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Lemon Angel Cake Roll

"Every time I make this sunny cake roll, people comment on its fresh flavor and festive look," observes Diana Hardwick of Holdenville, Oklahoma. "It goes over big at church dinners."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 12 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 24 whole strawberries


  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; coat paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel lightly dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Dust with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For filling, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Fold in whipped topping and food coloring if desired.
  • Unroll cake and spread filling evenly over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again; dust with remaining confectioners' sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Cut into slices. Serve with strawberries. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 237 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • ABiggie
    Jul 18, 2015

    Love the filling. I haven't been able to get the cake to roll properly, but the filling is pretty tasty between sliced layers of angel food cake - it's a lot faster too.

  • frisky1
    Apr 9, 2013

    Made this for my co-workers as a special treat. Everyone loved it. First time ever making a rolled cake, much easier than I thought. Will absolutely make this again.

  • lilbit05
    Mar 26, 2012

    Such a great recipe, I've been adding cut up strawberries to it as well for an addition and it is wonderful! Making it today for a birthday cake.

  • skywaitress
    Jan 28, 2012

    Very good! Yes, it has a lemon flavor...that's why it is called Lemon Angel cake roll. If you dont like lemon try a simple cake roll.

  • ellimaye1
    Apr 25, 2011

    This recipe was incredible sweet and very strong lemon flavor. I even used 1/4 c. less of the powdered sugar.

  • sfprincess
    Jun 16, 2010

    This was really fun to make and turned out amazing! It's a perfect balance of light and tasty that my whole family enjoyed -- especially my diabetic mother-in-law! I'd never made a roll cake before, so I don't know if I just rolled it too tightly or filled it too much, but there was a lot of excess filling that popped be careful! :)

  • veyster
    Feb 21, 2010

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  • Carollizc
    Jan 5, 2010

    This was a perfect summer dessert - easy, fruity and creamy. I baked the cake first thing in the morning, when it wasn't so hot, then assembled it when the cake had cooled, and it was ready long in advance of when I needed to serve it. Just divine!