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. Make sure you remove it from the fridge 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
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.
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. Do not overbake. Overbaking causes the cake roll to be dry!
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.
This is how the cake looks before baking:
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.
Don’t Overbake the Coconut Cake Roll
Helpful Hint: Be careful not to overbake the cake roll. It will cause the cake to be dry.
A cake roll (aka roulade) is not a typical cake. They usually contain no chemical leavening agents like baking soda or powder and are leavened by the aeration of the eggs.
A cake roll also contains less flour than a traditional cake. This ensures that the roulade is flexible enough to roll.
Starting at a short side, roll up the cake and towel together.
Cool completely on a wire rack, seam side down.
Unroll cake and spread 1/2 of the filling over the top, leaving a 1-inch border.
Roll the cake back up (without the towel). Spread the remaining filling on the outside of the cake. Sprinkle with coconut.
Serving Size one slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 449Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 118mgSodium 216mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 2gSugar 46gProtein 6g
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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