How to Make a Delicious Coconut Cake Roll

Cake Rolls, like this Coconut Cake Roll, can be a tad intimidating if you’ve never made one. Trust me, they are super-duper easy to pull off. I must have had way too much coffee this morning to be using words like super-duper.

This Coconut Cake Roll is a show stopper when you need a festive dessert. It’s so pretty and I enjoy serving this one as the grand finale after a holiday meal. The best part? You can make this a day ahead because it needs to sit in the fridge overnight.

Coconut Cake Roll is a family favorite.

Coconut Cake Roll

A cake roll is baked in a 15 x 10 jelly-roll pan. If you don’t have one, you can get one here with my affiliate link. I’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Jelly Roll Pan for Making Coconut Cake Roll

Don’t let the long instructions fool you. If you’re like me, I always get everything I’m going to need for the cake, including the measuring cups, ingredients, etc. together first. This first step always seems to help make the other steps more manageable.

The cake bakes in 10-15 minutes. Just like with my Italian Cream Cake, you will need to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold them in.

After preheating the oven to 375º F, be sure and grease the bottom and sides of the jelly roll pan. Line with parchment paper. Then grease and flour parchment paper.

How to Make a Coconut Cake Roll

This is how the cake looks before baking:

Batter for Coconut Cake Roll

While the cake is baking, sprinkle powdered sugar onto a clean tea towel. Once the cake is done, loosen the edges and invert onto prepared towel.Carefully remove parchment paper.

Remove parchment paper from the Coconut Cake Roll

Starting at a short side, roll up the cake and towel together.

Roll up the Coconut Cake Roll and Towel together.

Cool completely on a wire rack, seam side down.

Cool Coconut Cake Roll completely.

Unroll cake and spread 1/2 of the filling over the top, leaving a 1-inch border.

Spread filling on Coconut Cake Roll

Roll the cake back up (without the towel). Spread the remaining filling on the outside of the cake. Sprinkle with coconut.

Coconut Cake Roll

 Coconut Cake Roll

Coconut Cake Roll

Coconut Cake Roll is moist and filled with a delicious coconut cream cheese filling.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar (to dust towel with before rolling cake)

Frosting

  • 2-1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 2 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Grease bottom and sides of 15 x 10" jelly roll pan. Line with parchment paper and grease and flour parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes). Set aside.
  5. Beat egg yolks in a large bowl at high speed. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar. Beat for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Add extracts and 1/3 cup water. Beat well. Add flour and beat just until well combined. Gently fold in egg white mixture. Spread batter into prepared jelly roll pan.
  6. Bake at 375º for 10-15 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly.
  7. Sprinkle 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar evenly over a cloth dish towel.
  8. Loosen the edges of the cake from the pan and invert the cake onto prepared towel. Remove parchment paper. Starting at a short side, roll up cake and towel together. Cool completely on a wire rack, seam side down.
  9. To make the frosting, use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk the cream cheese, sugar, and coconut extract until smooth. Slowly add the heavy cream until mixture is thick and creamy. Stir in one and a half cups of coconut.
  10. Unroll cake and remove towel. Spread a thick layer of the frosting mixture over the top of the cake, leaving a 1" border around the outside of the cake. Roll up, ending with seam side down.
  11. Spread the remaining frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.
  12. Sprinkle cake with remaining coconut.
  13. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10-12 Serving Size one slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 449 Total Fat 22g Saturated Fat 15g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 118mg Sodium 216mg Carbohydrates 59g Fiber 2g Sugar 46g Protein 6g
Nutrition information may not be 100% accurate.
 

If you have coconut cake lovers in your family, you need to make this Coconut Cake Roll as soon as possible. It would also be a delicious alternative to a traditional birthday cake.

 

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Comments

  1. I just found out that I am hosting Christmas dinner at my house, so I am in need of awesome dessert recipes -like this. I am adding it to my menu.

  2. You are so right, roll cakes can be intimidating until you try it and make your first. This would be a hit anytime, and would be perfect for Easter too.

  3. Oh yum, I do love my coconut stuff. I’ve never tried to make a roll cake on my own. I tend to already purchase them like that. Maybe I’ll try this out!

  4. I remember my grandma used to have these roll cakes called tortes that she ordered from some company during the holidays. I always thought she baked them until one day she revealed her secret. I wish I could make one of these for her. She would have loved it.

  5. That coconut cake roll looks so delicious, perfect for the holidays 😀

  6. This looks so good! I am not usually a coconut fan, but this looks so great, I might try it!

  7. This looks absolutely perfect! I have not tried making a coconut cake roll but I think I will soon! Thank you for sharing your recipe. My family will love this and I am going to make sure I will let them know who I got the recipe from. 🙂

  8. Cake rolls always turn out so beautiful. My husband’s grandmother makes a version with pumpkin. Yum!

  9. I don’t know if my mind told me that i have to bake that or it was my belly!! It looks so good!!!

  10. I am not much of a baker so I have never made a cake roll before. You make it look so easy! Maybe I will give it a try thanks to your inspiration and it will actually look like yours!

  11. I have never made a coconut cake roll but this looks incredibly do-able. It’s not too intimidating so I think I’d love to give this a try. Sounds delicious!

  12. This so pretty and it sounds absolutely delicious. I think my daughter would like a roll like this!

  13. I have always wanted to make a cake roll! Although I’m not a fan of coconut my husband is and would love a treat like this! Looks great!

  14. Wow, I love anything with coconut and you made me crave for sweets with this one. Such a fluffy looking cake roll, I’d love me a slice!

  15. My husband would love this! He adores coconut. It seems simple but I bet mine would not turn out as nice looking as this, I have a feeling it will fall apart when I try it lol

  16. This looks super delicious. I will have to make this for my son for his birthday!

  17. That came out really good. I always wondered how to make a cake roll. I will have to try your recipe.

  18. I’m going to a spring “Garden Party” with the ladies from my local church and was asked to contribute one fo the desserts. How many servings does this make? Any idea?

  19. First time making a cake like this very easy to make and came out nice

  20. This cake was yummy but I wish there was a little butter or oil in it, I found it a little dry. Other rolled cakes I’ve made have been more moist! Love the frosting though!

    • Glad you liked the frosting. The cake roll is always light and moist when I make it. It’s a sponge cake (therefore no butter or oil) and relies on the beaten egg whites to make it lighter. It’s also important to not overmix, which can decrease the volume of the batter and result in a tough cake.

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