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Strawberry Cake Roll

Strawberry Cake Roll is a thin vanilla sponge cake rolled up with strawberry whipped cream cheese filling. It's a light yet satisfying dessert for Valentine's Day!

A straight-on view of a strawberry cake roll on a white serving plate

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Cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S. There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. The National Cancer Institute’s budget for childhood cancer is less than 4%. It’s such a small number and that’s why I got involved.

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A close-up view of a strawberry jelly roll cake with one slice cut off and laying on its side

Since we're showing love for Cookies for Kids Cancer, and it's almost Valentine's Day, I'm sharing a Valentine's Day-inspired strawberry cake roll, aka a jelly roll cake. You can also adapt this tutorial for any holiday!

First, you make a small batch of cake batter and tint it with soft gel food coloring. I prefer Americolor. Use a squeeze bottle or piping bag to draw designs on a piece of parchment. Freeze the parchment, so that when you spread the sponge cake over the designs, they don't smudge.

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, roll it up in a clean kitchen towel dusted with confectioners sugar. This prevents the cake from sticking to the towel.

I used a cream-and-cream cheese frosting flavored with strawberry puree to fill this cake. Why use puree and extract? Because to get a pronounced strawberry flavor with puree alone, the amount needed would make the filling too loose, and it would all drip out of the cake.

An overhead view of a strawberry cake roll, garnished with a fresh strawberry

Any spreadable frosting or filling will work: buttercream, whipped cream, or even softened ice cream! Or, spread a thin layer of jam, then add a layer of ganache.

This is an ideal make-ahead dessert, because it needs a few hours in the fridge to firm up after filling and rolling the cake.

A close-up view of a strawberry cake roll with one slice cut off and laying on its side

Strawberry Cake Roll

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Strawberry Cake Roll is a thin vanilla sponge cake rolled up with strawberry whipped cream cheese filling. It's a light yet satisfying dessert for Valentine's Day!

Ingredients

For the red cake batter:

  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Americolor Super Red gel food coloring

For the cake

  • ⅓ cup cake flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup sugar + 1 tbsp, divided
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar

For the filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • ¼ cup strawberry puree (see notes)
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For garnish (optional)

  • Fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a 10-inch by 15-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  2. Make the red cake batter: with a handheld mixer, whip the egg white and sugar until soft peaks form. Beat in the oil and then fold in flour with a spatula by hand. Add a drop or two of red food coloring at a time, stirring until evenly distributed before adding more, until desired color is reached. Scrape the batter into a heavy-duty zip-top bag and snip a small hole in one corner. Pipe hearts onto the parchment paper and freeze the paper on the pan 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Make the cake roll batter: preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cake flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
  5. Place two large mixing bowls in front of you. Separate two of the eggs. Place the yolks in the first bowl, and the whites in the second. Add the remaining two eggs and the additional yolk to the first bowl. Add ½ cup sugar, and beat vigorously by hand or with a mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick and fluffy, and triples in volume. Beat in the vanilla.
  6. Beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar, and beat until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  7. Sprinkle ½ cup of the flour mixture over the beaten egg yolk mixture. Fold it in, quickly but gently, with a rubber spatula or balloon whisk, until fully incorporated. Repeat with the remaining flour.
  8. Fold in the egg white mixture, quickly but gently.
  9. Retrieve the jelly roll pan from the freezer. Spread the cake roll batter over the frozen hearts, using an angled spatula to gently smooth it into an even layer.
  10. Bake for 7 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and springs back when touched. Place the cake pan on a wire rack.
  11. Run a sharp, thin knife around the edges of the pan.
  12. Dust a clean kitchen towel with confectioners sugar. Lifting one of the long edges of the parchment paper, flip the cake onto the towel. Gently peel off the parchment paper, and sprinkle a thin coating of confectioners sugar over the cake. Place a second kitchen towel over the cake and carefully flip the cake over again, so that the red hearts are on the bottom.
  13. Remove the towel that is now on top. Starting at one of the shorter ends, carefully and gently roll the cake up with the remaining towel. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  14. Make the filling: beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, strawberry puree and strawberry extract. Mix until blended. Slowly add the heavy cream and beat until fluffy. Cover and chill until ready to fill the cake.
  15. Once the cake is cooled, carefully unroll the cake. Spread about ⅔ of the filling mixture over the cake, then reroll. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours.
  16. Trim the ends off the cake. When ready to serve, pipe or dollop the remaining filling along the top of the cake, and garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired. Slice and serve.

Notes

To make ¼ cup strawberry puree, hull and slice 4 ounces (5 to 6 medium fresh or frozen (thawed if frozen) strawberries, and puree with an immersion blender; or puree in a food processor or blender. Press puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 225mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 8g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Adapted from The Cake Bible

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A slice of jelly roll cake on its side on a plate, with the rest of the cake roll in the background

Be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in the Valentine’s Day event and check out their recipes!

Brownie Cups from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Valentine’s Day Delight Recipe from Jennifer of The Rebel Chick
Strawberry Cake Rolls from Coleen of The Redhead Baker
Perfect M&M Cookies from Carlee of Cooking With Carlee
Paleo Almond Butter Cookies from Taryn of Hot Pan Kitchen
Black Tahini Truffles from Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Pink Glitter Drink fo Valentine's Day from Jenn of Ever After in the Woods
Vegan Matcha Rose Shortbread from Carolann of Apron Warrior
Star Wars Kylo Ren Emoji Cookies from Jenn of justJENN recipes
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Faith of An Edible Mosaic
Andes Mint Cookies from Rebekah of Kitchen Gidget
Chocolate Pots from Kristin of On the Home Front
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookie Bars from Melissa of Persnickety Plates
Dark Chocolate and Smokey Blue Cheese Gougères from Lisa of Taste Cook Sip
Nutella Cookies from Raquel of Organized Island
Strawberry Sandwich Cookies from Heather of Delicious Not Gorgeous
Mini Chocolate Lava Kiss Cakes from Sue of It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies with White Chocolate from Lisa of Blogghetti
Chewy Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Butterscotch Cookies from Marlynn of Urban Bliss Life
Gluten Free Hot Cocoa Cookies from Elaine of Small Farm Big Life
Cherry and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cutter Cookies from Brenda of Meal Planning Magic
Cherry Cheesecake Bars from Laura of Untwisted Vintage
Grapefruit Gin Spritz from Sarah of Chef Sarah Elizabeth
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies from Brianna of Flippin' Delicious
chocolate heart cookies from Meaghan of the decorated cookie
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
Salted Caramel Bars from Marybeth of Baby Savers
Cotton Candy Buttercream Cupcakes from Nina of Crazy for Cookies and More
Red Velvet White Chocolate Chips Cookies from Maria of The Cookware Geek
Valentine's Blondie Bars from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Confetti Cookies from Amy of The Nifty Foodie
Heart of Gold Chocolate Sprinkle Blossoms from Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
Ancho Chili Brownies from Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama
Heart Shaped Spritz Cookies from Holly of A Baker's House
Strawberry Macarons from April of April Erhard
Sweetheart Chocolate Pretzel Bites from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Gluten-free Peanut Butter M&M Cookies from Michelle of My Gluten-free Kitchen
Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls from Rose of Rose Bakes
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies from Courtney of Know Your Produce
Nutella Chocolate Cupcakes for Two from Sara of Confectionary Tales
Butter Almond Mushroom Cookies from Jamie of Southern Revivals

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Camilla M. Mann

Monday 10th of February 2020

That looks SO festive and lovely. I can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing and joining the event again this year.

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