Photos: Vic Chin, Video: Vic Chin and Peter Ruocco
Jelly rolls are classic desserts that look nice but frankly taste boring. But if you make a chocolate cake and substitute ice cream for the jam, you have a must-eat dessert. Call it by its French name “roulade”, serve with caramel sauce, and your friends and family will be over-the-top impressed. The cake has the texture of the cookie on ice cream sandwiches that we all enjoyed as kids...and still do as adults.
Feel free to use this chocolate cake recipe with any of your favorite ice cream flavors. Serving it with caramel sauce makes the ultimate flavor-trifecta of vanilla, chocolate and caramel.
To make spreading the ice cream on the cake easier, put it, straight from the freezer, into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low speed with the paddle attachment. You can also let it sit out at room temperature for a few minutes before putting it into a bowl and mixing it with a wooden spoon to make it spreadable but still frozen. I don’t recommend the microwave as it can become a melted mess before you know it.