Rolling the cake isn't hard, as long as you follow a few strict rules, but it IS messy with all of the "sprinkle towel with powdered sugar" stuff. That is why I came up with this "NO ROLL JELLY ROLL". I think it is every bit as pretty as the classic jelly roll Grandma used to make but it is MUCH EASIER !!
This is definitely going on my holiday table this year
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon butter extract (see note)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup water (see note)
1 cup CAKE FLOUR
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup jelly or jam (see note)
Preheat oven to 375 then line a 10" x 15" pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with cooking spray, set aside.
Beat the eggs, on high, until very thick and lemon colored (takes about 5 minutes). After five minutes, and while the mixer is still running on high, slowly add the sugar.
Put the butter extract into a 1/3 measuring cup and then fill the cup with water (extract + water should = 1/3 cup). Add the extract-water and vanilla extract to the egg mixture and mix well.
Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt into the egg mixture and beat just until the batter is smooth (I do this step with a whisk).
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated 375 oven for 12-15 minutes (my electric oven takes 15 minutes) or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and slide a sharp knife around the edges of the cake to loosen them. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
Place waxed paper or saran wrap on a cookie sheet (spray the paper/plastic wrap with cooking spray) and turn the cake out onto the cookie sheet. This will help you transport the cake while its still hot. The cake is much easier to cut and handle if its chilled, so I put the cake in the freezer for about half an hour before I tried to cut it.
When you are ready to assemble the cake, slice a VERY THIN edge off of each side of the cake (not necessary, but looks prettier). Cut the cake in thirds.
Place the bottom layer on a serving plate and spread with jam (stir the jam to loosen it up before spreading). Repeat with next two layers.
Spread jam on the top of the cake and then drizzle with vanilla glaze.
1/3 cup melted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons milk
Mix all together with a whisk.
NOTE: This recipe works best with a jam that doesn't have big pieces of fruit in it. Personally, I like Smuckers Simply Fruit; it not only tastes great but its PERFECT for this cake. Just make sure you stir or whisk the jam before spreading it, it will soften up and get smooth.
NOTE: If you do not have butter extract, just double the vanilla extract.
NOTE: This cake gets more moist after it sits for a few hours because the jam sinks into the cake a little.