Red Velvet Roll-Up Cake

  • 10Servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup + 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • Powdered sugar for topping
  • 1 cup frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Separate egg whites from yolks. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch cake-baking pan. Line bottom of pan with waxed or parchment paper. Grease paper. Set pan aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder; set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. In a medium bowl beat egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and yellow.
  6. Gradually add the 1/3 cup granulated sugar, beating on high speed until sugar is almost dissolved. Beat in food coloring.
  7. Thoroughly wash food coloring off beaters. In a separate medium mixing bowl beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, continuing until thick. Fold egg yolks mixture into beaten egg whites. Sprinkle flour mixture over egg mixture and gently mix until combined. Distribute and spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  8. Bake cake for 12 to 15 minutes or until texture is lightly springy. At this point, loosen edges of cake from pan with a knife or spatula, and turn cake out onto a clean kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  9. Remove waxed paper from cake. Starting from a short side, roll up towel and cake into a spiral (see image). Cool on a wire rack.
  10. For the filling, in a medium bowl fold together whipped topping, sour cream, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Unroll the red velvet cake and remove towel. Spread filling over cake to within 1 inch of the edges. Roll up cake back into a spiral and trim ends. Chill, covered, up to 6 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle cake with additional powdered sugar if desired. Serve in round slices.