Saturday, April 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Kit! :: Chocolate Roll Cake

"You are so lucky, Kit," sighed Ruthie. "This is a wonderful party." The sun had set. The yard was lit with lanterns Aunt Millie had saved from a trash pile and repaired. The lanterns had candles inside them, and they swayed in the soft evening breeze so that their light danced across the grass. Kit, Ruthie, and Sterling were sitting together eating the chocolate roll cake Aunt Millie had made…" Happy Birthday, Kit!

Chiquita turned ten years old last Monday! Of course, that meant we would have to have another American Girl themed birthday party... After all, all the historical doll book series found on my girls' bookshelves include stories about the various girls turning ten!  In the past we've celebrated birthdays with Kirsten, Josefina, and Caroline. This year, after receiving Ruthie for Christmas, Chiquita asked for a Kit Kittredge birthday! 

I didn't have much time to plan or prepare for this birthday, but it all came together! Instead of the traditional Chocolate Roll Cake mentioned in Happy Birthday, Kit! and included in Kit's Birthday Set, I opted to create a "cake" using Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, chocolate pudding and whip cream. Everyone LOVED the cake! (I'm still on the AIP diet - today is day 53!! - so I had to just take their word for it…) My husband said it is right up there at the top of the list of favorites with my (extremely time consuming!) Tiramisu. I'll definitely be making it again. It only took about 20 minutes to assemble and was able to chill in the fridge while I finished preparing the rest of the party games and decorations! 

Kit Kittredge's Chocolate Roll Cake
(adapted from Taste of Home's Chocolate Swirl Delight


  • 1-1/2 boxes (12 cakes per box) Swiss Rolls, unwrapped
  • 2-3/4 cups Milk, cold
  • 2 packages (3.9 ounces each) Instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding Mix
  • 2 cups Cool Whip (I used one 8 ounce container)
  • Fresh Strawberries, optional


Cut each cake roll into six slices; set aside any chocolate coating that separates from rolls for garnish.

Line a 9-in. springform pan with cake slices, completely covering the bottom and sides.

In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick).

Pour over cake.

Spread with spatula.

Top pudding with Cool Whip, or other whipped topping.

Sprinkle with any reserved chocolate coating.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before removing from the springform pan and serving.

Garnish or serve with strawberries, if desired.

I'll be back with pictures from the rest of the party sometime soon. In the meantime you can find additional cake recipes at the bottom of this page. You can also check out some of our past American Girl Unit Studies and Birthday Parties here: