I’m not saying that you should totally ignore chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But…why not also include a cake that is more fun to make with a partner: the Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll! If you’ve ever made a Jelly Roll cake at home, you know that it can be hard to handle the rolling of the cake while baking solo–so why not employ your Valentine with this most delicious task? You’ll be rewarded with a delicately spongy cake which gives way to a rich, deliciously smooth white chocolate peanut butter filling, beautifully paired with sweet strawberry jelly. Bonus points if you roll it into the shape of a heart! This is an adaptation of a classic Jelly Roll recipe I discovered in Taste of Home.
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Yield: 10 servings
For the cake
1¼ cups cake flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 eggs, separated
¼ cup water
1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting work surface and cake
For the filling
1 jar (12 ounces) Seriously Strawberry jam /span>
1 jar (16 ounces) White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter
1 stick (½ cup) butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a greased 15” x 10” x 1” baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside.
3. Place the egg whites in large bowl. Set aside for the moment.
4. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and water on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick, and lightened in color. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the granulated sugar. Mix well.
5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the yolk mixture and mix well. The batter will be very thick.
6. In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high speed, until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into the rest of the batter. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Invert onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off the waxed paper. Starting from either of the shorter sides, roll the cake toward the center, so that each end rolls once, inward, to form a heart. I won’t lie: this part is easier to do with a partner, each of you rolling from either side. If you don’t have a towel handy, you can do this with parchment or waxed paper, too.
8. You have to let it set like this for a while. You’ll want to set something heavy on either side so it will stay in this shape. Perhaps…an army of Peanut Butter & Co. jars? If not, books will do. Let cool completely like this–2 hours or so. You need to do this so the cake “stretches”–if you let it cool then tried to roll it, it would crack.
9. While the cake cools, prepare the peanut butter filling. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter with the butter until it is very smooth and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes on medium speed. Reduce the speed to low; add the confectioners’ sugar gradually, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
10. Unroll cake; spread evenly with jelly, and the peanut butter mixture on top. Roll back up into a heart; dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired, before slicing and serving.
PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY
CakeSpy combines White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter with strawberry jam. What favorite Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter jelly combo would you use in this recipe?
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