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Lemon Cake Roll Recipe

Lemon Cake Roll Recipe

This recipe dates back quite a few years. My mother made it for me when I was a child, and I'm now in my 70s.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick and smooth. Add water. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture just until moistened. Line a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Turn cake out onto a kitchen towel. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Gently peel off the waxed paper. Beginning with short side, roll up cake, jelly-roll style. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 2. For filling, in a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, egg, water and lemon juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute longer until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Unroll cake; spread cooled filling to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 200 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"I have made quite a few rolls and I don't know if I did something wrong but it didn't turn out well at all and I made it twice. Will not be making This again."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Incredibly easy and absolutely delicious. I'm not much of a baking genius but this came out lovely. Didn't have the right pan nor did I have kitchen towel, used substitutes for both but it came out well :D Here are some pictures :)

A must try :D"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"Im going to try it again but mine came out like a stale sandwich very dry. I left it less minutes than it said. I followed step by step but ill try leaving it less time in the oven"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"Ths is light and refreshing. cake rolls are so simple to make but get rave reviews every time I serve them."

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"I jazzed it up with using sugar free lemon gelatin in the cake batter. I used Splenda instead of sugar for both cake and filling. Added lemon zest to both also. Instead of the powder sugar I added a lemon flavored (1/4 tsp of lemon juice in place of vanilla)meringue to it and baked till light brown. Garnished it with lemon twist and spearmint leaves. Lovely presentation and I think the changes were very refreshing."

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"It was easy to make and was delicious."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2012

"I don't know what it is with this recipe, nobody really like it. My family usually loves citrus flavored desserts but this wasn't a hit. Maybe I did something wrong when I left out 1/2 cup of sugar in the cake because I thought there was too much. The cake had a weird texture, spongy, but I guess it is supposed to be like that. The filling was good but it oozed everywhere and the cake was hard to roll up. Maybe it would have been better if there was some lemon flavor in it. Don't base my judgement on whether or not you should make this, just wasn't a hit."

Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"This cake is awesome! It looks so pretty. It is light and tasty. I served it on Mother's Day for a nice Spring treat. Used parchment paper instead of waxed and it worked beautifully as it did not stick. Will make again and again."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Mine did not turn out all that well......I guess that the rolling was harder then I thought......*sigh*....still tasted good though...I will be trying again...."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2009

"I took this to the county fair and got a first place with it. I added shredded white chocolate to the lemon before rolling it up and then topped the roll with the rest of the lemon filling and chocolate curls. Also added lemon peel to the lemon filling."

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