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Chocolate Chestnut Log (Roulade) for Christmas

Chocolate Chestnut Log (Roulade) for Christmas or any other occasion.

Sweet, moist and rich, this chocolate chestnut log is made with only five ingredients and is naturally gluten-free. It has a creamy chestnut filling and is just perfect for Christmas or any other festive occasion.

A chocolate log blog without a chocolate log recipe? With the Christmas season in full swing, pressure has been mounting to correct this omission. What to bake? Actually, it wasn’t that difficult, a recipe I’ve been wanting to try has been lurking in my pile of dusty magazines & cuttings since 2005 – better late than never! It’s a chocolate chestnut roulade from I’m no longer sure where.

Chocolate Chestnut Roulade

The sponge is quite thick, so it cracks when it rolls. The first time I did this, I was a bit aghast. But now I actually like the fissures in the finished article because they make it look just like a log. In fact it reminds me of a pine log with deeply ridged bark. Even though this chocolate chestnut log is meant to look rustic, it’s still a good idea to trim the sides off the sponge after it’s been rolled up so that the ends don’t look too ragged. Call it cook’s perks.

Chocolate Chestnut Log (Roulade) for Christmas or any other occasion.

The sponge has plenty of body despite being mainly eggs. It almost has a brownie consistency, sweet, moist and dense yet somehow light at the same time. This makes the perfect foil for the cream and chestnut filling, which offsets the sweetness of the sponge and has a contrasting texture and creaminess which creates a divine whole. Oh hell, forget complex analysis, it’s just truly scrumptious.

CT’s strength must be returning for he managed to hack two chunks off for us to try. He even managed to whip the cream and whisk the eggs, so he deserved his extra large slice. There would be no shame in presenting this chocolate chestnut roulade as a centre piece for a Christmas tea or as pudding for a special dinner. Or like us, no special occasion required.

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Chocolate Chestnut Log – The Recipe

Chocolate Chestnut Log (Roulade) for Christmas or any other occasion.
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Chocolate Chestnut Log (Roulade)

This roulade makes an excellent chocolate log for Christmas. Delicious rich flourless sponge filled with cream and chestnut puree, so it's also naturally gluten-free.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British, French
Keyword: cake, chestnuts, chilli chocolate, Christmas, roulade
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 480kcal



  • 150 g dark chocolate – chopped (I used Green & Black’s 72% cook’s chocolate)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 175 g golden caster sugar

Chestnut Cream Filling

  • 200 ml double cream
  • 4 heaped tbsp sweetened chestnut puree



  • Line a 33 x 23 cm swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  • Set the oven to 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot, but not boiling water. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.
  • Separate the eggs and whisk the whites until stiff. This can be done by hand, but is easier with electric beaters or a stand mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the yolks with the sugar until pale and custard like. Again this is easier if done with electric beaters.
  • Whisk in the melted chocolate.
  • Fold in the egg whites one third at a time using a large metal spoon.
  • Scrape the mixture into the tin and level it out with the back of the spoon or a palate knife. Bake for 25 mins or until the cake is well risen, lightly browned and spongy to the touch.
  • Leave to cool slightly then turn out onto a piece of parchment paper dusted with caster sugar. Remove the backing paper and leave to cool completely whilst making the filling.

Chestnut Cream Filling

  • Whip the cream until soft peaks form.
  • Carefully stir in the chestnut puree until the mixture is just combined.
  • Spread this onto the cooled sponge.
  • Roll the whole thing up, then trim the ends so they don't look too ragged.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 553IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg


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  1. Kath

    19th December 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Yum, yum, very pleased to see this addition to your blog. I think the cracks definitely add to its log-like appearance.

  2. Giles

    19th December 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Choclette, it looks amazing 😀 Very festive and I bet it tastes great too!!

    I might have to resurface my Chocolate Roulade as a festive treat now too 🙂

  3. Suelle

    19th December 2009 at 7:08 pm

    This looks delicious. Never mind the cracks – even Delia Smith gets cracks in her chocolate roulade!

  4. Chele

    19th December 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make a chocolate log but always been a bit scared – you may just have inspired me to give this one a try ;0)

  5. Foodycat

    19th December 2009 at 9:04 pm

    It sounds gorgeous even if the rollilng was tricky! My mum used to make a divine chocolate chestnut torte, which I suspect is easier to accomplish.

  6. Lucie

    20th December 2009 at 10:45 am

    WOW! this is wonderful. It genuinely looks like a log. I would love to make a roulade, but I fear I would be out of my depth 🙂 Well done. Happy Christmas to you and thanks for all your messages on my blog. Lucie X

  7. The Caked Crusader

    20th December 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Wow – that’s more a trunk than a log! Love the size of it!!!
    Looks great – you had me at “brownie consistency”

  8. Helen T

    20th December 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Love the sound of this, chocolate and chestnut puree is such a winning combination. I like the cracked appearance, really looks like a log. Also love that it looks that gorgeous and tasty, and it’s wheat free.

  9. VegBoxBoy

    21st December 2009 at 8:04 am

    I like the sound of brownie consistency sponge. The Hairy Bakers made yule logs on the telly at the weekend – the bigger one’s looked just like yours – it must be the way they are meant to be!

    Merry Christmas.

  10. Bea

    21st December 2009 at 8:35 am

    This looks very delicious and mouthwatering.

  11. mangocheeks

    21st December 2009 at 4:19 pm

    It is really a good looking log, edible too. I love the fact you took the picure out in the garden, capturing the winter season too. OOh your so brave.

    Glad to read that CT is recovering, anything to help him along, even if it an extra slice of Chocolate.

  12. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

    13th September 2010 at 6:49 am

    That is just gorgeous!

  13. Chloe Edges

    29th February 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Looks absolutely gorgeous! Strangely tile kids aren’t really post of my Christmas tradition but they really really should be!


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