Lemon Roll Cake, #SundaySupper

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


Spring ushers in showers, flowers and a slew of goddesses who bring renewal to the world. Persephone (of Greek mythology fame) returns from her underground romps with Pluto and the earth blooms again in 3-D color. In China, the goddess Ma-Ku brings healing and reigns over springtime rites. And the Japanese goddess, Yaya-Zakurai insists on purity/chastity whilst the cherry blossoms are in bloom. (After the petals fall…well, that’s another story.)

Kamakura's Hasedera Temple sings springtime!

For those of us who are domestic goddesses, closets are cleaned out and windows are flung open to welcome in a new season. Along with the physical cleaning, many of us allow cobwebs of old thinking to be cleared from our minds.

This Ninja Baker reads blogs like Crazy for Crust and is convinced by the talented baker/writer, Dorothy Kern, that it is time to throw out any fears surrounding cream roll cake-making. And eagerly announce,  “Yes! I’ll contribute a lemon roll cake for the 7 p.m. ET #SundaySupper on 17 March at Twitter.com.” 

Proof of the Ninja Baker's Virgin Voyage into the Land of Cream Rolls

Dorothy reports that her first time roll cake produced no cracks and was super-easy. My experience was not exactly identical. Perhaps the following tips will produce a stellar situation in your kitchen.

A. Pour a thin layer of batter into the jellyroll pan, so that your cake isn't so thick that you need to saw it in half like yours truly
B. Mixing in jam or chocolate into the whipped cream filling so rolling the cake up proceeds smoothly.
C. And, by all means, visit Crazy for Crust and read up on Dorothy's tips for roll

Alice Choi, the Hip Foodie Mom, remedied my grievous cake cracks. She recently posted a gorgeous recipe for mini bundts with white chocolate ganache. Thanks to Alice’s  ganache recipe, I was able to cover the cracks of my cakes and the cream rolls are presentable.

Lemon Cake Rolls with White Chocolate Ganache

Lemon Cake Roll:
Bake up a lemon cake (using a cake mix or your favorite recipe) in a jellyroll pan. Make sure the pan is lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spraying the paper or foil with baking spray helps, too. I’ve got a small gas oven so my smallish jellyroll pan took about 26 minutes to bake at 350 degrees. (It will take less time when the batter is thinner!)

Until lovely soft peaks appear, whip up 8 ounces of heavy cream with ¼ cup of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and ¾ teaspoon of powdered lemon peel.

On a cooled rectangle of cake, carefully spread the cream. As mentioned 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam seemed to help the process.

Cautiously roll the cake in a heavily powder sugar sprinkled wax paper or towel.

Freeze overnight.

Make the Hip Foodie Mom’s White Chocolate Ganache. The recipe is here. Pipe the ganache onto the cake or liberally slather. Whichever way the spirits of spring move you.

As appealing springtime flowers bloom, a feeling of hope appears that in the future, my cake rolls will be even nicer.


In the meantime, please enjoy the following recipes celebrating the season and St. Patrick's Day by the best of the food blogosphere. Mama’s Blissful Bites is hosting the #SundaySupper Twitter party so prepare for bliss!


Apps, Bread, Salads, Soups and Dressings:

Main and Sides:



Wishing you Emily Dickinson’s springtime
Hope (which) is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul, 

And sings the tune--without the words, 

And never stops at all.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.




My hubby loves lemon desserts

My hubby loves lemon desserts and your luscious cake roll would just thrill him! And paired with white chocolate ganache is the way to reel me in, too! I'm hoping we see more signs of spring soon..."wintery mix" is what the meteorolgists are predicting for today...ugh.

The wintery mix may be

The wintery mix may be persisting in your corner of the world, Liz...But you are continually warming the hearts and stomachs of family and friends with your kind words, actions and baking!

Ok. I baked a roulade, Paula.

Ok. I baked a roulade, Paula. It does sound so very fancy and gourmet! Maybe the next spring wind will bring about a Vintage Kitchen whole wheat galette challenge in the Ninja Baker kitchen.

LOL There is an incentive to

LOL There is an incentive to spring closet cleaning...with old clothes donated to Good Will, this Ninja Baker can fill in the empty spots with new fashions =) Seriously, thank you, Shelby for your very generous and kind words.

If you can make an awesome

If you can make an awesome frittata - which you do - you can definitely make a cream roll cake, Shannon =) You may not even need Alice's white chocolate ganache for cover up!


I've never had a lemon roll but I've had pumpkin roll and really liked it. I like lemon so I'm guessing this would be a great dessert for me to make.

I'd guess you'd bake a cream

I'd guess you'd bake a cream roll cake only after you baked another batch of those minty brownie delights mentioned on your site =) I trust your delectable treats disappeared in minutes and you've got family and friends clamoring for more!

Loved reading about the

Loved reading about the flowers and goddesses, and yes... a time to renew! I've only tried one cake roll years ago, and it has become a sort of nemesis! But, I'm inspired to try again, as I LOVE lemon and this looks and sounds so lovely!!! Thanks for the great post!

This roll cake is reminding

This roll cake is reminding me of the bright colours of the cakes in China. I have tried jelly rolls and it has broken apart every time. But I won't give up, one of these days I will master it.

You are sooo kind to visit a

You are sooo kind to visit a blog about cake whilst on your oh so healthy juice cleanse. Very much appreciate the visit, Natalie =) Sending you much success and health with your awesome commitment to well-being.

What a lovely lemon roll cake

What a lovely lemon roll cake! I've never actually made a roll cake; I'm sort of messy and uncoordinated and I have a feeling I'd wind up with filling and frosting oozing out of every end so I give you major props for making one and making it look so easy!

When one is deprived of

When one is deprived of heavenly chocolates like Violet Crumble found in the land of Gourmet Getaways, one constantly looks to create similar satisfaction =) Tee hee. P.s. Love the vicarious adventure into Australia via your blog. Thanks so much, Julie.

lol, I seriously love your

lol, I seriously love your posts, Kim. I always learn something and you're so refreshingly self-deprecating. Nothing gets you down, girl! And it shouldn't, especially when you're rewarded with amazing cake like this for your efforts. I'm super intimidated by making cake rolls so kudos to you for making this. I think it's fabulous, especially with that thick drizzle of ganache overtop.

Now I'm LOL. Okay. Please

Now I'm LOL. Okay. Please keep focusing on the image of an eternally happy-go-lucky Ninja Baker...Just don't speak to my husband...You may get another picture =) Seriously, thank you so much for stopping by Nancy. Your comments do make me sincerely smile.



Love this lemon roll and spring time rituals!

Hi Kim, What an enjoyable post to read not only about this fabulous and beautiful lemon roll that is so perfect for the coming warmer months, but also the various different cultural rituals. I'm all in favor of cleaning out not only our homes, but also our minds and hearts of anything negative! Hope to make this luscious lemon delight someday!

Lemons from Capri would be

Lemons from Capri would be ideal for the cake sponge, right? Of course, any ingredient from your beloved Italy would make the dessert better =) Thank you for taking time to stop by from La Bella Vita, Roz.