Moist Lemon Angel Cake Roll Recipe
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Moist Lemon Angel Cake Roll Recipe

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Tart and delicious, this pretty cake roll will tickle any lemon lover's fancy. Its feathery, angel food texture enhances its guilt-free goodness.
Recommended: 21 Easter Cake Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 9 large egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • Yellow food coloring, optional
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 243 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Place the egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; lightly coat paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Add vanilla and cream of tartar to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in flour, about 1/4 cup at a time.
  3. Gently spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool 5 minutes.
  4. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat. Gently stir in lemon juice, peel and, if desired, food coloring. Cool to room temperature without stirring.
  7. Unroll cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place seam side down on a serving plate; sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Angel Cake Roll in Country Woman February/March 2008, p31

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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grannyfromwisc User ID: 7988042 209723
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"This recipe was easy to make but my filling didn't thicken up enough so it kind of ran out the ends. I put it in the fridge for a bit and it turned out great. Taste is awesome."

AnJiTyKy User ID: 4642444 140736
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"Made this for Easter. Saw Micheal in Morgantown WV make this. You could use any fruity mixture in it. I would definitely not use a boxed angel food cake mix because the cake was excellent."

CardPat User ID: 4088640 209722
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I have not tried this yet but it looks good? Could you not save time and use a boxed angel food cake following directions of mixing it and proceed with the rest of the steps of this recipe?"

CuriousMunchkin User ID: 5930253 209721
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"We made this for my Aunt as a late "Happy Birthday" treat when she came down. It was great, but I should have waited for it to cool a bit more because the roll would have stayed more firmly together. For a quick fix, I put it in the refrigerator for a bit & then re-rolled it. Perfect! We served it with fresh strawberries. :]"

kdolby User ID: 3069494 173728
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Have not tried this yet but want to. Attended Michael's school in South Portland on 3/19. He mentioned being able to use instant lemon pudding. Can you give me that recipe???? please send to

thank you, a faithful follower and customer"

jilla95 User ID: 1602933 171185
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"This is easy, light and tasty. Fabulous recipe!!"

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