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Triple Berry Angel Food Cake Roll (a Red, White and Blue dessert)

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12 servings

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This Triple Berry Angel Food Cake Roll is an easy red, white and blue dessert (or just red and white!) for the 4th of July or Canada Day, or any day! Perfect with fresh summer strawberries, raspberries and blueberries 🙂 Includes step by step recipe video.


long image of triple berry angel food cake roll with lots of berries on top and pink title

So I had these grand plans to make you a chocolate cake roll.

I had made cake rolls. They were easy.

I figured I’d start with my favorite chocolate cake roll, and roll it up like you do a cake roll, and it would just work. (<– this attitude gets me in trouble more than you might think)

triple berry angel food cake roll whole on white platter with strawberries blueberries and raspberries

So I made my chocolate cake. And I rolled it up. When I unrolled it, it was in about 8 different pieces — it had cracked like crazy! I made it again. I rolled it up again. Once again — about 8 different pieces of cake that would definitely not be rolling back up. The cake is so moist and delicious, I have no idea why it wouldn’t unroll in one piece. Too much moisture maybe?

Since I was totally inspired by this Strawberry Shortcake Roll from Dorothy of Crazy for Crust — she is the queen of cake rolls, friends — I thought maybe I’d do something vanilla. I had made cake rolls with angel food cake before and they had turned out so well, so maybe I’ll go that route.

slice of triple berry angel food cake roll on white plate with gold fork on the side

And because there is nothing better than fresh berries with angel food cake and whipped cream, and it’s May, and the whole red, white and blue orrrrr red and white thing (maybe you know I’m a proud Canadian, but I also have plenty of proud American friends here!)…. this is what we got.

The whole cream cheese whipped cream thing is a totally unintentional similarity between Dorothy’s and my own (surely you’ve heard of my love affair with cream cheese or you saw this awesome No Bake Lemon Cheesecake, Best Vanilla Cheesecake or this Brownie Batter Cheesecake?!?), and I can only hope she’ll still love me in the end 😉

slice of angel food cake roll on white plate and whole cake on the side

Tips and Tricks for Making this Triple Berry Angel Food Cake Roll:

  • You don’t need any special equipment for making this cake roll, but you will need a good rimmed baking sheet, a clean kitchen towel and some parchment paper.
  • If you’re not as lame as me and you actually make angel food cake from scratch (and you have a dozen or so eggs to spare, which we never seem to!), feel free to go that route — it should work just as well! I don’t use cake mix often, but angel food cake is one of those things I usually cheat on. Someday I will go for the real deal!
  • You can obviously mix up the filling and the fruit as you desire here — try pudding for a filling, or different sauces or frostings, try strawberries and kiwi or add blackberries, or fresh cherries…. the options are endless! Go nuts 😉
  • This cake roll is best eaten the day it’s made, because the berries won’t last long and it’s difficult to cover without smearing. I made this the day we were heading to a potluck, and I left a happy woman with an empty plate and a ton of rave reviews!


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Triple Berry Angel Food Cake Roll (a Red, White and Blue dessert) + VIDEO

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This Triple Berry Angel Food Cake Roll is an easy red, white and blue dessert (or just red and white!) for the 4th of July or Canada Day, or any day! Perfect with fresh summer strawberries, raspberries and blueberries ? Includes step by step recipe video.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 342cal


  • 1 Angel Food Cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
  • 1/4 cup + ¾ cup powdered sugar divided
  • 8 oz light cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 35%
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries diced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line the bottom of a 10x15x1″ rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (make sure that it lays flat on the bottom). Do not grease the pan.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden and the edges start to crack. *NOTE: It will rise up in the pan significantly, even over the top. But even though it gets high it should not flow over — if you’re concerned, slip an extra baking sheet or a piece of foil underneath just in case.
  • Loosen cake from the edges of the pan while it’s still warm — it’s going to be a little sticky, like angel food cake is, but it will come away easily.
  • Spread out a clean kitchen towel and sprinkle evenly with ¼ cup powdered sugar. Flip warm cake out onto the towel, peel off the parchment paper and immediately roll up starting at the short end, WITH the towel inside. Let cool completely (at room temperature for 1-2 hours or pop it in the fridge or freeze momentarily if you’re impatient like me! You don’t want it hot inside when you add your filling.)
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add ¾ cup powdered sugar, vanilla and cream and beat on low until combined, then on high for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and stiff peaks form.
  • Unroll cooled cake (you can just leave it laying on the towel) and spread with half of the filling and top with half of the berries. Carefully roll back up (this time without the towel!) and place on a serving plate. Spread top and sides with remaining filling and top with remaining berries. Serve immediately (leftovers are best eaten within 24 hours).

Nutrition Information

Calories: 342cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 557IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Bea says

    I made this cake for our family birthdays and it was a huge hit, I served some of the leftover filling as a topping and everyone raved about it! The flavor is truly spectacular.
    I had an issue when I unrolled the cake, the end was definitely too moist, any idea what might have caused that? I just cut off the piece that was wet and rolled what remained. I did roll it up immediately after I removed it from the oven? I am thinking that my oven might not quite be right?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Bea! Was the cake chilled completely? Was it wrapped or covered after rolling? If it was covered while warm you can get some condensation which may make it too moist. If it is light brown, puffy and looks dry on top it should be completely cooked.

  2. Joe says

    I love different cheesecakes. Blueberry is my fave. But the majority of times someone puts too much cream cheese in it, or at least it tastes like too much cheese.
    Anyway, I like cooking more than baking.
    Coincidentally, I just did your Slow Cooker Pot Roast. I went with the 4 hour version on high.
    OMG. So tasty. I tweaked a few things but your recipe was the heart of the flavor. As I was scrolling down to read, this video of Triple Berry Cheesecake was looking at me. Just watching it stopped me from scrolling. Long story short, I decided to give it a try. The loaf version intrigued me.
    LITERALLY the best cheesecake I ever had.
    I was hesitant about trying it cause I don’t really bake but this cheesecake changed my tune. I added some left over canned peaches (cut into chunks) a banana and some butterscotch syrup.
    This recipe was truly the best light tasting cheesecake I ever had.
    ABSOLUTELY Amazing.

  3. Barbara R. says

    how far ahead can you make this? I am having a dinner this evening and making this in the afternoon. I don’t want to be in the kitchen after dinner to put this together.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It will actually slice better if it is prepared a bit in advance and refrigerated, so that isn’t a problem 🙂 I would prepare it up to 12-24 hours in advance

  4. Trish Frazier says

    Can’t wait to try it! We used to have a bakery that made this and I miss it so much I hope this works thanks again

  5. jennifer harper says

    I will say …. I had to make the frosting twice. If you over beat it will curdle and thin out. It only took me a minute to beat. Also, if you refrigerate it to cool, it may harden like mine did. I think it is best to let it cool at room temp. It was delish!

  6. Alexis says

    I just bought the ingredients to make this including the sheet pan. The depth is only like 3/4 inches but the right size otherwise. I pray it’s ok and won’t overfill!

  7. Hännah says

    I would like to make this a day or two ahead of time. Can I freeze it after I roll it up from the oven? And then defrost and put frosting and berries the day I serve it?

  8. Lindi says

    Hi Ashley, I made this recipe as per the instructions and it turned out wonderfully- my guests raved about it. I was wondering, next time I make it could I make the same cake but instead put lemon curd as the filling, with berries?

  9. Michele Wilson says

    I finally made this for the first time, took the boxed angel food cake out of the oven and rolled it right up. When I went to unroll it, it was condensed down and hard. I loved the concept and look and great filling and berry flavor, but you couldn’t even cut the cake with a fork. What can I do next time to try it again?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that! I would just try not to roll it tightly, and roll it without squishing the cake. It doesn’t have to be rolled tightly, it just has to be rolled to keep its shape.

  10. Mimi says

    When making pumpkin rolls you can roll it up in the parchment paper it was baked in immediately after removing from oven. Can you do the same with the angel food cake?

    It’s less sugar and mess. Thank you!

  11. Linda K says

    Hi! Help!! I only have pans in sizes 11×17 and 9×13. Would you recommend the larger or smaller..? I’m hoping to make the roll this weekend for a family birthday. Thanks!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You can definitely use whipped cream instead but it won’t have quite as long a shelf life and you’ll want to serve it sooner. You can also use frozen berries, but I’d drain them really well so they are not too liquidy.

  12. Brooke says

    Amazing! Just made two of these for our large family dinner and they turned out perfect! They are stunning… and taste delicious. Thanks for posting!

  13. Chae Torres says

    We loved the taste, but the filling never whipped. It was too runny so I had to just cut the cake and pour the filling over it. It was good, but the presentation very lacking and not like the beautiful picture at all. Could I leave out the cream and just use more sugar? My cream cheese was room temperature, but maybe got too warm?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Can you tell me what percentage of fat your cream was? I’ve never had a problem with it whipping until thick and I’ve made quite a few of these the same way. It’s important that you whip with an electric mixer after you have already beaten the cream cheese. Make sure the cream is cold when you add it, and beat on high speed until thickened. It can take a few minutes!

      • Alysia Duke says

        I had this same problem. It tastes great but curdled.
        Your instructions say low speed. Could that have been the problem?
        Heavy cream is 7% fat

        • Ashley Fehr says

          It says to beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until thick and fluffy. I think misunderstanding of the instructions could have been the problem. Cream will not whip on low speed, and there is really no way to curdle cream unless you are adding heat of some sort. Heavy cream is at least 33% fat.

  14. Alissa says

    Can I just use cool whip instead of whipping cream? If I do then do I omit the vanilla and confectionary sugar?

  15. Lola says

    Made this gorgeous dessert for Mother’s Day and it was so delish!! Everyone loved it! Followed the recipe word for word and it turned out exactly like the picture. Thanks for a recipe that’s a keeper?

  16. Vera says

    This is, by far, the most amazing dessert I have ever had. It’s a little time consuming, but so worth the effort! When I have come up short on time, I have just frosted pieces of angel food with this frosting and topped with the fruit! I did make the cake one time and left it rolled in the towel too long – it got a little tough. I assume that was all the moisture from the warm cake. Anyway, lesson learned! I LOVE THIS DESSERT! It’s on my menu for Easter dinner! Thanks for sharing!

  17. ERIKA FRANZ says

    I used a 10x15x1 pan but my cake mix was all the way to the top , looks way to think it has been in the 0ven about 30 minute now and is golden brown but not cracking at all and it all puffed over the backing sheet

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It’s okay for it to puff up and bake over the edge a bit! It should still stay in the pan. It may or may not crack — if it’s golden brown and springy to the touch it is done!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m sorry to hear that Deb! I would make sure your cream cheese is room temperature so that it whips smoothly, but otherwise I can’t think of a reason it would do that.

  18. Andrea Scott says

    I made the angel food from scratch cause that’s the way I am. I rolled it warm from the oven. When I unrolled it to frost it and put the fruit in it it cracked. Should I have left it flat until it was frosted and filled, then rolled it? It didn’t roll easily with all that fruit in it.
    IT was still a big hit. I plan to try it again.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Andrea! I think it may be your angel food cake recipe, as I’ve only made it with angel food cake mix which is pretty consistent and I’ve never had any cracks. I find that any extra moisture in the cake will result in cracking, so your recipe may have a little extra moisture than a store bought mix. I’m glad that it was still enjoyed!

  19. Erin H says

    What’s the best way for me to do this if I need it for tomorrow afternoon but don’t have time to do it all in the morning? If I bake the cake tonight how should I store it? Still rolled up covered on the counter or in the fridge

  20. Patti K says

    The presentation of this desert is delicious. I made it today to take to school for my department colleagues. Of course I split it in half, leaving some for hubby and I (have to be sure it’s ok to eat): absolutely delicious. For those counting calories-344 per serving.

  21. Sophie Alban says

    For your chocolate cake roll try a chocolate sponge cake, they are made for rolling. You can refer to a buche de noel recipe for context.

  22. Dianne says

    This looks amazing! I’m always looking for beautiful desserts that are fairly easy to bring to football tailgates, and this one fits the bill. Since I live in Michigan, there won’t be any local fresh berries, so I think I’ll try using some sauteed apples in the filling, and then a caramel sauce to drizzle over the top as I serve it!

  23. Fran Stowe says

    I make a chocolate roll cake using a sponge cake type recipe, uses 3 eggs, yolks get mixed with sugar cocoa and cornflour, then stiffly beaten egg whites are added. Handles just like an angel food cake mix and just as delicious. I will have to try filling it with berries and have the best of both worlds!

  24. Michele says

    You can also make a simple mousse with pudding mix and heavy whipoing cream – whatever flavor you prefer.

  25. Kayley says

    Can you make the roll with berries inside leave the top off till serving to allow this to last longer?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It’s the berries that will spoil first, as they will get soft (mostly the strawberries). You could probably skip the strawberries and it will last a little longer, but I likely wouldn’t store it more than 24 hours.

  26. Melanie Barton says

    Might want to add some lemon curd to the whipped filling. Just sayin’.

    You could also use a little raspberry liquor.

    I do cream cheese/whipping cream frostings and fillings all the time. And I’ve never measured (which often causes small issues) — and I use very little sugar in those. Often I just use ordinary white sugar instead of confectioners.

  27. Melissa Storms says

    This looks amazing and I think I will be able to use my own strawberries and some of the delicious wild raspberries we pick, we pick lots of wild blueberries too but the timing would be off to have all 3 fresh together. I am always looking for recipes to use our strawberries and the wild berries…this looks like a winner to me. You could add a little baking cocoa to the cream cheese mixture if you are looking for chocolate taste. This looks perfect to me as is though, so glad it came across my FB feed.

  28. Claire Peucker says

    I was wondering if you know of a good angel cake recipe I could use for this? Unfortunately angel food cake mix isn’t sold here in Australia, apart from a couple of American stores (which are sold out at the moment). I used a recipe to make it not long ago but the cake broke up when I unrolled it. I’m not sure if I used the wrong recipe or if I did something wrong.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      You can use nothing, you’ll just have to pull it from the pan and will have a little more clean up. I’d use a little non stick spray! Usually when making angel food cake you would use a pan with no parchment or non stick.

  29. Ruth says

    A terrific recipe. Works exactly as described and certainly easy with the angel food cake mix. A big hit with the family.

  30. Debbie says

    I will be making this for friends coming for lunch. Can I bake the cake day before and leave it rolled and refrigerated? And what about the filling- can that be made ahead? Thank you it looks delicious

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