The other night when I was making the Almond Paste for the Christmas cake, I had two egg yolks which I wanted to use.  I decided that the best way to use them was to make a custard cream.  However, I still wanted to make a lovely Espresso Coconut Roulade I saw a few days ago at Heni’s blog but unfortunately there were no eggs in that recipe.    I had already bought the biscuits and coconut and was still determined to make the roulade with a few tweaks on my part.  Heni’s roulade is much prettier but still it tasted great.

I had a small difficulty when I had to roll it as the custard cream was too much and began coming out of the side.  I quickly reacted and got a loaf tin where I placed it in and left it overnight to set.

The following day I turned it over in a platter and it looked perfect.  I made a quick ganache and sprinkled the coconut on top.  The flowers on top are edible and came all the way from Cyprus.  These were intended for my Christmas Cake decoration but I still have a lot left for the Christmas Cake.

Do you like the tablecloth in the picture?  I embroided it and also made the lace 25 years ago when I was pregnant my second son and was confined to bed all day, as I had some problems with the pregnancy.  I didn’t like it and never used it before but today when I was taking out my other Christmas tablecloths I saw it and I realized that it would be perfect for Christmas.

I have just finished the Christmas Cake which I decorated with more edible decorations.



For the crust:

  • 3 Amaretti Wafers x 70 grams (2.5 oz) each
  • 3 Chocolate Wafer x 50 grams (1.75 oz) each
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup almonds


For the filling:

Custard Cream:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Butter Cream:

  • 150 grams (5.30 oz) butter
  • 5 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut

Basic Ganache:

  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) couverture chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup half-half cream


  1. Start with the pastry cream as it will need some time to cool.
  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan.
  3. In another saucepan add the yolks, cornstarch and sugar and whisk.  If you cannot mix it, add a tablespoon of cold milk and mix it.  Add the hot milk whisking continuously until the cream sets.  Add the vanilla essence, mix and set aside to cool.
  4. In a food processor add the wafers, a few at a time and powder.  Empty them in a big bowl.
  5. Do the same with the almonds but do not powder completely.  Add to the bowl.  Add the coconut and set aside.
  6. Prepare the Buttercream.  Add the butter, sugar and vanilla in the mixer bowl and whisk until white and fluffy.  Stop the mixer and scrape down the butter a few times, if necessary.  When the custard cream has cooled start adding it to the butter cream until it is incorporated.  Mix in the coconut and set aside.
  7. In the same saucepan where the custard was, add one egg, 30 grams (1.05 oz) butter and the half-half cream and whisk on low heat.  As soon as the butter has melted remove from the heat and start mixing in the wafers with all the other ingredients to make a thick paste.  Finally add the espresso liqueur and mix.
  8. Cut two pieces of cling film about 40 cm each and join together.  Spread the crust which should be about 1 cm thick and on top add the cream.  Lift the edge of the cling film and roll into a roulade, leaving the cling film outside of course.  Place in a loaf pan and refrigerate until the cream has set.
  9. In a double boiler add the couverture, butter and cream simultaneously and on low heat mix until the chocolate melts.
  10. Spread over the roulade and sprinkle some coconut on top.  Decorate with edible candy or spoon sweets (fruit preserves).
  11. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


This recipe goes to Cinzia of Cindystar, for her event Baking under the Christmas Tree.

You can find many Greek recipes in my cookbooks «More Than A Greek Salad», and«Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!» both available on all Amazon stores. Read more here.


Other similar recipes:

Lactose free Oranage Roulade

Kormos me Amygdala (Almond Roulade)

Elioti (Savory Olive Roulande)

Orange and Lemon Roulades

Kormos (Yule Log Dessert)

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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22 Comments on Christmas Chocolate Wafer Coconut Roulade

  1. Sylvia says:

    Sounds delicious, Ivy. Very Christmas

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  3. chapot says:

    It's so wonderfull, and I can imagine the taste !!!

  4. Ivy, I had some similar problem with ID comment system, that's why I deleted it and back to the default blogger comment form.
    The cake looks so lovely with 3 orange red flowers.

  5. Erica says:

    This look beautiful and sounds fantastic!!!!

  6. Rosa says:

    A gorgeous roulade! It must taste divine!



  7. Azita says:

    looks very delicious, love the edible decorations! Happy holidays.

  8. Wow, Ivy! This looks really delicious! :) I love the tablecloth!!!

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  11. I can imagine eating this with my coffee any time of the day.
    Looks beautiful and so so yumm.

  12. Οοοοh, I am drooling. What a lovely combination of flavours and lovely presentation. Love your tablecloth. I wish I knew how to embroid.

  13. BenHerrera says:

    Oh I think it looks gorgeous :) These are the kinds of cakes I like for Christmas, they make me feel fuzzy and warm inside (it might just be the calories, though, LOL)

  14. Bren says:

    this is stunning and something that simply wouldn't last a day in my kitchen!

  15. Reeni says:

    Your tablecloth is gorgeous Ivy! And so is this roulade. It's a beautiful dessert for the holiday table!

  16. 5starfoodie says:

    Gorgeous roulade! I love the flowers, so pretty!

  17. alison says:

    such a beutiful roulade,with so delicate flowers!

  18. lissie says:

    you are really in the Christmas mood, Ivy… :) what a beautiful and yummy roulade…!

  19. Peter says:

    Christmas is upon us, your Yule log looks fab and I wish I was there to sample it.

  20. Soma says:

    Bring it on! Bring it on! The merry pretty things :-) Very beautiful!

  21. elly says:

    I am drooling over this one for sure! Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combos and how could anyone not LOVE custard and pastry creams? Yum, looks so decadent and delicious!

  22. Prachi says:

    This Christmas Chocolate Wafer Coconut Roulade is looking delicious. It sounds so interesting. I will try out this yummy recipe. Thanks for the share.

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