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Prize-Winning Jelly Roll Recipe

Prize-Winning Jelly Roll Recipe

Twice I've won first place at our county fair with this recipe. I enjoy trying new recipes and cooking for my family and guests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) strawberry, raspberry or currant jelly


  • 1. In a bowl, combine cake flour, 1 cup sugar and baking powder; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until stiff peaks form; set aside. In another mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, water and extracts; mix well. Add dry ingredients; beat on medium for 1 minute. Gently fold in egg white mixture. Line a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; spread batter into pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Turn onto a lined towel dusted with confectioners' sugar; remove waxed paper. Roll cake up, starting with a short side; cool. Unroll cake; spread evenly with jelly. Roll up; dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 312 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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Reviewed May. 19, 2017

"I haven't eaten yet but because time said 15-18 minutes I cooked for 15 minutes and was definitely way too long. It's not Light in color as a jelly roll should be. Some areas are much darker. Thankfully it will be covered in icing as it will be the engine of my son's birthday train cake.

I've read other rolls are 12-15 minutes and no longer. I think 13 min would have probably been perfect. Oh well!"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"This was very delicious"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"I have made this jelly roll many times and always perfect. I have won grand Champion and Best of Show on this recipe for several years."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"I made this exactly according the the directions and it came out really dry and hard. I only cooked it for 12 minutes, so as not to over cook it and it just wasn't good. I'm wondering if the person who posted this recipe left out the oil or some other ingredient to throw people off - so they wouldn't win any ribbons at the country fair? Not sure what happened, but I don't plan on making this recipe again. I don't like to leave bad reviews, but this one is bad. Look for another recipe, because this one is time consuming and not worth it in the end!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"The only prize this could win is the worst or hardest jelly roll. Really Really bad and I bake for a living. I knew when I poured it into the pan and when I took it out OMG I thought it was going to be to hard even to roll, but it did roll and was really very hard and did not want to unroll. Had to through away."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"THIS IS NOT FOR CALORIE COUNTERS. cake was very easy to make, providing you have lots of large bowls. Simmered rhubarb with sugar til thick the day before so it thickened, Beat whipping cream, using 1 cup and 1 cup of rhubarb, Spread a little strawberry jam over cake first, then spread rhubarb mixture and rolled up. spread more whipped cream over top and sprinkled with raspberries. fruit all from the garden. WOW!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"Wow, this came out perfect. Tip: if you are using jelly as the filling, it's good to beat it first as it spreads easier"

Madge 6
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"I've made this several times. I put other fillings in it also. very good!"

Jana Banana
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2009

"excellent jelly roll! beautiful, fluffy, light texture cake, no doubt a prize winner!"

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