Raspberry Jelly Roll

jelly roll or sponge cake roll with jelly
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 Roll (8 Servings)

If you need a quick and beautiful dessert for an upcoming dinner party, our recipe for jelly roll will definitely impress and delight your guests. Don't be put off by its sophisticated design as it's easier to make than you might think.

A soft and fluffy sponge cake is covered in jelly and then rolled to a pretty swirl. Make ahead to free your time in the kitchen and simply dust with powdered sugar before serving. Check our variations below for other flavors and ideas.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  3. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or waxed paper and grease generously or spray with baking spray.

  4. In a clean and dry bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs for about 5 minutes, or until very thick and lemon-colored. If you're using a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment.

  5. Gradually beat in the granulated sugar until all is well combined.

  6. Beat in the water and vanilla extract using low speed.

  7. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat just until batter is smooth and blended.

  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading well to all corners.

  9. Bake the cake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While the cake bakes, generously sprinkle a clean tea towel with powdered sugar.

  10. Once baked, immediately loosen the cake from the edges of the pan and invert onto the prepared tea towel

  11. Carefully remove the parchment paper from the cake. Trim away any stiff edges, if necessary. While still hot, carefully roll cake and towel from narrow end.

  12. Leave to cool on wire rack for at least 30 minutes. By rolling it while hot, the cake will hold its shape without breaking once it's filled with the jelly.

  13. After 30 minutes have passed, unroll cake and remove the towel. Spread the jam or jelly over the cake. Roll up the cake again.

  14. Sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving, or wrap it loosely and refrigerate until it's time to serve.

  15. Enjoy!

Different Fillings and Flavor for Your Roll

If raspberry jam isn't your favorite, choose other fillings from our suggestions:

  • Use strawberry jam or apricot jam for a sweet filling.
  • Mix whipped cream with fresh chopped strawberries and use it as the filling.
  • Use lemon curd as the filling.
  • Use dulce de leche, homemade or store-bought, as the filling. If too thick, place it in a pot with a few tablespoons of whole milk.
  • Use Nutella or chocolate ganache. Decorate with chocolate bark and chopped nuts.