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Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake is a light and refreshing cake that’s perfect for summer! A fluffy cake roll that is easier to make than you think and tastes so delicious. Perfect for guests and special occasions!

Close-up of a strawberry swiss cake roll topped with whipped cream and strawberries on a rectangular serving platter.

Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake is so airy and light! A perfect cake to impress your guests but easier to make than it might look. This fluffy and creamy Cake Roll is made with a sponge cake that only has a few ingredients and uses whole eggs instead of only egg whites and the strawberry filling is super easy to make and tastes so delicious and flavorful.

My secret for making the most delicious strawberry frosting is to make a reduction from freshly pureed strawberries. This way you get all the fresh strawberry flavor but only minimal moisture so your frosting won’t get runny. Making the perfect strawberry frosting has never been easier!

This show-stopping Cake Roll with Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling looks so pretty but is surprisingly easy to make from scratch and comes together quickly. You could even make it a day in advance, refrigerate it and it will be just as good the next day. Perfect for summer parties!

Top-down shot of a strawberry swiss cake roll topped with whipped cream and strawberries on a rectangular serving platter. There are plates, a knife and a white and red dishtowel next to it.

Tips and Tricks for making this Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake

  • You can bake the cake roll one day in advance and store it (with the towel) tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge. Let it sit on the counter to come back to room temperature while making the strawberry filling. I find this makes it easier to unroll the cake.
  • This cake is a sponge cake, a traditional European cake. It relies on the volume of the whipped eggs to rise properly so it is extremely important to beat the eggs and sugar for the time stated. The volume of the mixture should have tripled. Many sponge cake recipes are made without baking powder and the whipped sugar egg mixture is the only leaving agent. I always use baking powder because it makes the recipe fool proof.
  • You need cake flour to make this swiss roll. To make your own cake flour take 1 cup all-purpose and remove 2 tbsp flour. Then add 2 tbsp corn starch. Stir until combined and sift one time to evenly distribute the corn starch.
  • Immediately invert the cake onto the towel once it comes out of the oven and roll it up. Don’t let it cool before rolling it or it will crack!!
  • Reducing the fresh strawberry puree intensifies the strawberry flavor and remove the surplus of moisture that would make the strawberry filling runny.
  • Instead of garnishing the cake with whipped cream you can also dust it with powdered sugar.
Close-up of a strawberry swiss cake roll topped with whipped cream and strawberries on a rectangular serving platter.

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A slice of strawberry swiss roll cake on a white plate topped with whipped cream and strawberries. The rest of the roll is in the background.

Tools used in the making of this Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake

Jelly Roll Pan: This heavy aluminum baking pan is perfect for this recipe!
Cake Flour: This is my go-to brand for specialty flours! But you can also make your own cake flour, just scroll up to the tips and tricks where I explain how to make it.
Stand Mixer: The most beautiful appliance in my kitchen! I own it in the gorgeous Ice Blue but the Pearl one is my current favorite color.
Immersion Blender: I love my immersion blender! You can blend soups, fruits, or vegetables right in the saucepan and it doesn’t take much space in my drawer.

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4.96 from 21 votes

Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake

Strawberry Swiss Roll Cake is a light and refreshing cake that’s perfect for summer! A fluffy cake roll that tastes delicious and is perfect for guests.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

For the Swiss Roll

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar, (100g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour, (110g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

For the Strawberry Filling

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (115g)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, (125g)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz strawberries, chopped (170g)

For the Garnish

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, (120ml)
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 6 whole strawberries

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 410°F (210°C) and line a 15×11-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until thick and pale and has tripled in volume, about 8-10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In three additions, sift flour mixture into egg mixture, folding to combine after each addition.
  • Transfer batter to the prepared baking sheet and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Dust a clean kitchen towel generously with powdered sugar and Invert the cake onto it; slowly remove the parchment paper. You can brush the paper with a little bit of water to make it easier to peel off.
  • Using the towel and starting at a short end, roll up the cake and towel. Let cool completely, seam side down.
  • When the cake has cooled, make the strawberry filling.
  • Using a handheld immersion blender or food processor puree the strawberries. You should have about 1/2 cup strawberry puree.
  • In a small saucepan reduce the puree by half. Let cool.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar at medium speed until pale and fluffy.
  • Add cream cheese and mix until the mixture is whipped, white and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  • Add the strawberry puree and stir into the mixture on low speed until just fully incorporated.
  • Carefully unroll the cake. Spread strawberry filling evenly over the surface, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the outer short end. Gently roll up the cake tightly in the same direction you rolled it the first time (without the towel).
  • Place it on a serving platter and cut off the ends for a prettier cake if desired.
  • To garnish, beat together 1/2 cup heavy cream with 1 tbsp powdered sugar on high speed until whipped.
  • Garnish the cake with dollops of whipped cream and strawberries.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcal
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18 Comments

  1. If I want to turn this into a chocolate strawberry Swiss roll cake could I just add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa to the cake mix? 

    1. Sorry, I have never tried adding unsweetened cocoa to this recipe so I can’t really say for sure if it will work. I would definitely reduce the amount of flour by about 2 Tbsp or more if you want to add cocoa or the biscuit might be too dry to roll up.

  2. 5 stars
    This is seriously the most simple and perfect sponge I’ve made to date.  And it rolled perfectly without any cracks. I’m a relatively beginner baker and this went really smoothly.  The only thing I did differently was whip the egg whites and sugar first to stiff peaks and then added the yolks and whipped those in before adding the other ingredients. Cannot believe how well this sponge came out!  Thank you for posting! 

  3. 5 stars
    My family LOVED LOVED LOVED this Strawberry Swiss Roll! My mom has even requested it again for Mothers Day! SUPER Easy!!! And you can always use instant strawberry milkshake flavored (jello)pudding if you don’t feel like doing the cpl extra steps for the filling! Just as yummy! Please keep the easy and yummy recipes coming!! 😎😍Thank You!!

  4. 5 stars
    My first was roll ever. It came out perfect! I whipped up some decorating icing with egg white, flour and sugar, and piped a design onto my greased baking sheet and froze that for a few minutes before adding my batter and it made a perfect design. Will definitely be using this recipe again!

  5. Tried the recipe. So delicious, but the cake came out quite crispy and just broke when I rolled it. Came out as a triangle cake. Not sure what went wrong. 🤔

    1. Sorry this recipe didn’t work for you, Laura! I can only guess but what could have happened is that it was baked too long or your oven is running hot, it should not get crispy.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this! The only thing I might do differently would be to refrigerate the filling a bit, just to make it a bit firmer so that the roll wouldn’t flatten on itself. Tastes wonderful was the first time making a sponge cake that turned out.

  7. That is one beautiful spiral! I watched The Great British Baking Show (I think that’s what it’s called….) one time and they were making Swiss rolls, and most of those cakes didn’t look as good as yours does! It sounds delicious, too!