8ozcream cheese or mascarpone, softened at room temp
1cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2cupsheavy cream, chilled
2cupschopped fresh figs
1/2cupwhite granulated sugar
1/3cupchocolate liqueur, or coffee
chocolate bar, for garnish
Fresh figs, for garnish
For Chocolate Sponge Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large, jelly roll pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat; do not grease the sides.
In a stand mixer bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Whisk on high speed for 7 to 8 minutes, until eggs are thick, voluminous and pale in color. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl: flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Sift the dry ingredients into the eggs in small increments, folding gently but thoroughly after each addition.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread the batter evenly. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 19 to 21 minutes, until the cake springs back when tapped lightly on top.
Roll the cake immediately after done baking! Remove cake and run a knife along the edge to release the cake from the sides. Lay a clean tea towel over the cake, invert a wire rack on top, then carefully turn the cake upside down onto the work surface. Lift off the pan off, then remove the parchment paper or silicone mat. Sprinkle the cake lightly with confectioner's sugar, then roll the cake into a roll along with the tea towel. Allow the cake to cool completely.
For Fresh Fig Jam:
While cake is baking and cooling, prepare the fig jam. Place the chopped figs, sugar and water into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until a thick jam forms. Remove the jam and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled, add the chocolate liqueur and stir to combine.
For Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting:
For the frosting: melt the chocolate chips in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the softened cheese, cocoa powder and vanilla. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the chilled cream and confectioner's sugar for 4 to 5 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Add the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream. Mix just until the chocolate and cream are combined, about 30 seconds. Do not overmix!
Assembling the Cake:
To assemble the cake, gently unroll the sponge cake. Use a large spoon to spread the fig jam over the entire cake surface, reaching to the edges. Next, spread a generous amount of the chocolate frosting over the cake, spreading to the edges. Gently roll the cake back up the same way it was shaped originally. Use the tea towel to help roll it back up and onto a long, rectangle platter.
Use a spatula to frost the outside of the cake along the top and ends. Garnish the top with sliced figs, shaved chocolate (use a peeler for this), and/or dollops of cream (I used Ateco tip #847). Refrigerate the cake for a couple hours before serving; or, best if set overnight.