Slathered with fresh strawberry whipped cream, this Spring Strawberry Cake Roll is perfect for parties and welcoming a new season.
After cold winter, this strawberry cake roll is a ray of sunshine. I made this as I was experimenting with Swiss cake rolls for our upcoming cookbook club meeting. The light-as-air vanilla cake, combined with a strawberry flavored whipped cream and topped with toasted almonds has made this one of my favorite cakes ever.
What kind of dessert person are you? If you like dessert at all, you probably fall into one of two camps. The first would be the peanut butter/chocolate camp. If the dessert doesn’t have one of those two ingredients, you won’t consider it a dessert at all, right? The other camp would be the fruity/creamy camp. Those are the folks who love whipped cream, panna cottas, berry crumbles. I fall solidly in the latter camp, so this strawberry cake roll recipe is basically my idea of rolled-up heaven. It’s better than a strawberry shortcake in that it still has all the beautiful fresh strawberries, but with a pillowy cake instead of a denser, biscuit-like cake that strawberry shortcake has.
The best thing about this strawberry cake roll, unlike strawberry shortcake, is that it actually doesn’t take all that long to bake. The key is in creating volume through beating eggs and sugar until they’re glossy, with soft peaks. After that, you sift flour into the eggs and sugar a little at a time until you have a smooth, creamy batter. This batter then gets spread into a jelly roll sheet pan (a baking sheet with raised sides, as opposed to one that’s completely flat, like the one you’d use to bake cookies).
The key in this cake is in the assembly. You slather fresh strawberry whipped cream onto the cake, then roll it eee-ver so slowly into a cake-y, creamy roll so that when you slice it to serve, you end up with this beautiful spiral of cream and cake. This is the kind of cake that makes gloomy days seem manageable. It’s the kind of cake you can tuck your feelings into.
Click HERE for the strawberry sauce recipe.Print