A Birthday Dessert

I am turning 31. This is crazy. I definitely don’t feel like a 31-year-old. I still love New Kids on the Block for crying out loud. But having a birthday is a great excuse to have dessert. Or should I say extra dessert.

Source: The Keep Calm-O-Matic

Source: The Keep Calm-O-Matic

Of course I made myself a birthday dessert and wanted to try something new.  I came across a recipe for Vanilla Funfetti Cake Roll from Shugary Sweets a while back and thought it would be perfect to try for my first one.  I have never made a cake roll because I find it intimidating. Well that is not accurate. I took a baking class at a local technical high school a few years back and we made one. But I was part of a group working on one recipe and there was an instructor.  I don’t think this counts.  My mom makes a pumpkin roll every fall/winter that tastes amazing and she makes it look so easy.

The recipe calls for a 10×15 jelly roll pan.  Of course I have every size pan but the size that one.  I thought I would try it in a 9×13 pan and hope for the best.  You will see how that turned out.

What I find most intimidating about making a cake roll is using the dish towel and rolling the cake.  I just picture it not going well.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily the cake rolled up.

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After it cooled I had to roll it out to put the filling in.  This is where using the wrong pan size caused a problem.  Because it was smaller than what the recipe called for, the cake was too thick and it started to split.

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I kept going though.  I thought that once it was all rolled up with the fresh whipped cream filling, it would stay as is.

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I was pleasantly surprises that the cake roll stayed put.

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It doesn’t look that bad!  It actually looks pretty good if I say so myself!

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Despite the cracks in the cake, I would say that this cake roll was a success!  I am confident that when I try it again in the correct pan, it will come out perfect.

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This Vanilla Funfetti Cake Roll tasted great!  I can’t wait to try to make more.  I am no longer intimidated!  And of course eating this makes turning 31 a little better.

If you want to give this a try, be sure to check out the recipe here.

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