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Coconut Cake Roll

This coconut cake roll makes a great centerpiece at a party.  It is filled with a creamy, vanilla, soft filling, covered with frosting and sprinkled with sweetened shredded coconut. You’re going to love this cake! It is an easy and exceptionally delicious sponge cake that has been rolled up with a sweet, creamy, dreamy, delicious filling.

overhead photo of a coconut cake roll with strawberries on top
Coconut Cake Roll

Recently, I was invited to a Norwex party and when the product was described to me I decided to attend.  I am so happy that I did as their products are amazing. 

I was so impressed that I signed up to host a party but I also want to share my discovery with you.  Of course, you may already have heard of the company and are using their products.  Lucky you!

A cake roll on a platter with two slices of cake next to the platter
Coconut cake roll, with soft, vanilla cream filling.

There were eight ladies at the party and I served a coconut cake roll and coffee for our treat.  The cake roll was spread with a creamy filling of cream cheese, sugar and cream, covered with shredded coconut. It was rolled up, and frosted with the same creamy mixture and sprinkled with more shredded coconut.  

The filling also has a touch of coconut flavor to it. The tender, moist cake and the creamy, vanilla- coconut filling make an incredible dessert.

It is the perfect cake to serve at a party. Rolling the cake up into an elegant spiral makes a dazzling presentation. The cake roll is easy to make and will impress your guests.

The secret to a no-crack cake roll:

The cake itself was a recipe that I adapted from Taste of Home  and it did not have butter or any other fat in it.  The light, no-fat sponge cake is the secret to making a crack-free, easy-roll cake roll.  

The filling/frosting is an adaptation of the frosting I used in my Lemon Cream Icebox Cake.  We nibbled on slices of the cake roll while we watched our consultant, Jenny, as she demonstrated the Norwex product line.

process photos showing how to make a coconut cake roll
How to roll the cake

Norwex is an environmentally-friendly company, based in Norway, that has developed products to replace and/or eliminate the use of household chemicals.

This is great news to anyone with allergies or sensitivity to the typical household cleaning products.

It is also a great way to live a more sustainable, conscientious lifestyle. The products are eco-friendly and re-usable. 

A slice of Coconut Cake Roll and a cup of coffee
Coconut Cake Roll and My Norwex Party

Norwex.. An environmentally-friendly product:

I really like the idea of having another option to cleaning rather than bleach, scouring powders and other such chemical-based products that have taken over my life.

Actually, it is surprising that I haven’t burned out my lungs from trying to clean the tile and glass in my shower all these years.

Never again will I have to stand in the shower being asphyxiated by the fumes of the shower cleaner.  Now I use a Norwex chem-free product called Blue Diamond spray, some Norwex Cleaning Paste and my special blue Norwex anti-bac enviro cloth.

For the outside of the glass shower door and all the mirrors I just use the purple Norwex window cloth and hot water, that’s it…..they are streak-free and sparkling.

These are not the same microfiber cloths that are available in Walmart or Target. Norwex has manufactured their microfiber cloths with silver fibers woven in them that gives the anti-bacterial benefits.  I couldn’t believe how clean and streak-free my kitchen windows would be until I tried them.  Just water!

Norwex is a great product!

For the past 4 or 5 years, I have had two mystery spots on my hallway carpet that I have been unsuccessful in removing.  I have used various products, some designed specifically for carpet cleaning and other products for laundry, even some DIY ideas, nothing worked or even reduced the spots. 

Also, I have had professional carpet cleaning companies clean my carpet and apply their products to the spots, still they remained just the same. 

So, when I was told that the blue microfiber enviro cloth and hot water is great for carpet spot removal I had to give it a test try.   Just five minutes with the enviro cloth, hot water, and good old-fashioned elbow grease and those spots are gone!  It has been more than a month and they have not re-surfaced. 

This sounds like an infomercial doesn’t it?   Well, I have to tell you that no one is sponsoring me and I am not receiving any compensation for posting this information. 

It is just that I am really excited about these products and want to share my experience with you. 

Norwex has an ever-increasing list of products, some for household cleaning, laundry, personal care which, incidentally, includes some exciting non-aging products.  Also, they have products for men, sports enthusiasts, and our little kids. 

Our consultant, Jenny, did such a great presentation of the products and answering all of our questions. If you get a chance to attend one of these demo-parties then I think you will find it worthwhile. 

close up photo of a Coconut Cake Roll showing the swirl of cake and frosting

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Coconut Cake Roll

Coconut Cake Roll

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A recipe for a coconut cake roll that is light and not too sweet. It has a filling and frosting of a creamy mixture and covered with shredded coconut. This is an easy recipe that doesn't crack when rolling. A dessert that will put smiles on the faces of your guests!


For the Cake

  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on the cake before rolling in a towel)

For the filling/frosting:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded coconut

To roll the cake

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar


For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper. Spray the paper with non-stick spray; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar and coconut extract; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Stir in water. Combine dry ingredients; fold into egg mixture. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  4. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12-14 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from the oven and loosen the outer edges with a knife.
  5. Dust the top of the cake with confectioner's sugar and place a kitchen towel over the sugar. Place a baking sheet or plastic cutting board over the towel and flip the cake over so the bottom of the cake is on top.
  6. Gently peel off the parchment paper and roll the cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling/frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, add the softened cream cheese, sugar, salt and coconut extract. Whisk together just briefly until smooth and there are no visible lumps. Stop the motor and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. With the mixing speed on low, add the heavy cream and slowly raise the speed and beat until the mixture is thick and creamy and has formed firm peaks.

To assemble the cake roll:

  1. Unroll cake; spread a thick layer of frosting evenly over cake to within 1 in. of edges. Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded coconut. Roll up again and spread the remaining frosting on the outside of the cake roll and sprinkle the remaining coconut on the roll. Place seam side down on a serving platter. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10-12 servings.


  1.  Measure your pan, this recipe calls for a 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. A larger pan will create a much thinner cake which will crack when you roll it up.
  2. * The sides of the jelly roll pan should be at least 3/4 of an inch high.
  3. * Whole eggs will whip up with much more volume if they are brought to room temperature before you whip them. You can bring them to room temperature quickly by placing them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes before you crack them open.
  4. ** Before rolling the cake up into the towel, put a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar on the cake. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the towel.
  5. *Do not use reduced fat cream cheese for the frosting as it will not get thick enough or come to firm peaks when whipped with the cream.
  6. * Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before you start whipping it. Room temperature cream cheese will whip up smooth and creamy while cold cream cheese will leave lumps and chunks in your frosting.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 47gSugar: 37gProtein: 6g

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Janet Cook

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Hello! Thanks for this submission! I’m in the midst of preparing the us dessert and was considering adding sliced strawberries before rolling it back together. Do you think it would cause too much moisture within the roll?

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Fresh strawberries will last for about 2 days inside the cake roll. After that, they start to break down and seep out juices.

Mary Anderson

Monday 20th of December 2021

You indicated the cake can be that with or without filling and frosting? I've baked the cake, but should I fill and frost it the day I need it (3 days from now).

Pat Nyswonger

Monday 20th of December 2021

Hi, Mary...You can freeze the rolled cake, then when ready to serve thaw (not in the microwave) and fill and finish it. I have also served the cake roll, wrapped and froze the leftover portion and it was just as good after thawing. Thanks for your question and Merry Christmas to you.


Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Can I use mascarpone cheese instead of cream cheese and does this cake freeze well completely finished. Thanks

Pat Nyswonger

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

Hi, Arlene! Yes, you could use mascarpone cheese instead of the cream cheese, however, my experience is that mascarpone is softer so I suggest using about 1/4 cup less heavy cream. And yes, you can wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months. Thanks for your questions!


Saturday 24th of April 2021

Wow! This looks yummy. Wondering if I can turn this to a regular cake instead of a cake roll. Will it come out well?

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 24th of April 2021

This will make a pretty small cake. If you want a regular cake we have a coconut layer cake.


Monday 5th of April 2021

Hey! I want to clear white color that's why ıf I use just egg whites;is it create an issue in the cake?

Dahn Boquist

Monday 5th of April 2021

You will need to use 6 egg whites instead of 3 whole eggs and do not add the water. Beat the egg whites with the sugar until they reach stiff peaks. The cake will be a bit dryer but it works well with just egg whites. Sometimes I brush a little simple syrup on the sponge cake before I roll it up to keep it from being so dry but it also tastes good without the syrup.

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