This is a good chocolate roll. It is very similar to the recipe I use. I only bake mine for 15 minutes. When it is cooled completely, I fill it with a buttercream icing....re-roll it and dust with powdered sugar; then chill it for a couple of hours for easier slicing. An electric knife works great for slicing.
I just made this today, and it turned out perfect!! I did have to adjust the baking time to about 15 minutes, of course all ovens are different, so i would suggest to others to check with a toothpick at 15 minutes. I left the cocoa out (we just had chocolate cake last week) and I added 2 tsp of vanilla. I filled with a cream cheese/whipped cream filling. Although it was very easy, it is a very impressive looking dessert! I love how it can be changed into so many different combinations according to fillings. Thank you grandma2969, I'm sure this will be a recipe that I will have to share with many friends!
Sadly, I made two rolls that came out pale in color, unlike the beautiful dark photo shown. I then switched to a darker cocoa powder and the third roll still turned out too pale. So frustrating.