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Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream Roll Recipe

Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream Roll ~ is a chocolate cake filled with strawberry ice cream then rolled up, topped with chocolate icing and frozen, makes a wonderful impression and well worth the effort!

My good friend and neighbor Julie loves to bake, and made this festive Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream Cake Roll for her special Valentine’s cocktail party this past weekend and invited me to come over to share her recipe and take photos. If you have never made one, like me, then fear not! We have provided a step-by-step, how-to photos for this recipe.

….Well then, let’s get started!

Line a 12 x 17 jelly-roll pan with wax or parchment paper and fit it to completely cover the bottom and go up the sides a little. Don’t worry if the paper doesn’t go up the sides.  Then drop about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil onto the paper and spread it using a paper towel or your fingers. Set it aside.

Next, prepare the cake batter.  Here, she decided to use a cake box mix to speed up the process, beating the eggs first, then adding in dark chocolate cake mix with water, oil and some powered sugar.

Pour only 3 and 1/2 cups of cake batter onto the jelly roll. There will be some cake batter leftover for you to use and bake some extra cupcakes for the kids (makes about 4 cupcakes). Follow the directions on the box for baking cupcakes.

Using a spatula to spread the batter evenly onto the prepared pan.  Bake for about 15 minutes.

Meantime, spread about 1/2 cup of powered sugar onto a clean kitchen cloth, and spread it evenly with your hand to cover the surface.

When cake is done, use a small knife to loosen the cake from the sides and edges of pan and parchment paper. Carefully invert the cake onto the prepared sugared towel and slowly peel off the paper.

Sprinkle the surface of the cake with two tablespoons of granulated sugar. Then, starting from the narrow end of the towel, fold it over onto the cake and gently begin to roll the cake up in the towel. Not too tight.

Allow the cake to cool completely on wire rack, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, remove 2 pints of ice cream from freezer and allow to thaw for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Scoop chunks of ice cream out and begin to spread a thin layer (about 1/2 -inch) of ice cream filling evenly over the cake leaving about 1/2 inch open at end around the cake.

Re-roll the cake with filling slowly and fairly tight. Store in an airtight container with a lid or wrap with foil wrap and place it into your freezer.  Keep frozen for at least an 1 hour before icing or frosting the top. 

When cake is frozen, spread the top with icing and decorate with chocolate candies and freeze again until ready to serve. 

Frozen cake rolls are so versatile, they can be filled with a variety of cream fillings and ice cream flavors.  Once frozen, they’re easy to spread with icing and decorate with candies, nuts, sprinkles or chocolate chips to create a festive look for any special occasion or holiday.

Frozen chocolate cake with a strawberry ice cream filling is elegant, yet surprisingly easy to make, a frozen ice cream cake roll makes a perfect dessert to serve your family and friends.

It’s so much more fun baking and making desserts with friends. My husband and I are blessed with good neighbors who become great friends! Thank you Julie for sharing your recipe with me and the rest of the world!

Wishing you and your families something sweet on Valentine’s Day!

xo ENJOY!



Here are some tips:  We recommend to use a non-terry cloth towel, don’t want any lint to get all over the cake.  If you don’t have parchment paper, wax paper will work just fine.  Also, you can lightly spray the wax paper with cooking spray instead of spreading with oil.

Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream Roll Recipe

  • 1 dark chocolate cake mix (used Betty Crocker Super Moist)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and extra for jelly roll pan 
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar, and extra for towel
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 pints strawberry ice cream or gelato
  • 1 jello roll pan (12 x 17 size)  ( used Calphalon Jelly Pan )
  • wax paper or parchment paper
  • 1 clean kitchen towel

Chocolate Icing for the cake roll

  • 2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa (used Hershey’s Cocoa)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. crisco / oleo
  • some milk, if needed to spread

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 12 x 17 jelly-roll pan with parchment or wax paper. Try to fit the paper to completely fit the bottom and goes up the sides of the pan. Drop 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over the paper and using your fingers to spread the oil evenly over the wax paper.  Set aside.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat 6 eggs on medium speed for 5 minutes.
Then, pour in the chocolate cake mix,  water, vegetable oil and add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, and then 1 minute on medium speed.

3.  Pour only 3 and 1/2 cups of cake batter onto the prepared jelly roll pan. Using a spatula to spread the batter to the edges of the jelly-roll pan.  Use the remaining batter to bake cupcakes with, which will yield you 4 cupcakes.

4.  Bake for 13 to 15 minutes only.  Cake should lightly spring back when you touched in the center. While cake is baking, grab a clean rectangular kitchen towel and spread it out on a clean work surface. Scatter about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar over the clean towel and spread evenly using your hand.

5.  When cake is done.  Remove from oven and place it on the counter. Take a small knife and slide the knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the cake from the pan and from the parchment paper.

6. Then carefully flip the pan over onto the prepared kitchen towel.  Slowly pull off the wax paper and discard it.  Take the end of the towel and fold it over one side of cake, and begin to roll the cake with the towel.  Then place it onto a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

7.  When ready to fill the cake roll, take out the ice cream and allow it to soften on the counter, about 20 minutes or so.  Slowly unroll the towel and spread with your favorite ice cream, leaving 1/2 inch open around the egdes. Re-roll the cake again. Wrap the cake with foil wrap or place it into a airtight container with a lid with seam side on the bottom, and freeze for least 30 minutes before spreading the icing on top.

8.  Prepare the icing while cake is freezing, whisking all the ingredients together until the texture is smooth and spreadable.  When cake roll is frozen, spread the icing on top.  Decorate with candies, nuts or sprinkles.  Keep in freezer until you are ready to serve.  Before serving, allow the cake roll to thaw about 20 to 30 minutes.

Yields: about 12 slices

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    February 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Boy I love cake rolls and this one is gorgeous! You just can't beat strawberry and chocolate. Perfect for Valentine's Day! Great tutorial too 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you Tricia! Have a wonderful week!
      Xo

  • Reply
    Cheri Savory Spoon
    February 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    What a gorgeous looking ice cream cake, I can just tell this is delicious. Chocolate and strawberry is perfect together. Happy Valentines Day!

  • Reply
    annaliz
    February 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you Cheri! Have a great week! 🙂

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    What a beautiful dessert! The strawberry ice cream is perfect for Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and tell your friend Thank You also 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 14, 2017 at 12:29 am

      I will Susan and thank you!!

  • Reply
    Amy
    February 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    SO pretty and festive for Valentine's day! Love this classic chocolate and strawberry flavors together…and even better when ice cream is in the same sentence. 😉 Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you Amy! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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