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Mint Chip Cake Roll

February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day. Let’s celebrate in style, shall we?

This Mint Chip Cake Roll is perfect for any occasion, like Chocolate Mint Day, a holiday…or a 9th birthday.

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Dear Jordan,

Nine years ago yesterday I woke up to my water breaking. We rushed to the hospital only to have you decide you changed your mind; you wanted to stay snug and warm where you were.

{Notice I said 9 years ago yesterday. Yeah.}

26 hours later, in the wee hours of Feb 19, with the help of a vacuum and lots of pain meds, you entered the world with a cry.

Today you, my superstar, my little miracle, turn 9 years old.

Happy Birthday to you!

This year you’re in love with dance. Theatre. All things Zendaya.

You’re obsessed with mustaches. You’ll forever be known by the aides and teachers at school as “the sunglass girl”.

You’ve recently come to love reading. You’ve devoured 4 biography books in the past week alone.

You’re one of the funniest people I know. The other one is your dad, so you get it from him.

You’re one of my favorite people. And I hope you have a fabulous 9th birthday!

One thing I’ve realized over the past nine years of being your mom is that so many elements that made up your birth story became your personality.

For example, you were born on National Chocolate Mint Day. And mint and chocolate is your favorite food combination.

#thatsprettyweird #right?

So you get lots of Mint Chip for your birthday today…like some Mint Chip Cake Roll!

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Jordan is getting several mint chip flavored treats for her birthday, and this little gem was from her family party last weekend. It’s a chocolate cake roll filled with mint whipped cream and mini chocolate chips (or Andes Mint Baking Chips) and covered in milk chocolate ganache.

Seriously, I know I say this all the time, but it’s my favorite cake roll to date, and I’ve made a lot of them.

The chocolate cake is the same one I made for the Truffle Cake Roll, but I added 2 teaspoons of coffee to the batter to up the chocolate flavor. I know, sounds weird, right? But coffee brings out the natural chocolate flavor. If you don’t do coffee, you can use water.

The filling is whipped cream that’s filled with mint extract and dyed a light green. The food coloring is optional if you don’t do dyes. I have a range on the peppermint extract so you can add it according to taste. I added 3/4 teaspoon because I wanted it minty (but not so minty it’s toothpaste). If you don’t want it to scream mint, go with 1/2 teaspoon.

The cake is also filled with Andes Mint Baking Chips, which you can find year round in the baking aisle at most grocery stores. You can also substitute chopped Andes Mints (from the candy aisle) or just use mini chocolate chips.

A milk chocolate ganache is poured over the top. It doesn’t harden, but gives a rich sheen and flavor to the cake. I used milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chips or baking squares because Jordan doesn’t like darker chocolates. You can use what you like!

Even though it looks hard, making a cake roll is really not. I know that cracking can be an issue, and even I have problems with that. I can make the same recipe twice and one will crack but one won’t. It depends on a multitude of issues (weather being one) but luckily frosting and garnish cover most cracks. When in doubt…add more frosting!

If you’ve never made a cake roll before, check out my picture tutorial for making a cake roll and read my must-follow instructions for success.

And, as always, practice makes perfect! Which is something I’m totally willing to do, when it involves making lots and lots of cake!

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This is the perfect dessert for National Chocolate Mint Day, for St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, or any day you are craving mint chocolate.

It’s especially good for a birthday.

Happy Birthday Jordan! Now stop growing up, mmkay?

Mint Chip Cake Roll

Yield: 12 slices

Mint Chip Cake Roll

A chocolate cake roll filled with mint whipped cream and mini chocolate chips, topped with a milk chocolate ganache. Perfect for the mint chocolate lovers in your life!

Ingredients

    For the Frosting:
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips for garnish
  • For the Cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons brewed coffee (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup usweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, to aid in rolling
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoons peppermint extract (taste after 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 6 drops green food coloring
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips

Instructions

    Make the Frosting
  1. Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over low heat until it just starts to bubble around the edges. Pour cream over chocolate chips, let sit for 30 seconds, then whisk until smooth. Add extracts and stir. Refrigerate until thick, several hours. The frosting is more of a glaze; it will not harden like a true ganache. Once it cools in refrigerator, cover with plastic wrap and stir it occasionally until ready to frost cake. You can make the frosting the day before.
  2. Make the Cake
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll (10x15”) pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (I like to use the spray with flour).
  4. Beat eggs at high speed for 3 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. Beat in sugar, coffee, and vanilla extract.
  5. Whisk together cocoa, salt, baking powder, and flour. Stir into wet ingredients just until blended.
  6. Spread in prepared pan. Batter will be in a very thin layer and you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. Bake for 9-11 minutes (mine took 10).
  7. While the cake is baking, set a clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (about 1/4 cup). As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove foil carefully.
  8. Working at the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour.
  9. Make the Filling:
  10. Beat heavy cream in an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. (You can also use a hand mixer, but it will take longer.) Slowly add in powdered sugar during beating, one tablespoon at at time. Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Beat until whipped cream forms. Add up to 1/4 teaspoon more of peppermint extract to taste. Stir in food coloring.
  11. Assemble Cake
  12. Once the cake has cooled, unroll it carefully. Spread the filling on the cake, leaving 1” without filling at either end. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or mint baking chips and re-roll cake. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour before frosting.
  13. Place cake roll on a wire rack set over a cookie sheet. Pour chocolate ganache glaze evenly over the cake, making sure it covers the ends and sides of the cake. Transfer to serving plate and top with mini chocolate chips or mint baking chips for garnish. Chill at least one hour before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator, loosely covered.
  14. Note: You'll have leftover frosting. Eat it with a spoon, or make it into hot chocolate!
  15. Note: The cake should stay chilled until right before serving or the whipped cream filling will get warm and it will be hard to slice.

Notes

If you’ve never made a cake roll before, check out my picture tutorial for making a cake roll and read my must-follow instructions for success.

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77 Responses to “Mint Chip Cake Roll”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:32 am (#)

    Happy birthday Jordan!
    I would LOVE this to my birthday cake! I have no idea how I missed national chocolate mint day as it’s one of my favorite flavours ever.
    Besides funfetti, of course ;)
    This cake rolls looks amazing Dorothy..as always! :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 19th, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Thanks Taylor!! It’s one of mine too, luckily. :)

      Reply

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:47 am (#)

    Happy Bday to Jordan! I remember this time so well last year when I remember reading more in depth about truly, your little miracle. :) Mine turned 7 last week. Crazy how time flies, isn’t it!! This is an awesome cake and get this…yesterday we both made/posted PB, well today, mint/choc. But I didn’t post it. I only photographed it for a post in like a week :) You are the MASTER of cake rolls. This is possibly your prettiest and most perfect yet! Pinned

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 19th, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Happy birthday to her!! Time needs to SLOW DOWN! :)

      Ha, and I’m making another mint + chocolate treat for tonight. We ate this at her family party on Sunday. It’s like a week of parties around here…

      Reply

  3. Holly Waterfall posted on February 19, 2014 at 4:54 am (#)

    I love that Jordan was born on Chocolate Mint day and that it’s her favorite!! How fitting. Happy Birthday Jordan!
    This cake roll is serious perfection. Really. I almost {ALMOST} wouldn’t want to take a bite because it’s so pretty!

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  4. Mary Frances posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:06 am (#)

    You are the queen of chocolate mint desserts! Or should I say, Jordan sure is! Happy Birthday Jordan – you know how to celebrate! This cake is gorgeous and I want a bowl of that mint filling. I just tried a roll cake last night … and it didn’t turn out so nice ;) I’ll have to use this one next time! You do them so well!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 19th, 2014 at 6:46 am

      She keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure!! :)

      Reply

  5. Ashton posted on February 19, 2014 at 6:13 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Jordan!!! And it IS totally crazy that she was born on National Chocolate Mint day! #mindblowing

    Reply

  6. marcie posted on February 19, 2014 at 6:44 am (#)

    Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, and I can’t believe its National Chocolate Mint Day and I didn’t know. ha Happy birthday to Jordan…this is one fantastic way to celebrate!

    Reply

  7. Heather @ French Press posted on February 19, 2014 at 7:53 am (#)

    Happy Happy Birthday Jordan – and I think she gets some of that funny from you Dorothy :)

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  8. Jamielyn@iheartnaptime posted on February 19, 2014 at 7:53 am (#)

    This look AMAZING! I love the chocolate mint combo!

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  9. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:18 am (#)

    I don’t think a cake roll could look any more beautiful than this one! Oh, what I would give to be born on National Chocolate Mint Day since it’s one of my favorite flavors :). Happy Birthday to the even more beautiful, Jordan. I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating!!

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  10. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:37 am (#)

    Happy Birthday to your Daughter! Love birthdays.. :) Also loving the idea of chocolate mint day and this cake roll. You have out done yourself AGAIN!

    Reply

  11. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:46 am (#)

    Aww, happy birthday to Jordan! She sounds like so much fun! How perfect that chocolate mint is her favorite! LOVE this cake roll. And thanks for linking to my ice cream cake :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 19th, 2014 at 10:01 am

      That ice cream cake is da bomb!! :) Thanks Lindsay!

      Reply

  12. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:55 am (#)

    That cake roll is so gorgeous Dorothy!!

    Reply

  13. Iram posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:18 am (#)

    Happy b-day to your sweetie. Time flies SO fast. I hope she has a good day. She’s lucky to have her mom make her yummy things. *Are you gonna get her a doll or toy or clothes? What is she into?

    Reply

  14. Better With Sugar posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:51 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Jordan! She sounds like quite an awesome kid :)
    The cake looks amazing, I can’t wait to try out this recipe. I also love all things Mint Chocolate Chip! I’ve never made a roll cake before and I’m sure it will be nowhere near as pretty as yours! But whatever mine ends up looking like,, I shall happily devour it :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 19th, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Practice makes perfect, and I try to practice as much as possible, ha! (We love eating cake rolls!) Thanks so much!

      Reply

  15. Karissa @ Sweet as a Cookie posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:14 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Jordan!
    You make the most amazing Cake Rolls Dorothy.

    Reply

  16. Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:45 am (#)

    Happy birthday to your little girl…this looks amazing!

    Reply

  17. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on February 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm (#)

    Those mini chips on top give the extra added delicious-ness to this. Looks amazing!

    Reply

  18. aimee @ like mother like daughter posted on February 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm (#)

    Mmm, this looks so so delicious and I can’t believe I have never made a cake roll before! I love the combo of mint and chocolate too. Mint chocolate icecream? yum! You’re little girl sounds like an amazing person and I’m so glad you could celebrate her!

    Reply

  19. Jenn@eatcakefordinner posted on February 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm (#)

    Yay – Happy Birthday to Jordan! I looooovvvveee mint chocolate chip flavor and this looks fab!

    Reply

  20. Mom posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday to Jordan. And this cake roll looks beautiful and tasted even better!!! Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo,
    Mom

    Reply

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  22. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on February 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm (#)

    You had me at Mint Chip! Love this and Pinned!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Thanks for the pin Chandra!

      Reply

  23. TheGreatZambini posted on February 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm (#)

    That’s really a very pretty cake, though the green filling is very, umm, green. I’d probably tone it down a bit if I were making it for myself. But it’s what she loves, and that’s something very important indeed. Can’t wait to see the next chocolate mint creation, it’s one of my favorite flavor combinations too!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      You can even omit the green coloring if you want. For photos the color needs to pop or it looks dull, so I usually add a little more than I would in real life. :)

      Reply

  24. Melissa posted on February 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday Jordan! This is one delicious looking cake. Yummy! Another beautiful cake roll Dorothy! (P.s. I LOVE how your mom comments on your site! So fun).

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Yep, every post and every FB post and instagram photo! Ha! Thanks Melissa!

      Reply

  25. Tieghan Gerard posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm (#)

    Happy, happy Birthday to Jordan!! The girl has good taste!

    Reply

  26. Amy posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:36 pm (#)

    Dorothy, there are tears in my eyes. You’re the sweetest mom to make Jordan multiple mint birthday treats and celebrate her birthday over an entire week. Her birth story is really touching, and I can tell why you, even more than other moms, drop everything for her, especially when she wants to help bake or decorate cupcakes for your photographs. Happy birthday to your adorable rockstar!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Well, sweet or crazy, ha! Birthdays are a big deal in our family, something my husband doesn’t understand when his rolls around, lol. Thanks so much Amy!!

      Reply

      • Amy replied on February 20th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        Aww, boo on him. ;) Even if he can’t get into the birthday desserts because of his diet, he can at least let you guys decorate and make a big deal out of gifts and the Happy Birthday song, right??

        • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

          For sure!!

  27. Laurie F. posted on February 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm (#)

    You are such a good mom, Dorothy! I always just make a cake mix and simple buttercream frosting for my daughter’s birthday. Next year she is getting this one, since she, too, loves mint/chocolate. How do you always know what everyone will flip for?!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 6:40 am

      Well, I flip for pretty much every dessert, ha! Although sometimes I think something will do amazing and it flops. That’s always annoying!

      Reply

  28. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on February 20, 2014 at 4:23 am (#)

    I found your tribute to your daughter so touching Dorothy! My own daughter is turning ten in June and I really cannot comprehend where the time went!

    I absolutely love this minty cake roll! All your cake rolls turn out gorgeous and I love your tutorial. Going to have to try one some day! :)

    Reply

  29. dina posted on February 20, 2014 at 6:48 am (#)

    this looks so yummy and perfect for st. patty’s day!

    Reply

  30. Kristyn posted on February 20, 2014 at 8:36 am (#)

    Anything mint is a keeper in my book! Looks great!! Pinning. :)

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  31. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on February 20, 2014 at 8:47 am (#)

    OH MY! Jordan I would get along great because I am MINT CHIP CRAZY!! Love this cake roll- still afraid to attempt them at home.

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      You totally should try! You can do it!!

      Reply

  32. Cyndi posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:30 am (#)

    Happy Happy Birthday Jordan. Time sure does fly by doesn’t it. Your cake looks beautiful!! Hope she had a great day!!

    Reply

  33. Manhattan Image and Style posted on February 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm (#)

    Wow, this looks amaizing!! Happy birthday to Jordan! :) You have such a beautiful blog!

    Feel free to visit my blog as well! There are tons of tips on fashion, beauty, style, health, personal growth and more! <3

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  34. Shannon posted on February 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm (#)

    This looks divine!

    Reply

  35. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter posted on February 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm (#)

    Happy happy birthday to Jordan! That was such a tearful and heart-touching story Dorothy, you are such a sweet mom and it truly shows how much love you have for Jordan:)
    This cake roll looks amazing! I love chocolate mint and how perfect for Jordan to be born on National Chocolate Mint Day – hope you all had an amazing time celebrating :)

    Reply

  36. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:46 am (#)

    Mmmm, this looks awesome, Dorothy!! Yum, yum, yum!

    Reply

  37. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm (#)

    Yayyyy! Happy Birthday Jordan!!!! It is SO funny that she was born on chocolate mint day and that it’s her fave!!! This looks like a perfect and delish treat for the birthday girl!! (or me…and Michael…yeah he’d def. appreciate this too!)

    Reply

  38. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on February 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm (#)

    Happy (late) birthday to your sweet girl!! :) Crazy how fast times, isn’t it?? And I need this cake roll in my liiiiife!

    Reply

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  41. Julia posted on February 28, 2014 at 6:27 am (#)

    The cake roll looks so perfect! Happy birthday Jordan!

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  49. Katie Adams posted on April 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm (#)

    Yumm! This cake looks so good and the presentation is beautiful!

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  54. Beth+McC posted on October 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm (#)

    This looks soooo good…. My daughter made a cake roll once, and I hope to talk her into trying this one for me. Normally, she does all the regular cooking (I peel potatoes and such) and I bring baked goods to her and my grandchildren, but she enjoyed making the last one a couple of years ago… I think I will ask her about this for my February birthday :)

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