Baked Sunday Mornings: Light & Lemony Jelly Roll Cake with Raspberry Cream Filling

by byn on March 29, 2015

in Baked Sunday Mornings, Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing

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Lemony Jelly Roll

I’m so sick of complaining about the weather. We’re pretty much at the end of March, and have barely had temperatures above zero here, much less in double digits like I’m normally hoping for this time of year. I seriously can’t wait for Spring which I feel will bring me an improved mental state that will show on my face (bonus points if you know which 80s teen movie that comes from).

Anyway, this also explains why I was so excited to make this dessert, even though I have publicly declared my distaste for both citrus desserts and raspberries in the past. This cake just screams SPRING to me! It’s a thin, lemony sponge cake, filled with raspberry whipped cream. I was also very excited to try making a jelly roll cake, because I remember my Mom making one when I was little.

Lemony Slices

I decided to start making this at 9pm on Thursday night, which is usually a recipe for disaster, but it actually wasn’t as involved as I thought. The lemon sponge comes together easily, after you separate your eggs so you can whip the whites and fold them in later. The cake only bakes for about 8 minutes too, with a few gymnastics required (dusting, covering, flipping, rolling) once it comes out of the oven. You actually wrap the cake up in a tea towel to cool, and then unroll it when you’re ready to add the filling. My only problem here was that once I spread the whipped cream on the cake, I was so excited to roll it back up that I forgot to sprinkle the fresh raspberries over top. Oopsie. So i just lined them up on top instead.

Well it turns out that raspberry whipped cream is DELICIOUS and pairs perfectly with the lemony cake. Oh I also left out the lemon extract, but it was still plenty lemony with all the zest the recipe calls for.  I love, love, loved this, and it was just so pretty! This would be a perfect dessert for Easter.


You can find the recipe here!

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SandraM April 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

I hear ya, about the weather. Ottawa is cold too. But this dessert definitely feels like spring! Looks wonderful and delicious!


Dafna | Stellina Sweets March 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Wait, “barely above zero”?! Uh, let’s not talk about California winter…. :-/

I too am not a huge fan of fruity desserts, but I agree that this was really nice– I’m so glad it cheered you up! I would’ve been just fine eating the filling by itself. Love your raspberries on top– such a pretty garnish.

I hope you get some warmth up there soon!


Liz March 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

That looks delicious!


Liz March 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

Yours looks gorgeous!


Nicole March 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

I will probably be trying to figure out your movie reference all day. Any hints? This one was pretty delicious and really not to hard-hope things warm up for you soon.


Littlebakerbunny March 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Your cake looks just like the cookbook picture! A beautiful spring dessert even though the temps are still below freezing outside. :(


Chelly March 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

I loved this one too! Yours looks delicious and yes it does scream spring to me also now if it can prompt some beautiful spring weather that would be great!


Jenny @ The Brunette Baker March 29, 2015 at 7:28 am

I am all over this gymnastics roll – Ha! It’s so pretty and I J’adore lemon desserts, so for me, this is a Perfect 10! XO


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