We are in the doldrums of this brutally cold winter so anything I can make in the kitchen that is reminiscent of summer or a tropical island is what is helping me to get through this polar vortex. Enter Raspberry Coconut Cake Roll.
Just the smell of coconut lifts my spirits because it reminds me of my favorite suntan lotion. Right behind my number one flavor combination, chocolate with coconut, raspberry with coconut is my next favorite coconut combination. The flavors are so light and fresh tasting together.
I have always wanted to try a rolled cake especially when I see pumpkin versions floating around the internet in the fall. I was always so afraid of failure as I assumed the cake would crack into a pieces when I rolled it, so it has taken me until now to put my big girl pants on and give it a try. And let me tell you, this Raspberry Coconut Cake Roll truly is easier to make than you would think!
I have included step-by-step photos to teach you how to make and assemble this Raspberry Coconut Cake Roll so that hopefully you will not be intimidated like I was to make the light, fluffy cake. The frosting is literally like biting into a cloud and was so much fun to work with. If you are not a coconut fan, sliced almonds would be a nice substitute for an outer coating for the cake.
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula
Bake cake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 12 minutes
Quickly flip the pan upside down onto the parchment and lift off the pan
Peel off the parchment paper that was baked onto the bottom for the cake
Beginning at one of the short sides of the cake, begin rolling the cake up into the parchment paper; cool for 15 minutes
Carefully unroll the cake and spread jam onto cake leaving about a 1-inch border around the cake
Roll back up carefully (without the parchment paper) and place onto serving dish
Prepare frosting, spread onto cake and gently press coconut onto frosting
On a side note, I have been reading Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding for book club this week and I just can’t get her voice out of my head as I write! I have not read the two previous books, but let me tell you if you are looking for a quick and literally laugh-out-loud book to pass the time while you wait for spring to arrive, I would highly recommend this book! Have you read any good books lately?