Eggnog Cake Roll with Dried Cranberries

December’s Improv Cooking Challenge (ICC) ingredients eggnog and cranberries kind of put me in a tail spin.  OK maybe it was just the eggnog.  Eggnog is not something I normally drink, bake with or keep around.  To be honest, before this baking challenge I don’t know if I had ever had eggnog.

I did some research.  I looked at recipes.  I brainstormed.  I was talking to my Mom about this eggnog dilemma and I had a fun idea.  I enjoyed the Pumpkin Roll process, why not make another cake roll.  I found this recipe and made a few changes to fit my ICC goal.

J and I had some good family friends over for supper one weekend.  A perfect opportunity to get another opinion on this Eggnog Cake Roll with Dried Cranberries creation.  These friends know gourmet food and would be honest about this dessert.  J was very skeptical and a little scared.

 

Ingredients

Cake:

4 Eggs, separated

½ C Sugar and ¼ C Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3/4 C sifted All-Purpose Flour

3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Confectioners’ Sugar

Filling:

4 teaspoons Cornstarch

1-1/2 C Eggnog

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Dried Cranberries – to your preference

Walnuts – to your preference

Directions

Preheat oven to 375*

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside.

Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar and set aside.

For Cake:

In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored, about 3 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup of sugar; beat 2 minutes.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix well.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; gradually add remaining ¼ C. sugar, beating until soft peaks form.

Fold into yolk mixture

Combine cake flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Fold into egg mixture until no flour streaks remaining.

Spread batter evenly in a greased and floured 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.

Bake 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Turn out onto a linen towel dusted with 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar. Roll cake up in towel, starting with a short end. Cool on wire rack.

For Filling:

Combine cornstarch and a small amount of eggnog in a saucepan; mix until smooth.

Stir in remaining eggnog; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Cook and stir 2 minutes more.

Remove from heat; stir in remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla.

Cool.

Unroll cake; spread with filling.

Sprinkle with dried cranberries; roll up again.

Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least one hour.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving. 

May be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before cutting.

As you can see my dessert is pretty.  It is tasty too!  Our friends gave the suggestion of soaking the dried cranberries in rum to plump them and enhance the eggnog flavor.  I think toasting the walnuts would also be a nice addition.

I hope you try this cake roll as it will make a beautiful and delicious additon to your Holiday table.

Linking up with the the Improv Cooking Challenge at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

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18 Responses to Eggnog Cake Roll with Dried Cranberries

  1. paige says:

    I’ve never made a cake roll but this ones looks great! I’m #2 in the challenge, I hope you’ll stop by and visit :)
    http://thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com/2011/12/eggnog-cranberry-pound-cake.html

    • Robyn says:

      Paige
      Thank You for stopping at my blog!
      I checked out your post. It’s always nice to have an easy and elegant recipe on hand. Your cake looks lovely!

  2. I’m with you – not a fan of eggnog, but your recipe looks delicious! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try making a roll – but maybe someday I can do it :)

  3. Hello fellow ICC blogger. That looks so yummy. Great way to use the ingredients. Come visit and check out our cookie. Also be sure to register to win the wonderful book we are giving away. Today is the last day. Look for the Southern Fried Women post.

  4. Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    What a great idea! It looks so beautiful sliced up like that too. I’m glad you got to try something new – eggnog isn’t for everyone, but it’s so versatile in baking and adds such a subtle flavor.

  5. Melody♪♫ says:

    Gorgeousness!
    That filling sounds quite delish. Your cake roll would grace my Christmas desert table, but no one else in my family likes eggnog flavor. :(

  6. Candy C. says:

    I’m not an eggnog person either but I made some eggnog almond muffins and took them to sell at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday and they were the first thing to sell out! Go figure!
    Your cake roll is absolutely lovely and I like the plate too! :)

    • Robyn says:

      Candy

      I had extra eggnog after making the cake roll. I too, made some muffins. I will post it on Tuesday. Hope you post your muffin recipe.

      The plate is the “Winterberry” collection. I love dishes; it’s genetic on my Mom’s side. I found a small “starter” set at the second hand store a few years ago … and my collection has grown since!

  7. kyleen says:

    I’ve never tried eggnog either, but I want to after seeing this delish cake roll!

    • Robyn says:

      Kyleen

      If you like cream or eggs and nutmeg you might want to try eggnog. I don’t mind the flavor; I really like the spice.

      I also made muffins and will be posting next Tuesday. I really like them!

  8. Ann says:

    A cake roll! What a creative entry! Not only that – it looks amazing!

  9. Little Mommy says:

    This looks so good! I love cake rolls – your pics are great!

  10. It is very pretty, and it looks delicious! Great idea!

  11. Kristen says:

    There is just something about a rolled up dessert that makes me want to dive right in. That cake roll sounds fantastic and it’s so pretty, too.

  12. I love how cake rolls are such a great holiday food. lovely for the challenge

    • Robyn says:

      Thank You Nicole. I enjoyed your “About Me” page. I am not much for swimming or the cold either. Funny thing I live in South Dakota! Some years we have 9 months with snow.

  13. Cathy says:

    I’m finally getting around to checking out some of these recipes and I’m really sorry I didn’t click on this right away. Wow–the cake roll looks fabulous! I’m definitely bookmarking this…..

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