How to Make a Jelly Roll

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Things You'll Need

  • Yellow cake recipe or boxed cake mix

  • Jelly roll pan

  • Jam or jelly

A jelly roll is a decadent cake attached to the holidays, but it can be made at any time. The jelly flavor is up to the cook. Jelly rolls are attractive desserts that should add a visual kick to the table.


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the cake mix according to the box or recipe.

Step 2

Grease the jelly roll pan. Pour the cake batter into the sheet pan, and cook the cake for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is golden brown.

Step 3

Lay out a generous portion of plastic wrap. Slowly turn the sheet pan upside down onto the plastic. Let the cake fall out.

Step 4

Use a thin frosting spatula to spread a thin layer of jam over the entire cake bottom. Leave about 1 inch at both ends.


Step 5

Lay the plastic wrap over the top of the roll, and pull the bottom of the plastic sheet until the roll tightens a bit. Roll the cake in the plastic until it's in a cylinder shape. Place the cake seam side down on a flat plate or sheet pan. Place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 6

Slice the chilled cake into half inch slices.


A jelly roll pan is a baking sheet with raised sides no more than 1-inch deep.