Stump on a Log Chocolate Cake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Chocolate lovers, this one's for you! Mmmm..... A chocolate cake made jelly roll fashion, with yummy chocolate cheesecake filling and covered with a delicious mocha frosting. You could even use Nutella in place of the melted chocolate chips or for the frosting. Yum! Dress this log up with maraschino cherries and Candied Mint Leaves for a Yule Log Cake during the holidays or for a scout or camping theme, try Chef #182010's Meringue Mushrooms.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. MOCHA FROSTING: Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and then slowly add milk, (adding more if necessary). Mix until well blended to a smooth consistency. Refrigerate til needed.
  2. CHEESECAKE FILLING: Place chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred. Set aside.
  3. Beat cream cheese, sugar and butter in large bowl on medium speed of mixer until creamy. Gradually add melted chips, beating on low speed until blended. Fold in whipped topping until blended. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. CAKE: Preheat oven to 350°F Line the bottom of a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  6. In large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until thick and creamy, about 4 minutes. Beat in flour mixture and melted butter. Spread in prepared pan and bake 10-14 minutes or until done.
  7. Sprinkle a clean kitchen towel generously with confectioners sugar. Immediately invert cake onto towel. Gently peel off parchment paper. Roll warm cake from the long end with towel inside. Place seam side down on wire rack to cool.
  8. Unroll cake. Stir cheesecake filling and spread onto cake within 1/2" of edges. Roll back up using the towel to help guide a good seal (like making sushi with a bamboo sheet). Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour, seam side down.
  9. ASSEMBLY: Cut of 1/4" of each end. Cut off 1/3 of an end of the cake on the diagonal. Place the longer piece onto the platter you will be serving on. Place the short end on the side of the long piece to resemble a log with a thick branch sticking out.
  10. Stir frosting to get it creamy again as this will make it easier to frost the cake. Spread frosting all over the cake with frosting except the ends. Using the tines of a fork, create the bark of the tree. Keep cake refrigerated.
Most Helpful

This was actually easier than it looked! I've never made a jelly cake before so was kinda worried about the assembly. There's just no way that this is bad! Chocolate cake, cheesecake filling, anything mocha! I toned down the icing sugar a little and used milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet, but otherwise left everything the same. Just yum!!!

Sam #3 November 25, 2008

Finally got around to making this chocoholic's OUTSTANDING FIX (& I really like the idea of using it as a Yule Log)! However, since I do not like the taste of coffee, I could not, in good conscience, use the instant powder! Am definitely making this one again & again ~ LOVE YOUR CHOCOLATE STUMP! Thanks for sharing it! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe cooking game]

Sydney Mike May 07, 2008