Banana Roll Cake: A Sweet Tropical Treat

If you’re looking for a new, tasty dessert to try out, this banana roll cake will leave you feeling blissful and satisfied. Its light, airy texture, subtle sweetness, and tropical flavor, combined with its crowd-pleasing presentation make it a real treat.

What is a banana roll cake?

A banana roll cake is a light and fluffy cake rolled up with a delicious cream and banana filling. It’s a combination of delicately soft sponge cake, lightly sweetened cream and chunks of banana, creating a sweet, creamy and crunchy mouthful.

Ingredients for the Banana Roll Cake

For the Sponge:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3-4 bananas


1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease an 11×17 cake pan and set aside.

2. Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the flour and beat until completely combined. Spread the batter evenly in the greased cake pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Allow to cool completely.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the cream and beat until stiff peaks form.

4. Place the cooled cake onto a parchment paper lined countertop. Spread the cream mixture evenly over the cake.

5. Slice the bananas thin and arrange them evenly over the cream.

6. Roll the cake up, beginning at one of the short ends, carefully peeling away the parchment paper as you roll.

7. Wrap the roll in parchment paper and refrigerate for one hour.

8. Slice the roll and serve.

Unique elements of the Recipe

This recipe draws from culinary traditions from all over the world. From the French sponge cake to the sweet cream and tropical banana, this cake is a delightful combination of flavors and textures. The creamy banana filling and light and fluffy sponge make a perfect balance, while the unique rolling technique creates a stunning presentation.

I first encountered the banana roll cake with my family while vacationing in Thailand. My grandparents served a massive slice of the dessert to us, and the flavor, presentation and simplicity of the recipe combined to make it a memorable event. When I think back, I remember how transporting it felt, as if we were actually sitting right in the middle of a tropical paradise.

So if you’re looking for a dessert that’s delicious, crowd-pleasing, and easy to make, don’t pass up this banana roll cake. Try it next time you have the chance and you won’t regret it. Bon appétit!