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Drunken Cherry Cake Roll Recipe

This Drunken Cherry Cake Roll is as luscious as it gets. This ultra-rich, sponge cake roll is the perfect dessert to make for your New Year’s party. It is a traditional Russian cake, made with vodka-soaked cherries, cream and rich chocolate.
Course Cake
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 14 Servings
Calories 524kcal

Ingredients

Drunken Cherries

Sponge Cake

Cake Cream

Instructions

Drunken Cherries

  • Drain the cherry juice from cherries. Place the cherries in a container and cover with vodka, leave soaking overnight. Keep juice from the cherries for later.
    cherries soaking in vodka

Sponge Cake

  • Preheat over to 350 °F. In a bowl, combine flour and cacao together.
    Flour and cocoa powder in a bowl
  • Whisk eggs together with sugar until it doubles in volume.
    mixing bowl with cake batter
  • By thirds, using spatula, fold flour into the egg mixture. Be careful not to over-mix the dough. Take 3/4 of the dough and spread it on a lined baking sheet, 10x15 inches. Bake the remainder of the dough any way you want, we'll use it later.
    Mixing bowl with cake batter in it
  • Remove the cake from the oven, place a kitchen towel over the cake. Roll up the shorter side (horizontally), making it into a long roll. Let it cool down to a room temperature. Remove towel and parchment paper.
    cake rolled up in a log

Cake Cream

  • Whip powdered sugar together with 2 cups of heavy whip cream. Make sure that the bowl you're using and the whip cream is very cold, as it will make the cream firm.
    whisked sugar and heat whipping cream in a large mixing bowl
  • The small piece of the cake that you've baked separately, break into crumbs. Drain vodka out of cherries and add it to the cake crumbs.
    Drunken cherries and cake crumbs in a bowl
  • Add in a few large spoonfuls of cream to the mixture and stir to combine together.
    Cream added into a bowl with cake crumbs and drunken cherry mixture
  • Soak the cake with cherry juice. Apply a bit of cream on it.
    Unrolled cake with cherry juice spread on it and cream being spread on top with a cake spatula
  • Spread the cherry and cake mixture on the inside of the cake roll, keeping it in a thick layer, covering just 2/3 of the cake. Carefully roll up the other side, it may crack a bit, but it's totally fine.
    Drunken Cherry mixture being spread inside the unrolled cake
  • Apply the remaining cream to the outside of the cake. Combine chocolate chips together with 1 cup of whipping cream. Microwave until all chocolate is melted, just be sure to stir every few seconds. Let chocolate cool to a room temperature.
    Cream spread all over the cake roll
  • Place chocolate into a ziplock bag, cut a hole in the corner and drizzle the roll with the chocolate.
    Chocolate mixture drizzled on top of the cake roll
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Drunken Cherry Cake Roll on a plate

Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.6mg