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Lemon Swiss Roll Cake

Pistachio Lemon Roll Cake

Pistachio Lemon Roll Cake is a homemade lemon sponge cake that is rolled, filled, and then covered in cream. Perfect for springtime!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Roll Cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 326kcal
Author Lauren Brennan


For the Sponge Cake:

For the Filling:

For the Topping:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a half sheet pan with high sides with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, crack in eggs and stir with the whisk attachment until frothy. With the mixer on, slowly spoon in sugar until it's all incorporated. Whisk 10 minutes or until pale yellow, thick and ribbons form that fall back into the mixture.
  • Sift flour overtop of egg and sugar mixture, add zest and lemon extract on top of the flour and carefully fold in to create an even batter with a rubber scraper.
  • Carefully pour into prepared pan and tilt pan to move batter into the corners and spread evenly. Bake 15-18 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cake springs back when touched gently. (shouldn't be sticky at all.)
  • Let the cake cool 3 minutes or so before rolling: dust a clean kitchen towel generously with powdered sugar. Flip cake onto kitchen towel, peel back parchment paper and roll, folding the kitchen towel in with the roll. Let cake cool completely.
  • For the filling, mix cream cheese with lemon zest, powdered sugar, lemon extract and vanilla. It should be very thick. Stir in pistachios. Unroll cake and spread the filling evenly over cake. Roll back up, wrap in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator until filling hardens slightly, about an hour or two.
  • Whip heavy cream together with powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Place unwrapped roll cake onto serving platter. Cover with whipped cream and top with more ground pistachios. Store in fridge until ready to serve.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 691IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg