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Apple Butter Cake Roll

This is a new take on a pumpkin roll. Her spicy gingerbread cake might make you think back fondly to Christmas at Grandma's! —Debbie White, Williamson, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups apple butter


  • Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining flour and sugar; add the cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cloves and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, butter, molasses and water. Add to dry ingredients and beat until blended. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Unroll cake; spread apple butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared apple butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 186 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Debbie
    Dec 7, 2019

    Looks fantastic will be adding this to my week night recipes

  • sgronholz
    Jan 20, 2019

    What a great recipe! I substituted my homemade pear butter for the apple butter, which was delicious.

  • maritab
    Apr 26, 2013

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  • CinCin57
    Dec 23, 2009

    This roll was very easy to prepare and had wonderful gingerbread flavor. It was a big hit at work and with family. I did tweak the recipe a little, because I can't help myself. I used freshly ground spices and I added 8 ounces of cream cheese to the apple butter. The result was delicious. Thank you much for this change from a pumpkin roll for the holidays!