German Chocolate Cake Roll

Total Time:
1 hr 26 min
35 min
25 min
26 min

8 to 12 servings

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks plus 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter; 1 stick cubed, 1 1/2 sticks softened
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups sweetened coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup strong hot coffee
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13-by-18-inch jelly-roll pan; line with parchment paper, letting it come up the short sides by about 2 inches. Brush the paper with oil or melted butter and lightly dust with flour.

  • For the filling, whisk the evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, 3 egg yolks and the cubed butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, the coconut and pecans. Set aside to cool completely, stirring occasionally.

  • Meanwhile, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the cocoa and chocolate in another bowl. Add the hot coffee to the cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth; stir in the buttermilk and the remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla.

  • Using a mixer, beat the softened butter and the remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar in a large bowl on high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce the speed to low; add the 3 whole eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the cocoa mixture in 2 parts, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat until just blended; if necessary, fold the batter together with a rubber spatula.

  • Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake until the cake springs back when pressed lightly, about 16 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan.

  • Run a knife around the edge and slide the cake with its paper onto a work surface. Spread the coconut filling evenly over the cake. Roll the cake from one of the short ends, pulling it away from the parchment into a tight cylinder; transfer to a platter. Cool completely and dust with the confectioners' sugar or cocoa.

  • Photograph by Ellie Miller

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