Chocolate strawberry roll cake

Chocolate strawberry roll cake – Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries.
Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries. Recipe from #chocolateparty

One would think that after 8 months of hosting the chocolate party I get my act together and post on time. Sorry to disappoint you but this month was so close to not having a party at all.

When we picked strawberries as the secret ingredient for this month challenge not in a million years I had though I have such a hard time baking something edible and pretty enough to take decent pictures of.

Three is a charm? I used to believe that. Not anymore. It took me 6 ruined cakes and almost 10 pounds of strawberries to complete this month’s challenge.

Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries. Recipe from #chocolatepartyThis would definitely go in history as my lowest baking point. I was so close to throw in the towel and looking at the pile of dirty dishes made me cry even more.

I had to take a couple of days away from the oven. I needed to clear my mind.

With one day left till the reveal day I got myself together, measured the ingredients a couple of times and turned the oven on.

Fingers crossed while walking back and forth in front of the oven. No one was allowed to enter the kitchen. No one was allowed to make a noise. I was being selfish. 

Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries. Recipe from #chocolateparty

A few minutes later, the cake came out of the oven. Quickly rolled the sponge chocolate cake in a tea towel and prayed I would be able to unroll it in one piece.

Hours later, after the cake was completely cooled it was time to see if I call off the chocolate party or start decorating.

Yay! A happy dance was required. The cake was unrolled in one piece. Time to whip the filling, dice the strawberries and start partying like 1999.

Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries. Recipe from #chocolateparty

This chocolate roll cake is absolutely amazing! The addition of both cocoa powder and grated chocolate to the batter gives the cake a strong chocolate taste and the slightly sweet whipped cream filling is so light and balances well the richness of the cake. The fresh dices strawberries spread all over the cream just before rolling add not only color and texture but also sweetness.

This cake is perfect for that fancy dinner party you’re going to throw or to impress your Mom on Mother’s day or just because you love chocolate and strawberries as much as I do.

Chocolate strawberry roll cake recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

2 hours

Yield: 1 roll cake

Chocolate strawberry roll cake recipe

Chocolate sponge cake filled with lighter than air cream and diced fresh strawberries.


  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour ( I used Pillsbury)
  • 1/4 cup (20 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used Hershey's)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 oz (28 grams) grated dark chocolate ( I used 99% scharffen berger chocolate)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 to 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • powdered sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 400F. Line a 15X11" jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Grease the top with bakers spray. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the eggs and the sugar. Start on low speed and slowly increase to the highest speed and keep mixing for 3-4 minutes on high or until the eggs thicken and are pale in color.
  3. With a spatula fold in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and grated chocolate.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and bake for 6-7 minutes.
  5. Turn off the oven and let the pan cool for 1 minute.
  6. In the meantime sprinkle powder sugar all over a clean tea towel.
  7. Invert cake onto the clean towel and gently remove the parchment paper. Roll up the cake with towel starting from the short side.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. When the cake is cold, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks. Add the 2 tbsp of sugar and continue whipping until firm peaks.
  10. Unroll the cake. Spread the cream evenly all over the cake. Sprinkle with the diced strawberries.
  11. Roll the cake again, this time without the towel. Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  12. When ready to serve, sprinkle some powder sugar on top and cut in thin slices.
  13. Enjoy!

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I’m pretty sure you guessed by now this month secret ingredient is strawberries. Fresh, frozen, dried or canned, pair with chocolate and come party with us!

Here are my wonderful hosts this month :

Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Nutella strawberry shortcake

Sara of Pidge’s Pantry – Dark chocolate shortcakes with balsamic roasted strawberries

Denise of From Brazil to You – Chocolate strawberry slump

Liz of That Skinny Chick can Bake – Strawberry topped chocolate tart

Anne of From my Sweet Heart – Chocolate strawberry slab pie

Emily of Life on Food – Strawberry chocolate chip muffins

Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen – Chocolate dipped strawberries

Kim of Ninja Baking – Strawberry chocolate bento

Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories – Strawberry chocolate anniversary cake 

Suzanne of You Made That? – Double chocolate pancakes with strawberries

Laura of Tutti Dolci – Chocolate strawberries cupcakes

Laura of The Spiced Life – White chocolate mousse with strawberries

We’d love to have you join us! Make something featuring this month’s ingredients :  chocolate and strawberries.

Also, if you’d like to know what are we up to and what ingredients we pick for the next parties, join our Facebook group.

All submitted posts will be pinned to the Chocolate party Pinterest board and will be promoted on other social media platforms using the #chocolateparty hashtag.

Our recipes will be shared on the first Monday of each month and you can submit your own recipes until the end of the month. You can submit up to 3 recipes each month.

To make sure everyone is having a fantastic time, here are some simple rules to follow

How to participate (the rules)

1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.

2.) Include a link back to this post or the Chocolate party page.  Optionally, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.

3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

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  1. says

    Oh Roxana, I totally understand what you’ve been through, I know all bloggers must have days like that but your final results are well worth all your effort! The cake looks perfect and VERY delicious!

  2. Anita at Hungry Couple says

    Well, I’m glad you got yourself together because this roll cake looks AMAZING!

  3. says

    Your cake sooo reminds me of the lovely cake rolls sold in Japanese food courts (like London Harrods.) And you’ve inspired me, Roxana, to try another cake roll. Fingers crossed I can make it look as pretty and professional as yours =)

  4. Liz says

    Simply stunning, Roxana! Sorry about all the hassles baking with chocolate and strawberries, but this gorgeous cake roll was worth the wait!!!

    • says

      Hi Katie,
      I think the secret is in the eggs (make sure you beat them long enough to incorporate air) and making sure when you fold the dry ingredients you don’t overmix. The cake is just like a sponge, making it easier to roll. If you overmix the batter, the cake hardens and cracks when rolled.

      Hope my answer helps,


  5. says

    Roxana-I’m so impressed with both your efforts and the beauty of this chocolate strawberry roll cake-congratulations!!!! This would make a perfect Mother’s Day dessert and I’m so happy the chocolate party continues on 😉

  6. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says

    I have never made a roll cake. But if I were to ever make one this would be it. I love how beautiful this is! I might even drizzle chocolate on top 😉

  7. says

    Oh Roxana….I feel your pain! I’ve had bouts of bad kitchen karma that seemed to last weeks! You would never know you struggled looking at this beautiful cake. Sponge cakes are among my favorites! Thanks for creating such a fun group! : )

  8. tanya says

    Oh I hate that moment when you aren’t sure if the cake will fall apart or not! This looks amazing Roxana! I do love strawberry’s and chocolate together!

  9. says

    What a gorgeous roll cake and I love the chocolate and strawberry combo! I’ve been wanting to make roll cake too, but I always knew it’s an advanced recipe. I think I’ll postpone a little later and try other things first before giving it a try (not to mention I’ve never made a cake… xD). Yours came out perfectly. I’ve been trying to bake this Japanese recipe and already failed two times in a row. I may try it tonight after several days of break. You got me inspired!

  10. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    This turned out absolutely gorgeous!!! I am so glad you kept trying for this cake because it is amazing!!!

  11. Lora @cakeduchess says

    I have baking days like that, Roxy. And days when I want to do so many different things and end up doing nothing. This is a huge success-a beautiful chocolate roll. Delicate and love it for even Mother’s Day:) xx

  12. Laura says


    And OMG I am so impressed by the cake. As you know, I am not the fruit and chocolate person, but this is just gorgeous. And I imagining all the other flavors I could pair with the whipped cream…

  13. Suzanne says

    Wow, this cake looks fabulous! I adore chocolate and strawberries together and especially in cakes, it’s one of my favorite flavors. Great job on the roll too and lovely photos too. xoxox

  14. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes says

    It certainly paid off Roxana, it´s a perfect filled chocolate roll! I just frost it whenever they crack… Such a trooper you are! The idea of both types of chocolate in the batter is wonderful, especially grated chocolate. Nothing more unappealing than a dry sponge.

  15. Carole says

    Lovely work, Roxana! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about cakes? This is the link . There are lots of great links there already. I do hope to see you there. Cheers

  16. Myrna Davis says

    I have made this cake twice already. Once for my oldest daughter, didn’t tell anyone. She sent me the recipe. And again last night for the ones at home. The 11 year old twins loved it, however, my husband said it was dry??? Guess I need help with this. Thanks for posting!

    • says

      Hi Myrna,
      Thanks for the comment. So happy to hear you made it twice so far!
      The cake should not turn out dry. If it does, you may have overbaked it. It should also get some moisture from the filling. Wonder if it’s just your husband’s taste bugs


  17. Erica Morgan says

    I made this for the men at my husbands work along with a pumpkin roll they always request. This “roll” was devoured BEFORE their favorite pumpkin roll! The next time I make it I will double the cake part just for a little thicker roll. I also added chocolate syrup drizzled on the whipped cream and strawberries before rolling it. I thought it was going to be too sweet but it was perfect! Big hit! I will definitely be making it again!

  18. Dixie Mason says

    Question about the chocolate strawberry roll cake – Is the shaved chocolate sweetened or unsweetened. Presume it can be frozen. Want to make ahead. Thank you —-can’t wait to try it.

    • says

      Hi Dixie,
      you can use either semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate.
      And yes, you can freeze the cake roll, when needed, just leave it in the fridge to thaw.

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