraper until the chocolate melts and emulsifies with the cream. When the mixture is smooth, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Once the cake has cooled, unroll the cake and trim the edges, if necessary, with a sharp knife. Spread the whipped cream evenly over the unrolled cake, leaving a border of 1" around the cake. Carefully roll the cake as tightly as possible, tucking it gently as you roll. Place on a serving plate with two pieces of waxed paper on either side, which will be removed after frosting with the ganache.
- If the ganache has cooled too much, heat it in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until just pourable. Pour some of the ganache over the cake carefully -- you won't need it all -- and spread along the sides if necessary. Remove the waxed paper. Garnish the cake with crushed candy canes or peppermint crunch. Chill 2-4 hours or until set. Enjoy!
To bring your eggs to room temperature faster, submerge them in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.
While this cake was still delicious the next day, I thought it was best the day it was made. If you have leftovers, store it in an airtight container in the fridge or cover with plastic wrap.
The peppermint candies will liquify slightly when left in the refrigerator.
Cake recipe adapted from Alice Medrich .
Whipped cream filling and chocolate ganache recipes by Flavor the Moments.