Looking for a fun twist on carrot cake? You will love this delicious carrot cake roll filled with homemade cream cheese frosting!

Spring is finally here and we’re loving it! As the weather warms and Easter approaches, this carrot cake roll with cream cheese filling has become a much-requested dessert. 

Flavorful carrot cake spiced with cinnamon and rolled up around a filling made of whipped cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla…sign me up! For sure, carrot cake roll is fantastic for Easter dinner, but you’ll want to serve it for a picnic, birthday party, bridal or baby shower, a potluck dinner, or just to enjoy with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

cake roll with cream cheese frosting

What ingredients do I need?

To be ready to make your carrot cake roll, here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour and sugar.
  • Baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Ground cinnamon. Saigon cinnamon is my favorite kind to bake with.
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature – Leave the eggs on your counter for 30 minutes before you begin mixing up the cake so they reach room temperature. This helps them mix into the cake better.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil. Melted coconut oil would also be delicious in this carrot cake roll.
  • Finely grated carrots – You’ll need 1 ¾ cup of finely grated carrot. It’s best to grate the carrots before you begin making the cake so they’re ready to add when needed.
  • Powdered sugar. This doesn’t go in the cake, but rather gets dusted overtop the cake roll.

For the homemade cream cheese frosting, you’ll just need cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and salt.

How to Make Carrot Cake Roll

Making a homemade cake roll may look intimidating, but as a friend showed me over 20 years ago, it is actually very easy. The one challenge is rolling the cake, but I will walk you through that process below so you know exactly what to do!

Prep work. Start by preparing a 10×15-inch jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet with raised edges) with parchment paper, allowing extra to hang over the sides of the pan. Spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray for extra protection against the cake sticking. Set this aside and move on to mixing up the cake.

dry ingredients for cake roll in a bowl

Mix. In a medium mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients. Next, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for 1 minute. The mix in the oil.

Now you can add the dry mixture and stir well. Add the finely grated carrots and mix gently by hand. Be careful to not overmix the cake batter at this point!

shredded carrots in cake batter

Bake. Pour the cake batter onto the prepared jelly roll pan and spread it gently edge to edge. Bake at 350F for about 10-12 minutes. Quick, right? Be sure a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake. If it’s not ready by 12 minutes, just keep baking and checking every minute until the cake is done.

cake roll on powdered sugar towel

Roll. As soon as you remove the cake from the oven, turn it out onto a clean kitchen towel that has been very generously dusted with powdered sugar. The sugar helps prevent the cake from sticking to the towel. Fold the end of the towel up over one of the short ends of the cake, then begin rolling the cake tightly into the towel. When you have the cake all rolled up, set it aside to cool completely to room temperature inside the towel. This usually takes about 45 minutes.

how to roll a cake roll

Make the frosting. While the cake is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting by beating together softened cream cheese and butter. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix until completely combined and the frosting is smooth and creamy. Do try to avoid eating it all with a spoon right now because you need it to fill the cake roll!

Assemble. Once completely cooled, gently unroll the cake from the towel and make sure it is fully released on all sides from the towel. Dollop the frosting onto the inside of the cake roll, then very carefully roll the cake back up. Transfer the carrot cake roll to a serving dish, then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set the filling.

Carrot Cake Roll

Looking for a fun twist on carrot cake? You will love this delicious carrot cake roll filled with homemade cream cheese frosting!


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour 98 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 6 grams
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 134 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 grams
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ¾ cups finely grated carrots 230 grams
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 grams
  • 2 cups powdered sugar 203 grams


  • Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Line a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet with a raised edge) with parchment paper. Allow the parchment paper to come at least 1 inch above the sides of the pan for easy lifting the finished cake from the pan. Spray the parchment paper in the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle a large, clean kitchen towel very generously with powdered sugar (use at least ½ cup). Set aside for as soon as the cake is out of the oven.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for 1 minute at high speed.
  • Add the vegetable oil and mix just until combined.
  • Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir gently just until combined.
  • Fold in the grated carrots.
  • Spread the cake batter evenly into the prepared jelly roll pan, spreading all the way to the edges. Bake for 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (do not under bake).
  • As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn the cake out of the pan onto the sugared towel. Peel away the parchment paper carefully.
  • Immediatelty fold the end of the towel over one of the short ends of the cake. Roll the cake up into the towel, starting at the short end. Set the cake aside to cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes.
  • While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined and the frosting is creamy.
  • Very gently, unroll the cooled cake roll and be sure it is fully released from the towel. Spread the frosting onto the cake, edge to edge. Re-roll the cake gently. Transfer the cake roll to a plate, seam side down.
  • Chill the cake roll in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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