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Monday, May 13, 2013


Posted by Bryna Bear aka Gluten Free Baking Bear

     This cake is moist, light and flavorful.  You can fill it with just jelly or use jam, preserves or fruit filling.  Whipped cream, frosting, pudding or whipped toppings can also be used to fill the cake either by themselves or with some fruit filling or jelly.  I found  this recipe, Grandma Chrs Jelly Roll, on food.com.  I converted it to gluten free, reduced the sugar and used some almond and vanilla extracts.  
     I just bought some organic strawberries so I decided to use them to make a cooked fruit filling and I also used fresh whipped cream to fill it.  The cake came out well.  The texture is indistinguishable from a cake made with regular white flour.  The strawberry and whipped cream filling has a rich natural flavor and is a fitting homage to Strawberry Shortcake.



4 Eggs
3/4 cup Sugar (I use Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals)
4 Tbs. Water
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
1/2 cup Sorghum Flour
6 Tbs. Tapioca Flour
2 Tbs. Chickpea Flour
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1-3 tbs. Confectioner’s Sugar for dusting


2 cups (pint) Fresh Strawberries - cleaned and cut into large pieces
1/4 cup Sugar (adjust to taste depending upon the sweetness of the fruit)
1 Tbs. Tapioca or Corn Starch*  (*I have been using tapioca starch lately in place of corn starch due to a concern about whether corn starch is GMO free or GF safe.  I find it works the same as corn starch in sauces and baked goods.)
1/4 cup Water


1 cup Heavy Cream
1 Tbs. Confectioner’s Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

  1.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2.   Prepare a Jelly Roll pan (10x15x1-inch) by lining it with aluminum foil and greasing the foil well with butter or margarine.
  3.   In a small bowl add flours, salt, xanthan gum and baking powder and mix well.  Set aside.
  4.   Separate eggs.
  5.   Beat egg whites until they are stiff enough to stand in peaks. Set aside.
  6.   In a large bowl add egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts and water.  Mix well.
  7.   Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and mix together well.
  8.   Fold the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk/flour mixture.
    Folding stiff egg whites into the batter.
  9.   Spread the batter evenly into the prepared Jelly Roll pan.
    Raw batter in the foil lined jelly roll pan.
  10.   Bake until the cake is golden and springs back when pressed lightly with a finger.  Approximately 12-15 minutes depending upon the oven.
    Baked cake.
  11.   While the cake is baking prepare a smooth dishtowel by laying it out on the countertop and dusting it well with confectioner’s sugar.
  12.   When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately invert the cake on to the prepared dishtowel.
  13.   While still hot roll the cake up in the dishtowel starting from the narrow end.
    Hot cake partially rolled up on
     a dishtowel dusted with confectioner's sugar.
  14.   Allow the cake (still rolled up in the dishtowel) to cool completely on a rack, seam side down. I usually line the rack with paper to prevent the rack lines from indenting the cake.  Rolling the cake while hot and allowing it to cool while rolled up will prevent the cake from breaking when you fill it and re-roll it.
    Cake rolled up in a dishtowel cooling on a rack.
  15.   To prepare the strawberry filling, first clean and cut the strawberries into large pieces.
    Strawberries, cleaned and cut into pieces.
  16.   Add the strawberries, sugar, tapioca or corn starch and water to a large saucepan.  Mix well.
    Strawberry mixture cooking.  Note that the liquid is still cloudy.
  17.   Cook over medium heat stirring often and crushing some of the fruit with the back of the spoon.  The filling is done when the corn or tapioca starch is no longer cloudy.  Remove from the heat and allow the filling to cool completely.  Set aside.
    Completely cooked strawberry filling.
    Note that the cloudiness is gone.
  18.   Whip the heavy cream until slightly thick, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until thick.  Do not over beat or you will have butter.

  1.   Unroll the cooled cake.
    Cooled cake unrolled.
  2.   Spread the strawberry filling evenly over the cake.
    Cake spread with strawberry filling.
  3.   Top with the whipped cream and do your best to spread the whipped cream evenly over the strawberry filling.  It will not be perfect to look at, but will taste great.
    Whipped cream spread as evenly as possible.
    (Looks like pizza.)
  4.   Re-roll the cake.  Carefully roll the cake making sure it is rolled tightly enough so that there are no spaces or gaps.  Trim the ends if you like a more finished looking cake.
  5.   Move the cake to a platter and dust with confectioner’s sugar.
    Cake dusted with confectioner's sugar.
  6.   Cut into pieces to serve.
  7.   You can freeze the cake or pieces of cake and then thaw at room temperature before serving.  A slice will take about 20-30 minutes to thaw and a whole cake will take about 1-1 1/2 hours.   
**A thank you to the Baking Beauties and Allergy Free Alaska for hosting a GF Tuesdays link up event!


  1. I love the dish towel method. The jelly roll looks amazing!!!

  2. sue.evanuk@yahoo.comNovember 9, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Im looking to make a yule log for Christmas & this recipe looks good for the cake. Do you think I could use the Robin Hood gluten free flour as a substitute for the tapioca & chick pea flours??

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    2. I think that it would turn out fine with the Robin Hood GF flour replacing the tapioca and chickpea flours. If you want a chocolate Yule log check out the Chocolate Mint Roll Cake recipe on another post. Just use vanilla extract in place of mint extract to make it a regular chocolate roll cake. Hope this is helpful. Let me know how it turns out. ( Here is the url for the chocolate mint roll cake; I could not figure out how to make it a link so you can just cut an paste the url. http://www.glutenfreebakingbear.com/2013/04/gluten-free-chocolate-mint-cake-roll.html)

  3. Oh my Goodness! You are an excellent gluten free cook! Keep up the good recipes!

    1. Thank you healthy1! So happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes.


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