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Vanilla Blueberry Cake Roll

Fresh blueberry and lemon curd filling in a vanilla sponge cake topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Vanilla Blueberry Cake Roll is a simple dessert that can be served for breakfast or afternoon tea.

This is a photo of a table set for tea. On the left, there is a rectangular white platter with a vanilla blueberry cake roll. The cut end is facing front revealing a spiral of vanilla sponge with blueberry filling. Just left of center there is a dark blue tea pot. There is a blue and white tea cup in the bottom right corner of the photo.

Spring is a time for berries. When I was a kid, we had strawberries growing under the water tap in the back yard.

Every time someone turned on the tap, a little water would leak from the hose and water the berries.

It was the perfect spot for strawberries so we always had lots of large, sweet strawberries. Our neighbors had raspberry bushes and we used to sneak raspberries from those too.

Texas is too hot and alkaline for raspberries and strawberries don’t do well here either. I did have a blackberry bush in my yard but it died while I was away in Cambodia. I’ll replace it when I get back next time.

In the meantime, I buy my berries at Costco. They’re so cheap and plentiful there. They had fresh blueberries last week so I couldn’t resist. It took me a few days to decide what to do with my precious blueberries but I thought a simple cake roll would be fun.

A vanilla bluberry cake roll sits on a rectangular white platter. The cut end faces front revealing a swirl of vanilla cake with blueberry filling. The cake roll is topped with whippd cream and fresh blueberries.

Vanilla Blueberry Cake Roll starts with a simple sponge cake. The great thing about this recipe is the sponge cake is very flexible and doesn’t need to be rolled up while it cools.

Because the sponge cake is thin, it cooks and cools quickly so you can make this cake in about 1 hour. I made the filling while the cake was baking and refrigerated the filling while the cake cooled.

Rolling the cake is easy. Just start one end and then pull the parchment paper upwards to roll it the rest of the way.  The sponge cake is very flexible so you don’t have to worry about cracks while you roll.

A vanilla bluberry cake roll sits on a rectangular white platter. The cut end faces front revealing a swirl of vanilla cake with blueberry filling. The cake roll is topped with whippd cream and fresh blueberries.

There are some simple changes you can make to change this recipe up.

  • For a gluten-free version, substitute almond flour for the all purpose flour in the recipe.
  • For a more lemony cake, substitute lemon extract for vanilla and add a tablespoon of lemon zest to the cake.
  • Almond flavoring also works well in this cake but use it sparingly. You can add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract to the recipe if you like almond.

Served plain, vanilla blueberry cake roll makes a lovely breakfast. Dress it up with a little whipped cream for dessert or afternoon coffee.

Yield: 1 cake

Vanilla Blueberry Cake Roll

A vanilla bluberry cake roll sits on a rectangular white platter. The cut end faces front revealing a swirl of vanilla cake with blueberry filling. The cake roll is topped with whippd cream and fresh blueberries.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


Vanilla sponge cake

  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 8 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch cream of tartar

Blueberry Filling

  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup lemon curd



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a half sheet jelly roll pan (12" x 16" x 1" -- large cookie sheet size). Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit in bottom of the pan. Place the parchment sheet on top of the oiled bottom and then oil the parchment sheet. Set aside.
  2. Beat egg yolks and ⅔ cup sugar until light and thick (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add in vanilla, salt and flour.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar. Continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining ⅓ cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry peaks form.
  5. Fold egg white meringue into egg yolk mixture one third at a time. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Top should spring back when lightly touched.
  7. While the cake is baking, prepare the blueberry filling.
  8. When the cake has cooled to warm (not hot), loosen the edges with a sharp knife. Dust the top lightly with powdered sugar and place a piece of parchment paper on top. Invert the pan with the parchment paper on top onto a cooling rack.
  9. Peel off the oiled parchment paper and let the cake cool completely (about 15 minutes).

Blueberry filling

  1. Place all ingredients except lemon curd in a medium sauce pan. Heat on medium high until blueberries soften and mixture thickens (about 5 minutes). Smash most of the blueberries with a spoon while heating.
  2. Remove from heat and add lemon curd. Refrigerate until ready to spread on cake.


  1. Spread blueberry filling over the top of the cake leaving about 1 inch at the end (it will fill in when you roll the cake).
  2. Beginning at the other end of the cake, roll the cake. I started rolling the cake like I would some wrapping paper for one turn. Then I used the parchment paper to finish the rolling by just lifting up the end.
  3. You can tighten the roll by folding the parchment paper around the outside of the cake so that both ends of the parchment paper touch on the side with the seam. Place a ruler (or straight edge) on the top sheet of parchment paper near the bottom of the cake (it should be parallel to the cake). Hold the bottom sheet and push the ruler (and top parchment paper) under the bottom of the cake.
  4. Wrap the cake in the parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, place cake on serving plate and remove parchment paper. Dust with powdered sugar and/or top with whipped cream and fresh blueberries.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician for specific dietary needs.

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