Peppermint Chocolate Swiss Roll Recipe

Fluffy peppermint filling all rolled into a chocolate cake for a delicious swiss cake roll recipe. Easy treat to make that the whole family will love!

Did you grow up loving the Little Debbie Swiss Rolls? What am I saying, I STILL love them! This homemade version is easy to make, has cleaner ingredients, and can be totally customized to what flavors your family preferes. You’ll love this!

Main Ingredients:

  • Cocoa If you can find it easily, Dutch-processed cocoa has a higher fat content and lower starch content. That means it won’t dry out your recipes as much. But don’t stress…use what you have on hand.
  • Eggs, separated Beating the whites and yolks separately gives the cake a light and airy sponge reminiscent of our favorite Little Debbie versions.
  • Powdered Sugar We use powdered sugar in this recipe because it dissolves quickly and allows for a tender crumb.
  • Cream Cheese The cream cheese adds the right tangy creaminess that gives this filling it’s delicious and creamy flavor.

Make the Chocolate Cake:

  • Beat the egg yolks. You want them to be creamy and bright yellow in color.
  • Sift and stir the dry ingredients together.
  • Beat the dry ingredients into the egg yolk. Add in the dry ingredients and beat it all together just until well blended.
  • Add in the vanilla.
  • Beat the egg whites and fold them in gently. Very, very gently fold the whites in just until mixed. Don’t overmix, you don’t want to let any air out.
  • Bake the cake in a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet pan with edges. Err on the side of under-bake, in this case. Over-baking will cause cracking when you try to roll it.
  • Roll the cake up in a towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar acts like flour without drying out the cake.
  • Let cool and then unroll and spread the frosting on.

How to Make the Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together with a mixer until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Add the vanilla and salt and give it a stir.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the powdered sugar until it’s combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture on the chocolate cake (after you unroll it).
  • Sprinkle the crushed peppermints all over the spread cream cheese mixture.
  • Gently roll the swiss roll back up. Slice it up and eat it!!!

Peppermint Chocolate Swiss Roll Recipe

| 8 servings
Prep Time | 20 minutes
Cook Time | 15 minutes
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Fluffy peppermint filling all rolled into a chocolate cake for a delicious swiss cake roll recipe. Easy treat to make that the whole family will love!


Chocolate Swiss Cake

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Sifted flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 5 egg Whites stiffly beaten

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 8 Oz Cream cheese (1 pkg) softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Powdered sugar
  • ½ cup Red peppermint candies crushed in food processeor
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How to Make Chocolate Swiss Cake

  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  • Sift powdered sugar, flour, salt and cocoa together.
  • Beat the dry ingredients into the egg yolks until well blended.
  • Add vanilla
  • Fold in the egg whites.
  • Spray a 10×15 cookie sheet (with edge) with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Pour cake mixture in the baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the center springs back when pushed with a finger.
  • Lightly dust a clean dish towel with powdered sugar. Loosen cake around edges with a knife and invert onto towel while still warm. Peel off parchment paper.
  • Roll up cake gently, rolling the towel in the cake.
  • Wrap tightly in the towel to hold the shape.
  • Once the cake has cooled, spread cream cheese frosting on the cake, sprinkle with the crushed candy and roll like a jelly roll.

How to Make Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Combine butter and cream cheese into a mixing bowl and beat with a stand or hand mixer, until well-combined, creamy and lump free.
  • Add vanilla extract and salt and stir well.
  • With a mixer on the low setting, gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined.

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