How to Make Blueberry Lemon Roll Cake

This blueberry lemon roll cake or swiss roll is such a heavenly dessert. A light and airy sponge cake rolled with whipped cream and lemon curd loaded with fresh blueberries.

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Also Read: How to Make Real Whipped Cream, How to Make Lemon Curd, Raspberry Jelly Roll

We picked fresh blueberries the other day and didn’t want to drown their flavor in a heavy, overly sweet dessert. Whether you have blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, or strawberries – if you want to enjoy their full flavor with whipped cream and a light cake – this is your recipe!

While there are a couple of steps involved in this recipe, each one is quite straight forward. Trust me, you CAN do this.

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Fresh blueberries and whipped cream mixed with lemon curd rolled in a light sponge cake garnished with lemon zest and mint.

Recipe for Blueberry Lemon Roll Cake

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5 from 3 votes

Blueberry Lemon Roll Cake or Swiss Roll

A delicious dessert that really lets the flavor of fresh berries shine through. Use whatever fresh berries you have on hand. There are a few steps, but they're all easy and the final assembly is a breeze.
Prep : 30 mins
Cook : 15 mins

Ingredients

Cake

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar (optional)
  • ¾ cup Sugar, divided
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup All-purpose Flour
  • ¾ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Icing Sugar, divided

Filling

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a 15x10 inch (40x25cm) rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or grease and flour.
  • In bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar.
  • Gradually add ¼ cup (60 ml) of the sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  • In separate large bowl, beat egg yolks with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract.
  • In small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Alternate folding the egg whites and the flour into the egg yolks, trying to keep as much air in the batter as possible.
  • Pour batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 12 to15 minutes until top is golden brown.
  • Lay a clean tea towel on countertop and dust with 2 tbsp (30 ml) of icing sugar.
  • Remove cake from oven. Using a knife, loosen edges of cake and invert onto towel. Remove pan and peel off paper.
  • Immediately roll up the cake with the towel starting at the short edge.
  • Let cool on rack. (Store like this for up to one day or roll in wax paper, wrap in foil and freeze for 2 weeks).

Filling

  • Whip the whipping cream for 1 minute. Add sugar and whip for 1 minute more.
  • If using, add lemon curd and continue to whip cream until stiff peaks form.

Assembly

  • Carefully, unroll the cooled cake. Lay as flat as possible, but don't force or tear cake.
  • Spread whipped cream on cake (reserve some for garnishing), leaving a 1½ inch (3.7 cm) margin on the short side that will be rolled up last.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup blueberries (reserve some for garnishing) and 1 Tbsp of lemon zest on top of whipped cream.
  • Gently re-roll the cake without the tea towel.
  • Place seam side down on a serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with remaining icing sugar.
  • Garnish with reserved whipped cream, berries and lemon zest. Add sprigs of mint leaves if you wish. You can enjoy right away, but it's even better if you let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours or so.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut slices. Serve with extra berries.

Notes

Replace blueberries with whatever fresh berries you have access to.
The lemon curd is optional, but adds a lovely lemon flavor. Use store bought or make your own. Or as an alternative add 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice and zest to the whipping cream.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, rollcake, swissroll, whipped cream
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An inside view.

Other Names for Roll Cake

I’m not very creative when it comes to naming recipes – often the names I choose are very descriptive – like Blueberry Lemon Roll Cake – because it’s a cake you roll around blueberries and lemon. Other names you might find for a cake like this include Jelly Roll or Swiss Roll.

Jelly roll is a term often used in the US. Like in my Raspberry Jelly Roll, jam or jelly is spread on the cake before it’s rolled.

You would think the term Swiss Roll came about because the cake was “invented” in Switzerland. Well, you’d be wrong, as I was. Various internet sites indicate that Austria, England and the US had the first documented recipes for rolled cake in the mid 1800’s.

Oh well, let’s just call it delicious and enjoy!

blueberry lemon roll slice on plate

What berry or fruit would you prefer to put in a roll cake?

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