Refreshing Lemon Roll

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It’s about high time for another sponge roll. This time I am offering a refreshing lemon sponge roll, which is perfect for winter days. The vanilla sponge contains lemon zest as well as lemon juice and obiously the same holds true to the filling as well. For the extra kick, we will brush the roll with some lemon syrup.

Saftige Zitronen-BiskuitrolleIf you know me, you will know that I am a huge fan of sponge rolls. For that reason you will find quite a selection on my blog (see below). Actually, I do like sponge in general, I even made a three-tiered wedding cake with sponge cake. I don’t really know why a lot of people have such difficulties with sponge cake. I love the light and fluffy feel of it and that you can combine it with so many different flavors. I put together all the tips and tricks I learned along the way in the blog post how to make sponge batter sucessfully.

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If you are interested in further sponge rolls, how about:

Raspberry cream sponge roll

Raspberry roll

Strawberry roll

Tiramisu roll

Pumpkin roll

Lemon Sponge Roll

Prep Time: 45min Cooking Time: 15min Total Time: 1hr

This lemon sponge roll contains lemon juice and zest in the batter and filling and remains moist by making a simple lemon syrup.


  • Sponge Roll, you will get a lot of tips on making sponge here
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 75 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 30 grams of cornstarch
  • 5 eggs
  • 100 grams of regular sugar

  • Lemon Syrup
  • 40 grams of water
  • 35 grams of regular sugar
  • 35 grams of lemon juice

  • Filling
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 150 grams of heavy cream
  • 60 grams of regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250 grams of mascarpone
  • Icing sugar for dusting and additional lemon slices



You can see how I make sponge cake in this reel. For the sponge roll preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Zest and juice the lemon and set aside. Weigh the flour and cornstarch into a smaller bowl.


Separate the egg yolks and egg whites into two large bowls. Add 50 grams of sugar to the egg yolks and 50 grams of sugar to the egg whites. Beat the egg whites first, you can add a pinch of salt to stabilize. Only beat until soft peaks form. Without cleaning the mixer, now beat the egg yolks and sugar until thicker in consistency and lighter in color. Usually takes a few minutes. Sieve the flour and cornstarch on top of the egg yolk mix. Gently fold in one third of the meringue. Try not to deflate the batter. Then add another third and gently fold in the last third of meringue. Make sure you got all those flour pockets. Spread evenly on the baking sheet and bake for about 12-15min until lightly golden. Do not open the oven door when baking.


Meanwhile spray a kitchen towel with water. Once you take out your roll from the oven, you want to place it on the towel, the parchment paper facing upwards. Do this while the roll is still warm. You can also spray some water on the parchment paper. Gently take off the parchment paper and roll up lengthwise with the towel inside. This way you will avoid cracks. If you wait until the roll has cooled, you will have a much harder time avoiding cracks. If you would like to see how I do it, check out this video.


For the lemon syrup place water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon juice and set aside.


For the filling zest and juice the lemon. Then beat the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla extract until whipping cream. Briefly mix in the mascarpone and lemon zest and juice. Gently unroll the roll and brush with the lemon syrup. Spread evenly the filling afterwards. Roll up lengthwise again. Chill for at least an hour or overnight. Shortly before serving, cut off the ends so that you can proberly see the swirl. Dust with icing sugar and if you like decorate with a few lemon slices.

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  • Reply
    Monday May 2nd, 2022 at 09:21 AM

    Traumschön, formvollendet, raffiniert und verführerisch!

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      Thursday May 5th, 2022 at 07:43 AM

      Danke für deine lieben Worte!

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    Friday May 19th, 2023 at 03:02 PM

    Hallo Jenny,
    vielen Dank für die leckeren Biskuitrollen Rezepte. Auch ich bin ein großer Fan von ihnen. Ich werde in den nächsten Tage eine nach deinem Rezept backen, und dir dann davon berichten.
    Bis dahin liebe Grüße Barbara….von Frankfurt/Main nach München

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