• Linda Reid

Jelly Roll-An EASY and IMPRESSIVE Dessert

What do you do on a gloomy, rainy day? You fill your home with the aroma of something sweet and delicious baking in your oven.

It's no secret that I like dessert. I have been in a complicated relationship with SUGAR for awhile now. We are co-dependent and no amount of therapy will ever tear me away. Because I love sugar so much I am a bottomless well of easy and quick desserts that taste great and are impressive to serve. Jelly roll is, perhaps, my favourite.

The jelly roll recipe I use is simple and quick. There is no beating and folding in of egg whites, no complicated technique to mixing the ingredients, and you most likely already have on hand the makings for this lovely and tasty dessert.

The following is the gist of it. The full recipe is at the end.

The Ingredients:

Eggs, sugar, water, vanilla, flour, salt and baking powder, and jam or jelly.

The Method:

Beat the eggs for five minutes, add sugar, water and vanilla. Beat some more. Add flour, salt and baking powder, beat some more. Pour it into a prepared 15x10x1 inch pan and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Place the baked cake on a prepared tea towel. Roll it up and leave it to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Unroll and spread jelly over cake. Roll it up again and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Aaaannd you're done!

Jelly Roll Recipe


3 eggs

1 cup white sugar

1/3 cup water

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

powdered sugar

2/3 cup jelly or jam (seedless raspberry jam is my favourite)


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. Line 15x10x1 inch pan with waxed paper, foil or parchment paper. Generously grease the waxed paper or foil.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer, on high speed, for about 5 minutes until eggs are thick and lemon-coloured.

  4. Add sugar, water and vanilla and mix it in.

  5. Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat it until the batter is smooth.

  6. Pour into pan, spreading it evenly to the corners.

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  8. Gently lift cake from pan and flip it over onto a kitchen towel that has been generously sprinkled with powdered sugar.

  9. Carefully peel the paper away from the cake. Trim off any stiff edges, if necessary.

  10. While the cake is hot, carefully roll the cake and towel from the narrow end.

  11. Cool on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes.

  12. Unroll cake and and remove towel.

  13. Soften jelly or jam by beating with a fork then spread over cake.

  14. Roll up the cake and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  15. Try not to eat it all right away. And you should share. Sharing is good.

If you make this and love it, let me know. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'll be sharing more of my favourite recipes in the future. Happy baking, everyone!

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