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Rolo Cake Topped with Gooey Snowballs

Let me paint the scene! A get together of good friends, their partners/husbands and children. The promise to bring a cake. The need to try something new and exciting. I know who I turn to first, dah, dah, dah - The Caked Crusader!

And was I disappointed? Heck, no! I was spoilt for choice, as I knew I would be. I decided chocolate was the way to go and I wanted something pretty spectacular, so I plumped for The Caked Crusader's Rolo Cake. It is a moist chocolate cake, with rolos baked into the cake, smothered in chocolate frosting, topped with more rolos and gooey Tunnock's Snowballs or on The Caked Crusader's cake, hedgehogs. Yes, I did say hedgehogs!

I am posting the recipe in cup measures, but if you want it in metric and you do want this cake, believe me, then head over and have a look at The Caked Crusader's original cake. You will soon be drooling over all the gorgeous photos!

Rolo Cake


For the cake:

200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1⁄3 cup caster sugar
4 large eggs
1 ½ cup self raising flour
2⁄3 cup cocoa powder
100g Rolos, halved

For the buttercream:

1 cup icing sugar
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder

To decorate: I used Tunnock's Snowballs and a few more rolos, but The Caked Crusader recommends crushed Flake, chocolate vermicelli, chocolate caramel curls or whatever takes your fancy!



Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

Line a 20cm springform round tin with baking paper.

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add the eggs a little at a time and add some of the flour if the mixture starts to curdle.

Gently stir in the flour and cocoa, before stirring in the rolos.

Spoon into the prepared cake tin and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly. The cake will settle on cooling but this is because it’s so rich and squidgy.

Leave to cool in the tin, on a wire rack.

Buttercream Frosting

When cool make the buttercream: cream together the icing sugar and butter until smooth. (don't have baby head like me and throw the icing sugar and butter into the bowl together and then try to blend or you and the kitchen will be covered in a thin layer of white powder. No, please think this through and blend the butter first, until soft and creamy and then add the icing sugar a little at a time)

Beat in the vanilla extract and cocoa powder.

If the mix is a bit solid, add a dash of milk to soften and slacken.

Spread over the cake and decorate as required .

And... this is how it looked after it had been plundered! Look at all that gooey mallow oozing across the top of the cake. Mmmmmm, sugar high!

And now for some shots of how the professional does it.

Doesn't that just look fabulous? And aren't those hedgehogs so cute? And look, smooth buttercream frosting. I bet that kitchen didn't experience a snow storm of icing.

Thank you so much for continuing to make my day, every day I visit your blog CC. You are a baking superhero!


  1. The hedgehog is so cute, glad its not the real thing!

    And that rolo cake, I can see it disappearing before my eyes, if I could I would sneak in, nick it and then hide in a corner quietly while I dig in with a big spoon. Yum. Yes I can be greedy too.

  2. Chocolate cake AND rolo's!!! What a combo. Gotta make this cake soon.

  3. Hi Mangocheeks, I think I would have trouble biting into one of those hedgehogs. Way too cute!

    Beware the icing sugar then Chele :)

  4. Got to make this!! Wow - I'd be in heaven. On a diet though!

  5. Got to make this!! Wow - I'd be in heaven. On a diet though!

  6. Thanks Wendy :)

    Hi Beth, You will just have to wait for a special occasion :)

  7. Rollo's on a cake...brilliant idea!

  8. Thanks Fleur :)

    It was a great idea indeed TB, although I can't take credit for it.

  9. What fun!

    And I love the snowballs! In fact, I love the whole thing. Far too good to waste on children... ;)

  10. So glad you enjoyed it - it's what it's all about! Like the idea of "Tunnocks-ing up" the cake - it needed more chocolate!!!

    And kitchen does occasionally see icing sugar snow storms...followed by bad language!

  11. Thanks Spaghetti :)

    How did you know about the bad language CC?
    Thanks again for the recipe :)

  12. OMG Jacqueline this is something for me to dream about for the rest of the day......

  13. This looks ridiculously good!! I was sold on the snowballs alone! I love them, this is just fab :P

  14. That cakes looks positively scrumptious! All chocolatey and moist, yum!

  15. Jacqueline, your cake looks gorgeous...I'd love to have a bite of it :-)

  16. You had me at Rolo cake. OMG, brilliant!

  17. That's such a fun cake. There are so many levels of textures and flavors.

  18. thats a very interesting theme for the event. I have a question, If I post all the variations (vegetarian, eggitarian and meat) of a same dish in a single post, would you consider the entry. I want to know because you have mentined to post something vegetarian. thanks in advance

  19. I'm loving the look and sound of this one.... and happen to have rolos in my kitchen cupboard! I'm so making this one!

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  21. oh when I see you baking with rolos I think maybe I live in the very uncouth colonies because can you believe we don't have rolos - yet I am still scheming about how I can make this cake - love your snowballs on top - very cute - little cooper will be loving them cake before long

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  23. To paraphrase Renee Zellweger...
    "You had me at rolo"

  24. My goodness, what a chocolate cake. I love the thought of the toffee amongst the chocolate. This is such a great cake to have with kids around - and me around too come to think of it.

  25. Thanks Ladybird :)

    If only there was any left Juliana :)

    Hi Katerina, That was the Caked Crusader's idea and such a goo one.

    And so many calories Duo and I just don't care, he he!

    Hi Sayantani, you could enter, if you post the vegetarian part of the recipe, with a photo.

    Go for it Ruth, don't think twice :)

    Thank you Two Vegan Boys :)

    No Rolos! That is a sad state of affairs Johanna. If you have a notion for some, let me know and I will ssend you some :)

    Thanks for the lovely comments Eric, but as to the advertising and marketing, I am not really interested. It is not for me.

    Yep, rolos have that kind of appeal Alex. Can you believe that I offered Graham my last rolo, the last time I had them and he turned me down. Romance is dead!

    It is a gorgeously moist and yummy cake, even without the toppings Choclette :)

  26. What an irresistible cake!! Love that rolos are baked into it.

  27. Finally, I am set to make this cake tomorrow - it sometimes takes me a while to get around to things ;-) A friend has asked me to make a cake for her daughters 3rd birthday and this was the one that immediately sprang to mind. I'll be using CCs recipe as I don't do cups, but it was your inspiration - I have never forgotten your rolo cake.

  28. I know you will enjoy it Choclette and it has real impact when it is cut into :)


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