Cake Roll Recipes

Find all the recipes for Swiss rolls, jelly rolls, roll cakes or whatever you call this classic rolled cake, filled with cream, jam or icing.

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Triple Chocolate Roll Cake

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A chocolate cake is wrapped around alternating stripes of white chocolate whipped cream and a whipped dark chocolate mousse for not only great flavor, but a striking presentation as well. Make sure to really chill your fillings before whipping--overnight would be best--or they won't fluff up properly. This takes some time and patience to make--so plan ahead when making this cake! Serve with additional whipped cream, if desired.

German Strawberry Roll

This is a classic German strawberry roll (Erdbeerrolle) recipe made with sponge cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. My favorite cake when strawberries are in season! If you like, you can cover the outside with more whipped cream and decorate with extra strawberries. [Recipe originally submitted to]

Cannoli Cake Roll

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A decadent and rich jelly-roll style cake. Makes a wonderful showcase, well worth the effort!

Tiger Skin Chiffon Cake Roll

This is the recipe for basic cake roll. You can add cocoa or mocha powder to the cake. You can spread cream, chocolate, or raspberry mousse on the cake sheet before rolling and then refrigerate it before serving. It is moist and tasty. All my family and friends loved it!

Buche de Noel

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Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Pumpkin Roll I

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An easy pumpkin roll dessert that tastes great.

Strawberry Cream Roll

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Ideal for that special ending to a special luncheon. Decorate this jelly roll with crystallized violets, if desired. A few fresh violet leaves on top also may be used.

Chocolate Yule Log

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If you haven't tried this classic holiday dessert because you thought it required advanced baking and pastry skill, then get ready to buche up this Noel, since the techniques required are actually quite simple. This classic holiday dessert is a showstopper, but it's often better looking than it is tasting, which is not the case here, thanks to a simple-to-make, rich chocolate sponge cake, and mocha buttercream filling. Garnished here with meringue mushrooms and rosemary.

Jelly Roll

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This is a homemade sponge cake filled with your favorite jelly or jam that even a novice baker can make.

Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll

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This moist rolled cake has a rich cream cheese filling. Serve it cold. This will be a hit! It has a pinwheel look.

Pumpkin Roll Cake

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A thin pumpkin cake, rolled around in a white cream filling, then in nuts. Can be frozen and served chilled. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Chocolate Roll I

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This is a chocolate roll that you will get many raves about. Keep this recipe handy because I am afraid you will be asked for it. This is a great cake for having guests over for dinner. You must follow step by step, no shortcuts for success.

Inspiration and Ideas

Tips for Making Sponge Cakes

To make a cake roll, you need a pliable, thin cake that won't break easily or crack: the sponge cake. These cakes have very little added fat, which makes them easy to work with.

Walnut-Cream Roll

"A 10-star recipe. I made the cake exactly as stated, and it's awesome." – Kim

Coffee Cake Roll

Rating: Unrated

Jelly roll made with coffee sponge cake. Filling may be changed to suit your preferences! Original cake developed in honor of a coffee lover's birthday! If not eaten in a short time after whipped topping is added, store covered in the freezer.