Little Debbie ain’t got nothin’ on this! {Recipe}

Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls take me back to a time when life was simpler.  When all I was worried about was how high I could tease my bangs, if I had enough hairspray to sustain their height, enough money to purchase my next container of frosting (yes, I used to buy it and eat it with a spoon), and how I could hide a box of my favorites – Swiss Cake Rolls in my room without my parents, or bugs, finding them.  I’d even try to hide them in the freezer and then eat them frozen, but that required strategic planning and self control.

When I saw this recipe for a BIG Swiss Cake Roll from Cooking by Moonlight, I about dropped my current can of frosting (confession: yes, I love homemade, but sometimes a girl just wants canned on occasion).   Thankfully, I didn’t drop it, thankfully.  Are you as excited as I am right now?

Swiss Cake Roll Recipe

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Chocolate Jelly-Roll Cake) Recipe

yields 1 1/2 sheet pan sponge cake
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/3 cup cake flour
1/4 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. instant coffee
4 eggs, yolks and whites in separate bowls
1/2 cup sugar

1) Line a half-sheet pan first with cooking spray or vegetable shortening then with parchment paper across the bottom of the pan.  The cake sticks very easy so it is important to make sure the sheet is lined properly or you will end up with a torn cake.

2) Pre-heat the oven to 425 degree.

3) Sift together the dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, salt, baking powder, and coffee) and place in a small bowl to the side.

4) In a mixer with the whisk attachment whip the egg whites until they are at soft peaks.  This is also sometimes referred to as wet peaks.  You will know they are ready when you remove the whisk and the egg whites form a Dairy Queen ice cream cone like curl.  If they fall quickly and don’t create the curl keep going… if they stand straight up in the air… I’m sorry… start over 🙁

5) In a small mixing bowl mix the egg yolks and sugar together until they become pale yellow.  Add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture.  The batter will be stiff – don’t worry it should be.

6) Mix in half the egg white mixture until completely incorporated and the batter becomes easier to work with.  Finally fold in the last half of the egg whites.  Don’t over-stir the second half.

7) Pour onto the greased and parchment paper lined pan.  Use a spatula to spread the batter evenly so you do not end up with a big cake on one side and a cracker like cake on the other.  Because the egg whites were whipped it is important *not* to bang the pan in order to get the batter to settle.  Simply use a spatula to spread. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the cake is sponge-y to the touch.

8) Remove cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for a few minutes.  Tip the cake over, remove the cake, pull off the parchment paper, and roll up into a tea towel to cool.  This gives the cake form memory and will keep it from cracking after you have filled it with icing and roll it up.  Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes.

9) After the cake has cooled spread the Little Debbie Creme Filling (recipe below) evenly across the entire cake.  Roll the cake up (remove the towel!!) like the pictures above.

10) Place the cake on a wire cooling rack set on top of the half sheet pan.  Pour the chocolate ganache glaze over the top of the cake and allow to cool.  If you are a big chocolate lover thten after the first layer of glaze has cooled go ahead and pour another on top for a thicker layer of icing.

Slice the cake to serve and pretend you are back in the 5th grade with the best lunch box treat there ever was! 🙂

Little Debbie Creme Filling Recipe

yields 1 batch
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 small (8oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
1 cup powdered sugar

1) Whip together the butter, shortening, creme, vanilla, and salt.  Slowly add the sugar.  If you are in a humid climate you may need to add up to an extra 1/4 cup powdered sugar to get the right texture.

Chocolate Ganache Glaze Recipe

yields 1 batch
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz (about 2/3 cup) dark or milk chocolate roughly chopped (or chocolate chips)

1) Heat the cream over medium heat until it begins to simmer.  Quickly remove from heat and pour in the chocolate.  Stir with a whisk until all chocolate has melted.

Like what you see?  Show her some sugar…



  • November 5, 2012


    Seriously, we could be long lost sisters. I still hide Swiss Cake Rolls from the family. And frosting, I make sure to make a double batch of frosting and hide half in the fridge. I am so going to make it this week!

  • November 16, 2012

    Connie Weiss

    Oh my gosh! That looks fantastic!