Try something special this Christmas with this charming cake. I garnish the log with marzipan holly leaves and berries.
Mine didn't quite look like the picture, but I was very happy with the results. - 10 Nov 2014
I made the cake portion of this recipe only. I just didn't have the time for making frosting from scratch! I've never made a roll-type cake before, and I wanted to impress my inlaws with something special during the holidays. I was surprised at how easy this cake was to make. The cake came out moist and light, and it rolled without cracking. I frosted the inner roll with a raspberry glaze and chocolate frosting. The outside was frosted with chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. I even made little meringue mushrooms (dusted with cocoa powder) to garnish the log. No one believed that I actually made the log; everyone thought that it came from a professional bakery! And it tasted incredible, too. There were no leftovers whatsoever. This recipe will become a staple of my holiday events! - 10 Aug 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Fantastic recipe! I gave it four stars because I thought the frosting was a bit "powdery". I ended up adding some cream cheese to mellow it out and some melted dark chocolate to give it more of a chocolate umph! Might be better off using melted chocolate in place of the cocoa. The cake part was great - perfect consistency and rolled with no cracking or major breaking. The mocha cream filling was to die for! Make sure to sift the instant coffee. I added a splash of Kahlua as well. - 25 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)