President Calvin Coolidge's Jelly Roll Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 20m
Ready In

Recipe: #41559

September 04, 2023

"Jelly rolls are tricky. The first time you do them watch you tube. lol This is for 2 rolls ? I'm not sure people are acting like it's one, which makes sense as they were feeding a bunch of folks. This was supposed to be President Coolidge's favorite dessert. They didn't have baking powder but every other recipe did so I'm adding it. They didn't have size or flavor of jelly jar so I'm using strawberry (it was strawberry )but raspberry and cherry were also popular at the time. I added cream of tartar because folks did that to stabilize egg whites. President Coolidge had a sweet tooth. And that icing was thick like a log."

Original is 12 servings
  • Whites
  • Cream
  • Dry
  • Filling
  • Icing


  • Serving Size: 1 (357.6 g)
  • Calories 1220.9
  • Total Fat - 76.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 29.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 2663.9 mg
  • Sodium - 459.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 92.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.8 g
  • Sugars - 71.1 g
  • Protein - 41.6 g
  • Calcium - 387.1 mg
  • Iron - 7.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare two (15 “ by 10”) jelly-roll pans; grease and line with parchment paper (not wax paper).

Step 3

Grease again.

Step 4

Beat egg white mixture until stiff.

Step 5

Beat the cream mixture.

Step 6

Add the dry mixture.

Step 7

Fold in egg whites.

Step 8

Pour into prepared pans.

Step 9

Bake for 20 minutes until cake springs back.

Step 10

Take out of oven.

Step 11

Place tea towel onto baking sheet. (You need it larger to have room to roll it.)

Step 12

Generously dust with powdered sugar.

Step 13

Turn out onto tea towel.

Step 14

Remove parchment paper.

Step 15

Place a new sheet of parchment paper on top of the cake.

Step 16

Starting from the 15” side, quickly and gently roll warm cake up into tea towel.

Step 17

Let rest with seam side down.

Step 18

Repeat with the second roll.

Step 19

Cool completely

Step 20


Step 21

Heat 1/4 - 1/2 cup jelly in microwave for about 10 seconds.

Step 22

Consistency should be like thick syrup.

Step 23

Gently unroll jelly roll and spread an even layer of warmed jelly over jelly roll.

Step 24

Let set for about 10 minutes.

Step 25

Add more jelly (not warmed, straight from the jar) to thinly cover the jelly roll.

Step 26

Carefully roll it back up and let set in a cool place (or can refrigerate)

Step 27

Repeat with the second roll.

Step 28


Step 29

Beat butter and sugar add everything else

Step 30

Frost cooled Jelly Rolls.


No special items needed.

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