Japanese Strawberry Roll Cake

This roll cake is made of fluffy French style sponge cake but arranged in a Japanese way, filled with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 

I used only strawberries for today but I’d like to know what kinds of fruits you want to use. While I was backpacking in more than 40 countries, I saw many different kinds of fruits which I had never seen in my life before. It was so interesting, of course I tried as much as I could. Please share with me what fruits you prefer for this roll!

If you want to learn more about Japanese roll cake, you can find my online Japanese roll cake course below.

>>Japanese Pastry Course #4 Japanese Roll cake



Strawberry Roll Cake

Servings 6 people


French Sponge Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 90 g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 90 g (3/4 cup) all purpose flour
  • powdered sugar

Crème Chantilly

  • 240 ml (1 cup) whipping cream
  • 18 g (1+1/2 tbsp) cater sugar
  • Fresh strawberries - remove the stems


French Sponge Cake

  1. Line a baking tray (30cm/11.8inch square baking tray) with baking paper. Prepare a piping bag with a round tip. Preheat an oven at 210°C/410°F. Sift the flour on another piece of paper and set aside.

  2. Separate eggs into the whites and yolks, make sure no egg yolk gets into the egg whites. Put the egg whites into a mixing bowl.

  3. Add about one pinch of sugar into the egg white, then start whipping with the highest speed. Add the rest of sugar at two different times while you are making the meringue. Make the meringue at firm peaks.

  4. Once the meringue whipped properly, add the egg yolk, and just mix it a little.

  5. Add the flour little by little and mix with the rubber spatula from bottom to top. Try to mix the batter as little as possible to prevent the cake from becoming dense. When you can’t see the flour anymore, you should stop mixing.

  6. Transfer the batter into the piping bag, then pipe the batter with the same thickness line onto the baking tray. Pipe the batter onto all over the tray.

  7. Sprinkle the powdered sugar generously over the batter. After one pass with sugar, much of the sugar will be absorbed, so go back over with one more sprinkling of powdered sugar.

  8. Reduce the oven temperature to 190°C/375°F. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the surface looks to be dry and little crispy. You only need to cook until slightly golden. Transfer the sponge cake onto the rack immediately then place another baking paper onto the sponge cake. Let it cool at room temperature.

Crème Chantilly

  1. Put the whipping cream and caster sugar in a mixing bowl, whip until stiff peaks. Keep the cream in the fridge until just before use.


  1. Remove the baking paper from the bottom of the cake. Place browned side down, on a new piece of baking paper. Spread two-thirds of the cream onto the sponge. The rest of the cream is for decoration so keep it in the fridge. Spread a little more cream in the front, then place whole strawberries along the cream in a line to get the same beautiful surface.

  2. Roll the sponge cake over the line of strawberries, and press gently to create the center of the roll. Holding the sides of the paper with both hands, you can pull the paper to help roll the sponge cake. Do not pull the sponge cake. Gently press again to try to make a beautiful roll shape. Make sure the edge of the sponge cake remains on the bottom.

  3. Allow the cake to cool completely rolled up in the baking pepar. Place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour until cutting.

  4. Decorate with the rest of cream and strawberries.

Helpful Tips

I often prepare one whole roll for a dinner party or when my friends invite me over. We can cut the number of slices depending on how many guests, or cut them larger or smaller depending on how hungry they are.