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Easy Strawberry Cake Roll

May 11, 2018
Cake roll covered with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, garnished with mint leaves, on a colourful platter decorated with flowers
This Easy Strawberry Cake Roll looks fancy but it’s so simple to make!  Perfect for Mother’s Day brunch, Father’s Day dinner, graduation parties or casual BBQs, it’s the most lovely spring or summer dessert for any occasion.  And it’s a pretty cheap way to feed a crowd too!
White cake roll, stuffed with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, with whipped cream, and sliced strawberries on top, garnished with mint leaves, on a colourful platter. Plates and forks in the background.
What’s more summery than strawberry shortcake?  When I was brainstorming this recipe I really wanted to come up with an easy summer dessert recipe for a crowd.  Mother’s Day,  Father’s Day, Canada Day, 4th of July, summer parties, brunches, bbqs and potlucks – all perfect opportunities to gather with friends and family and enjoy delicious food and good company!
There’s not much that’s as cheap to make as homemade cake.  Flour, a few eggs, sugar… all super cheap pantry and fridge staples.  Throw in a container of seasonal fresh strawberries (often on sale right now, even in Atlantic Canada, where I live) and a bit of whipping cream and this shouldn’t be too expensive at all!
Plus, your friends will think you’re the next Martha Stewart when you show up with this gorgeous strawberry cake roll!  It’s so pretty and looks so fancy — you don’t even have to tell them how easy it is to make!  My mom always made jellyroll for Christmas dinner dessert when I was a kid (same idea as this cake roll – but with jam and cream instead of fresh berries – because it was winter).  It was always a huge hit and I have such lovely memories of it 🙂
This Easy Strawberry Cake Roll brings you soft white cake, sweet vanilla whipped cream and luscious summer strawberries – in a convenient make-ahead dessert.  It’s a winner all around!
Strawberries not your thing, or out of season?  I’ve included some other filling ideas below the recipe – check them out for more inspiration!

Easy Strawberry Cake Roll – Step-by-Step Instructions

Jar of icing sugar, jar of flour, jar of sugar, jar of homemade vanilla extract, tub of baking powder, carton of whipping cream, dish of eggs and bowl of fresh strawberries

Ingredients for Easy Strawberry Cake Roll

Carton of skim milk, bottle of vinegar and small dish with milk and vinegar mixed together in it

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  In a small dish, stir together 1/3 cup of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.  Set aside to let milk sour.  (The soured milk will make your cake more moist.)

Flour and other dry ingredients mixed in a bowl with a whisk

Whisk together 1 cup of flour, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Adding a small dish of milk to a whipped egg mixture in a silver bowl

In a larger bowl, whip four room temperature eggs (if your eggs are in the fridge, let them sit in a bowl of warm-hot water for a few minutes to warm up, draining the water and refilling once it cools) until they’re light and fluffy.  Add 1 cup of sugar and mix well.  Then add the soured milk you made earlier and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (try making your own!) and mix again.

Silver bowl full of creamy yellow batter, with a spatula in it.

Add 1/2 the flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Add the rest and mix until just combined.  DO NOT OVERMIX.

Cookie sheet with parchment paper on it and a pair of scissors.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Measure and trim a piece of parchment paper to fit into the base of the cookie sheet.  Nestle it into the sheet and then spray again with cooking spray, including the inner sides of the cookie sheet.

Offset spatula levelling cake batter in a cookie sheet

Pour batter into parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and use an offset spatula to spread the batter all the way into the corners, so that it’s evenly distributed.  Having less batter in the edges/corners is one of the biggest culprits for burnt or crispy edges.  If the batter is the same depth throughout the pan it will cook more evenly.  I also tapped my pan gently a few times to get rid of air bubbles.
Bake in preheated oven for 14-17 minutes.  Keep an eye on it toward the end of the baking time.  If your edges start to brown, it’s likely done.  If you’re not sure, insert a toothpick in the centre and if it comes out clean it’s done.  A lot of recipes say that if you touch the cake gently it will spring back when it’s done but I don’t find this is always the case.

Icing sugar being dusted over a clean tea towel

While cake is baking, lay out a clean tea towel and dust it with icing sugar.

Bowl of sliced fresh strawberries

Wash and slice one pound of fresh strawberries into small pieces.

Whipped cream with a pair of beaters

Whip two cups of whipping cream with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, until fairly stiff peaks form.  Refrigerate if it will be a long time before you use it.

Sheet pan cake on a tea towel, with parchment paper being peeled off

When cake is cooked, invert it onto the tea towel while it’s still hot and gently peel off the parchment paper.

White sheet cake being rolled up in a clean tea towel to form the cake roll shape

While cake is still hot, slowly and gently roll it up in the tea towel, starting from a narrow (side) edge.  Leave rolled in the towel until cool.

Cake roll with overcooked edges trimmed off

Once the cake is cool, you can gently unroll it, remove the towel and use a serrated knife to trim off any overcooked edges.

Thin cookie sheet cake with whipped cream and strawberries spread over it

Set aside 1 cup of sliced strawberries and 1 cup of whipped cream for garnish.  Mix together the rest of the strawberries and cream and spread over cake.  Starting with the same end where you started the roll before, gently (and as tightly as possible) roll the cake back up with the filling inside.

Strawberry Cake Roll on a colourful platter, with a slice cut off and placed on a plate with a fork.

Place cake, seam side facing down, on a platter.  Spoon remaining whipped cream on top and cover with remaining strawberries.  Garnish with fresh mint leaves (optional).  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Slice into thin slices to serve.  Enjoy! 🙂
Easy Strawberry Cake Roll
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
26 mins
 

This Easy Strawberry Cake Roll looks fancy but it's so simple to make! Perfect for Mother's Day brunch , Father's Day dinner, graduation parties or casual BBQs, it's the most lovely spring or summer dessert for any occasion. And it's a pretty cheap way to feed a crowd too!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Myra
Ingredients
For Cake
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract*
For Filling
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
Instructions
For Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together milk and vinegar and set aside for a few minutes to sour milk.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

  4. In a larger bowl, whip four room temperature eggs** until light and fluffy.  Add sugar and mix well.  Add soured milk and vanilla and mix.

  5. Add 1/2 the dry mixture, mix until just combined.  Add remaining dry ingredients and mix again until just combined.  Don't overmix.

  6. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Measure a piece of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of the pan, nestle it in and spray again with non-stick cooking spray.

  7. Pour batter into pan and use an offset spatula to spread it evenly, right to the edges of the pan (thinner edges will cook faster and are more likely to burn).

  8. Bake in preheated oven for 14-17 minutes.  Watch edges closely to make sure they don't brown.  If they do, cake is likely done.  If you're not sure, insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean it's done. 

  9. While cake is baking, spread out a clean tea towel and sprinkle it with icing sugar.  When cake is done cooking, invert it onto the tea towel (while still hot) and gently peel off parchment paper.

  10. Starting at a narrow end, gently and tightly roll the cake and tea towel together up into a roll.  Set on a baking rack to cool completely.

For Filling
  1. Wash and slice strawberries into small pieces ans set aside.

  2. Whip whipping cream with sugar and vanilla until still peaks form.  Refrigerate if not using right away.

  3. When ready to fill cake, first set aside 1 cup of strawberries and 1 cup of whipped cream to garnish cake later.  Mix together remaining whipped cream and strawberries.

  4. Gently unroll cooled cake and trim off any overcooked edges, if necessary.  Spread filling inside cake and carefully roll cake up again. 

  5. Set on a platter with seam side facing down.  Spread remaining cream on top and top with strawberries.  Garnish with mint leaves (optional).  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  6. To serve, slice into thin slices and enjoy! 🙂


Recipe Notes
*To make your own homemade vanilla extract and save some money, check out our easy recipe!
**To quickly bring eggs to room temperature, submerge them in a bowl of warm-hot water for a few minutes (drain and refill if water cools before eggs warm up).

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is a cake roll the same as a jellyroll / Swiss roll / roulade?
Yup!  For all practical purposes, anyway, it is.  There might be some small technical differences and styles, but most people use these terms interchangeably.  So you can call it whatever you like!
What else can I use as filling in my cake roll?
I’m SO glad you asked!  You could definitely use other summer berries and fruit – blueberries, raspberries, peaches and even blackberries or kiwi would be delicious.  You could do a strawberry and blueberry mixture if you’re looking for an easy, make ahead 4th of July dessert!  Lemon curd and whipped cream would be lovely, with or without berries.  You could also do Nutella, or a classic jam (or even peanut butter and jam!) if you want!  Basically almost any type of fruit that won’t brown, or any type of spread that’s not too watery.

This Easy Strawberry Cake Roll looks fancy but it's so simple to make! Perfect for Mother's Day brunch , Father's Day dinner, graduation parties or casual BBQs, it's the most lovely spring or summer dessert for any occasion. And it's a pretty cheap way to feed a crowd too! There's more than one way to make a strawberry shortcake! #summerdesserts #springdesserts #mothersday #brunch #cheaprecipes #foracrowd #easydesserts #makeaheaddesserts #bbq #potluck

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2 Comments

  • Reply Tina MacSwain May 11, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! looks SO delicious! 2 of my favorite ingredients- strawberries and cream. 🙂
    I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks for posting, Myra!

    • Reply Myra May 11, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Tina! I’m such a big fan of strawberries and cream too. I hope you love it! 🙂

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