Vanilla Sponge Cake Roll – a simple vanilla cake roll that’s perfect for any summer celebration. It’s filled with a creamy vanilla mascarpone filling and makes an impressive and light dessert.
My brothers and I always took our time combing through the display glasses and oohing and aahing over what we should choose.
My eyes always led me back to the beautiful cake rolls behind the display. They were reserved for other customers who had pre-ordered them and I remember wishing that I could be one of those lucky customers.
One Saturday on our regular stop to the bakery, the nice woman behind the counter took out a pretty Vanilla Cake Roll from behind the display case and placed it in a box for my mom at the cash register.
I remember just looking up at my mom with the biggest smile in disbelief. She said she had called ahead to place an order for me because I had done so well in school lately and she wanted to give me a special treat. It was seriously the best. day. ever. for my little eight year old self and I savored every last bite of that cake roll.
I finally worked up the nerve to make one back in June for this summer afternoon tea party we threw which you can read about HERE.
It’s just a matter of mixing, pouring, cooling and rolling. And aah yes – the clean up.
Since it was my first attempt, I decided to keep it simple with a Vanilla Sponge Cake Roll which I baked in the 10 x 15 pan over a sheet of parchment paper with a misting of baking spray.
Once the cake is done baking, invert it onto a kitchen towel that has been sprinkled with some powdered sugar.
As long as you don’t over bake your roll and remember to roll it up while it’s still hot from the pan, everything will work out just fine. And even if the cake doesn’t come out as perfectly, we can always cover the whole thing in frosting, sprinkles or powdered sugar 😉
This cake was light, tender and almost melts in your mouth with the creamy vanilla mascarpone filling.
You can dust it with powdered sugar and serve it with some fresh fruit or glam it up with your favorite frosting and sprinkles.
It makes an impressive lighter dessert that is perfect for a shower, special occasion or any summer party.