What Is an Easy Jelly Roll Recipe?

What Is an Easy Jelly Roll Recipe?

An easy jelly roll recipe is Paula Deen's Old South Jelly Roll Cake. The batter is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and vanilla extract, as well as sifted flour, baking powder and salt, then folding in beaten egg whites. Once baked, the cake is rolled up, allowed to cool, then unrolled, spread with jam and rolled up again.

Old South Jelly Roll Cake

This recipe yields between 8 and 10 servings, depending on how thick the jelly roll is sliced.

Prep Time: 45 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Ready In: 1 hr 10 min.


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp., vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cake flour sifted
  • 3/4 tsp., baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp., salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for dusting
  • 1 cup jelly, stirred
  1. Make batter
  2. Heat the oven to 400 F. Beat the separated egg whites until firm and set aside, then beat the egg yolks until light, slowly adding the sugar and vanilla extract to combine. Add a sifted mixture of the flour, baking powder and salt and fold into the egg yolks with the egg whites.

  3. Bake and cool
  4. Bake the batter in a wax paper-lined jelly roll pan for up to 10 minutes, or until golden in color. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a towel coated in confectioners' sugar, carefully removing the wax paper from the underside. Trim the crust and roll the cake up with the towel from the narrow end. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Add jelly and garnish
  6. Finally, unroll the cake and remove the towel. Spread the surface with jelly and roll the cake back up, garnishing the top with a dusting of confectioners' sugar.