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This bright, refreshing lemon cake roll combines moist lemon cake with lemon cream filling to make the perfect dessert for a spring gathering!
You knew it was going to happen. You knew I couldn’t let a week of sweet posts go by without sharing something lemon. I just wouldn’t be ME if I did that!
Spring is definitely the season where we start to see all the lemon things coming out, and that makes me one happy girl. I seriously don’t know if there is anything lemon that I don’t love. And, I seem to be making a mini lemon lover out of Nat, as well. #winning.
So, let’s talk about this lemon cake roll. I’d never made a cake roll before – of any variety – but when I saw that this was a thing, it was a done deal. Any time I make a new type of dessert that I’ve never attempted before, I get a little nervous. Because, the perfectionist-wannabe in me, doesn’t want to screw it up.
Making and baking the cake was easy peasy. But when I got to the part of the recipe where it tells you flip the cake out of the pan onto a powdered sugar-cover kitchen towel, my interal alarms of fear and impending failure started screaming. I stood there holding the pan for what felt like forever, turning my hands – which were covered with oven mitts because it was fresh out of the oven – different ways to try and figure out in my head just how this was going to work. How was I going to flip it and have it land in one piece on the towel.
I finally just told myself I had to do it and deal with the aftermath when it came. And you know what? The only aftermath I had to clean up was the spray of powdered sugar that blew everywhere when the cake hit the towel. Which I was juuuuust fine with. The cake didn’t break. Hallelujah!
Then it was time to roll it up in the towel and let it cool, while making the filling, and then unroll it to add the filling. This also sounded odd to me, but I did as instructed, and it all turned out perfectly. I tell you all of this so that if you feel a bit uneasy or intimidated about trying a new type of recipe, you can rest assured that it will probably turn out just fine. And even if it doesn’t, it’s better to try! I am so glad that I did, and the result was an amazing lemon cake roll that I was able to share with my co-workers, and it got rave reviews.
This recipe features two of our sponsors this week – Dixie Crystals and Adams Extract. Of course you can’t make a cake without sugar! Dixie Crystals provided the granulated sugar that went in the cake, and I also used their powdered (confectioner’s) sugar in the filling and sprinkled on top! Adams Extract sent us some of their fabulous extracts, including the lemon extract, which I used in the filling as well, to give it just the perfect touch of lemon flavor to go along with the cake.
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Now, I bet you’re ready for that lemon cake roll recipe, aren’t you?!? Check out all the other recipes below from today, too!
Friday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- A #SpringSweetsWeek G & T by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Bunny Bark by Our Good Life
- Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches by Crumb Top Baking
- Carrot Cake Scones by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Chocolate Crepe Cake Roll by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Chocolate Marshmallow Dip by Simply Inspired Meals
- Chocolate Panna Cotta by The Gingered Whisk
- Chocolate Wacky Cake by The Gingered Whisk
- Cottontail Chex Mix by Books n’ Cooks
- Easy as Pie Coconut Cream Pie by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Flower Pot Spring Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Homemade Peach Cobbler by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
- Key Lime Cupcakes by House of Nash Eats
- Key Lime Sugar Cookies by Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
- Lemon Cake Roll by Sweet Beginnings
- Lofthouse Soft Sugar Cookies with Frosting by The Crumby Kitchen
- Marshmallow S’Mores Cookies by Palatable Pastime
- Mint Chocolate Yogurt Pudding by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Orange Cream Cheese Loaf Cake by A Savory Feast
- Orange Cream Overnight Oats by Cookaholic Wife
- Orange Creamsicle Fruit Salad by Home Sweet Homestead
- PEEPS Bunny Trail Cupcakes by Family Around the Table
- Sheet Pan Key Lime Pie by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Simple S’mores Bars by Cooking With Carlee
- Small Batch Chocolate cupcakes by Creative Southern Home
- Strawberry Papaya and Blood Orange Margarita by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Strawberry Rhubarb Cake by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Vegan Blueberry Yogurt Coffee Cake by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes by The Baking Fairy
Lemon Cake Roll
For the cake:
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice — about 1 medium or 1/2 large
- Zest of one lemon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- Dixie Crystals Powdered sugar — to aid in rolling
For the filling:
- 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tbsp Dixie Crystals powdered sugar
- 1 tsp Adams Extracts lemon extract
- Dixie Crystals Powdered sugar — for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jelly roll (10×15”) pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (use the one with flour, or flour the pan after spraying, to avoid sticking.)
- In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the eggs at high speed for 2 minutes, until frothy and dark yellow. Mix in sugar, lemon juice, and zest.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour. Add into wet ingredients and mix at low speed until just blended.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan.Since the batter is a very thin layer, you will need to use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread it to all the corners of the pan. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
- While the cake is baking, set a large, clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (about 1/4 cup). As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove foil carefully.
- Working from the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour.
- While the cake is cooling make the filling. Beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir in the lemon extract. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- When cake is cool, carefully unroll the towel. Spread the lemon cream over the cake, as evenly as you can. Roll the cake again, gently but tightly (and withouth the towel this time.) Wrap in plastic wrap to prevent drying out, and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle powdered sugar on top, slice the cake and serve with berries on the side, if you like!
Source: Crazy for Crust
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I almost made a cake roll. They always look so delicious. And this lemon one is right up my alley!!
Simply Inspired Meals
This looks so pretty and fancy, it’s a wow dessert for sure.
It so pretty. I think a cake roll makes such a nice presentation.
Such a pretty dessert! I am loving lemon desserts right now so this looks so good to me.
Congratulations on the unbroken cake! A roll cake is on my bucket list but I haven’t yet conquered my fears. Yours looks delish.
Valentina | The Baking Fairy
Lemon is so perfect for spring! I love the sound of this cake roll!
I love cake rolls and a lemon one sounds delicious!
I have been wanting to make a cake roll for a while now and this lemon version looks fabulous!
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
This cake roll looks so luscious and lemon is always a perfect flavour for springtime!
I too am intimidated at the thought of making a cake roll, even though I’ve wanted to try it for years. I’m a huge fan of citrus desserts, so after reading how well your cake roll turned out, I think I’m finally going to try and make one!
Lemon cake roll??? No one has ever made me a lemon cake roll. I am the queen of lemon desserts (not to make them, to EAT them!) I guess I’ll need to do this one myself!
Cheese Curd In Paradise
This is such a beautiful cake roll! I love the creativity of using lemon! I know that this would be a big hit in my house!
Liz @ Books n' Cooks
There’s something about lemon that just screams spring, doesn’t it? Your cake sounds so light and refreshing – perfect for the season
How long will this cake stay fresh? I’d like to make it for a party on Sunday…
Can the base be backed today and filled tomorrow and served Sunday?
I think it will keep just fine for that schedule! I took it to work and we ate it over a week’s time period and it was still good. Just keep it wrapped in the towel and maybe in a tupperware or other container with a lid, so it doesn’t dry out before you fill it.
Teri@The Freshman Cook
Your cake roll is so pretty and yummy looking, if it was sitting in front of me, I couldn’t resist it! I would have to take a bite or three!!
I’ve always been afraid to make a cake roll but I may try for this lemon version! A great dessert to serve all summer long.
I made it. It was easy, and by following the recipe, it came out just fine. It tastes delicious too!
How strong is the lemon flavor in just the sponge? I’ve made several cake rolls in the last 3 years. Like you on my 1st try I stood there with mitts on my hands trying to figure out how am I going to get this thin sheet of cake on a powdered tea towel, lol. And like you I told myself I had no choice but to go for it and hope everything works out. Well about 2 months ago I decided to try something different. Instead of turning it out onto the tea towel I had a bag of powdered sugar near by and a lg shifter. Once the cake came out I got the powdered sugar sprinkled all over it then placed the towel on top then used a cutting board to turn it out onto. Keep in mind the size I had baked was a 17×11, lol. It worked. Just don’t forget to pull off the parchment paper before you go to roll it. Back to the lemon flavor. I really want it to come through strong. My plan is to make 2 and fill them with a cream cheese and marshmallow frosting. Hope my tip helps anyone reading this. Hope to hear back from you soon. Thanks….
Hi Tammie! That is a great tip for flipping the cake out onto the towel! As for the lemon flavor – it is lemony, but not knock-you-down tart (though I would love that). There is no question that it is lemon cake when you eat it 😊