Patriotic Cake Roll

Cooking for Families

Memorial Day is this upcoming Monday. It’s a federal holiday and a day off from work to honor and mourn the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I made this red, white, and blue dessert for my Nanny Family to enjoy on the long weekend. Here’s how to make the cake:

You Will Need:

3 eggs-room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon extract
¾ cup all-purpose flour or 1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup confectioner’s sugar sprinkled on a tea towel
½ cup chilled heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and washed, sliced
Blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream

What to Do:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a 15 ½ “ x 10 ½” x 2 “ baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray both sides of paper with cooking spray.
2. Place a tea towel on counter, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.  Set aside.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
4. In mixing bowl, beat eggs on high speed until thick about 5 minutes.
5. Gradually beat in sugar to egg mixture.
6. On low speed add water and extract.Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture.Mix gently to blend, do not beat.
7. Pour batter into prepared baking sheet.
8. Bake at 375, 12-15 minutes or until center is done.
9. Immediately loosen cake edges with a knife, invert onto prepared tea towel. Remove parchment paper. Roll hot cake from narrow end including the tea towel into a roll. Let cool.
10. Unroll cake, remove towel, roll  up and wrap in plastic and refrigerate
11. Unroll and fill with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.  Roll up the cake like a jelly roll.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.
12. To serve, garnish with whipped cream and sliced strawberries and blueberries. 


Recipe adapted from

Photo by Stephanie Felzenberg


  1. […] Sponge cake is quick and easy to bake. To speed up the process, while the cake is baking, whip up whipped cream and slice the strawberries. Strawberry slices are up to you, smaller pieces will help the cake roll easier. Add some blueberries to make this cake roll a red, white, and blue patriotic dessert. […]

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