Jelly Roll | Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good Day
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  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄3 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 jar of strawberry or raspberry jelly
  • confectioners' sugar and coconut shavings for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F/ 190°C.
  2. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Roll out waxed paper and press into pan, then spray with cooking spray again.
  4. In a mixer, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light in colour.
  5. Add in the vanilla and water.
  6. In another bowl sift together the flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda, before adding to the wet mixture.
  7. Mix until just smooth.
  8. Pour the batter evenly onto the baking tray.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Dust a clean tea towel (cotton/linen) generously with powdered sugar.
  11. Remove the baking tray from the oven, and turn the cake upside down on to the tea towel.
  12. Peel off the waxed paper and roll the cake and tea towel (shortest end) into a roll. Trim the ends for a neat finish.
  13. Let it cool for half an hour before gently unrolling and covering the inside of the cake with jelly, edge to edge.
  14. Roll back up and sprinkle with powdered sugar and coconut shavings before serving.
Recipe adapted from between Betty Crocker and
Recipe by In Literature at