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Christmas Chocolate Roulade Recipe By Simon Delaney

There’s always room for dessert. It’s one of the many mantras I live my life by. Whether you’ve pushed your way through an entire three-course meal or just fancy swinging by a diner for a cup of joe and a slice of something sweet, there’s always room.

Serves 8


175g dark chocolate

6 eggs, separated

175g caster sugar

2 tbsp cocoa powder

300ml double cream

Icing sugar (to dust)

Cranberries to garnish (optional)


Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F, Gas Mark 4). Lightly grease a 13in x 9in tin, then line the base with greaseproof paper. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Then let it cool. Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks.

In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar together until they’re thick and creamy. Pour the cooled chocolate in and gently fold together until well combined. Stir 2 spoonfuls of the egg-white mixture into the chocolate mixture, to loosen the mixture. Then, fold in the remaining egg white mix.

Sift the cocoa powder in, and fold it in. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, making sure the mixture is level. Pop into the oven, and bake for around 20-25 minutes, until risen, and slightly firm to touch. Remove from the oven, and let the sponge cool in the baking tray.

Whip your cream, then turn the roulade out onto a sheet of greaseproof paper. Spread the cream mixture onto the roulade and roll into a sponge shape. The sponge will crack, so don’t worry! Dust with icing sugar, and decorate with some cranberries or Christmas cake decorations for a festive dessert that all of the family will enjoy.


Recipe By Simon Delaney
Actor, Director, TV Presenter, Husband, Father of four boys, Man Utd. fan AND cookbook author.
Simon has always been a fan of cooking and this was put to the test on TV3’s Celebrity Masterchef, when he reached the series final in 2016. Little did he know the path he started on…
As an actor, life on the road has given Simon a taste for trying new dishes everywhere he went. It wasn’t until he worked in New York City on hit TV shows like The Good Wife and films such as Delivery Man that he fell in love with classic American diner food. He successfully launching SIMPLY SIMON’S – THE DINER COOKBOOK, his love letter to his favourite diner dishes, in October 2017. Since then Simon has cooked across the country. He brought that signature NYC Dinner Style to a host of food festivals, including Taste Of Dublin, Taste of Cavan, Savour Kilkenny and hosted a number of Supper Clubs at venues such as Lizzy’s Little Kitchen, Listowel, Co. Kerry and most recently at Skinny Batch Deli in Lusk, Co.Dublin.
Simon is now a regular face on Virgin Media One, as he co-hosts the weekend installment of Ireland AM for over 4 years alongside Anna Daly, Aidan Power And Laura Woods. Simon spent the summer treading the boards in The Snapper at The Gate Theatre. This Christmas, however, he will be working behind the scenes as he directs this year’s Olympia Panto “Cinderella – The Story Of Cinders & Her Fella”.
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