Carrot Cake Roll

Easter is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a delightful dessert to serve your guests, then look no further than this scrumptious Carrot Cake Roll recipe. As the name suggests, it’s a carrot cake that is rolled into a log shape and filled with a delicious Mascarpone cheese frosting.

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s a healthier alternative to traditional carrot cake, which is typically made with more oil. Instead of using a whole cup of oil, this recipe only calls for two tablespoons, which saves you almost 200 calories per serving. This is fantastic news for anyone watching their waistline but still wanting to indulge in some sweet treats this Easter.

To make this carrot cake roll, I used my go-to recipe for Pumpkin Roll, but with a few tweaks. The combination of the moist and flavorful carrot cake with the creamy and tangy Mascarpone cheese frosting is just perfect. 

How to make Carrot Cake Roll

To make this delicious carrot cake roll, start by preparing the carrot cake. In a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to mix the ingredients until they are light and foamy. Next, add the oil and mix well. Then, add the grated carrot and lemon juice, and fold everything together until well combined. Sift the dry ingredients and gently fold them in. Note that the moisture content of the carrots may vary, so if the batter seems too wet, you may need to gradually add another 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of flour until the consistency is just right.

Spread the batter into a greased pan, lined with parchment paper. Bake the cake for about 15 minutes at 350F (180C), until golden brown. Roll it up while still warm in a sugar-sprinkled kitchen towel to cool.

To make the filling, whip some whipping cream with an electric mixer until it forms stiff peaks. In another bowl, beat together some Mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla until smooth. Then, fold the whipped cream into the Mascarpone mixture.

Unroll the cake and spread the filling evenly over the top. Then, carefully roll it back. Dust with more powdered sugar before serving. 

I highly recommend trying this recipe. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and you don’t have to worry about decorating it like a regular cake. Just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, and voila, you have a stunning and delicious dessert that will impress your guests.

Don’t forget to share your experience with me and let me know how it turned out for you and tag me on Instagram if you have the chance. Happy baking!

Other cake rolls you may like to try

This Strawberry Swiss Roll is another delightful cake roll perfect for celebrating spring and summer. It consists of a vanilla sponge cake filled with fresh homemade strawberry jam and cream cheese frosting. This Chocolate Strawberry Swiss Roll blends the flavors and textures of chocolate and strawberries together harmoniously. It consists of a flower-decorated chocolate sponge cake filled with a light filling of white chocolate, whipped cream and diced fresh strawberries. One of our favorite rolls is this Chocolate Mocha Hurricane Roll that not only has this amazing hurricane effect it is also a delightful treat. It consists of a tender and moist layer of sponge cake filled with apricot jam and chocolate coffee ganache.

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Carrot Cake Roll

Carrot Cake Roll

5 from 3 votes
This scrumptious Carrot Cake Roll it's a carrot cake that is rolled into a log shape and filled with a delicious Mascarpone cheese frosting. It's surprisingly easy to make, and you don't have to worry about decorating it like a regular cake. Just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, and voila, you have a stunning and delicious dessert that will impress your guests.
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (135g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 3/4 cup (100g) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • 1 cup (240 ml)whipping cream
  • 8 ounce (250g) Mascarpone cheese , room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup (30g) powdered sugar for the towel and topping


Prepare the carrot cake.

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Butter a 12 X16 inch (30 x 40 cm) baking tray and line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl add eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer until light yellow and foamy. Add oil and mix until well incorporated. Add carrot and lemon juice. Fold until well combined.
    Carrot Cake Roll step2
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg over the bowl. Gently fold the flour in. Carrots may be different each time, either with more juice or dry. For this cake, it is preferable to be drier, but if they are too juicy you may need to add gradually another 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup flour in the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly into the corners using the back of the spatula.
    Carrot Cake Roll step4
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Take a kitchen towel and generously sprinkle it with powdered sugar. This helps the cake not stick to the towel.
  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar.
    Carrot Cake Roll step6
  • While still hot roll the cake up in the towel. You will have to do it while is still hot/warm either wise it cracks. Let cool completely.

Prepare the Mascarpone frosting.

  • Whip the cream with an electric mixer until it forms stiff peaks. In another bowl, beat Mascarpone cheese with powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Fold together.
    Carrot Cake Roll step8
  • Unroll the cake and spread the filling evenly over the cake.
  • Roll the cake back up. Sprinkle with more powdered sugar before serving.



Serving: 1 serving out of 10Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 30.3gProtein: 3.1gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 54mgSugar: 21g
Calories: 180kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, carrot cake Mascarpone filling, carrot cake roll, carrot cake with cream cheese filling, Easter recipe, Mascarpone filling, roll recipe

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  1. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen Author says:

    I pin practically every cake roll recipe I see, but I’ve never made one! This might be the first one I make. Love carrot cake and I love that you used mascarpone cheese in the filling. I’m pretty obsessed with it. Happy Easter!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you Christin. Hope you will try it as it is very easy to prepare.. and soo delicious. Happy Easter to you too. 

  2. Maureen Author says:

    I love the idea of a carrot cake roll. Icing on the inside is always wonderful. 🙂

  3. Rosa Author says:

    Very tempting and perfect looking!



  4. Liz Author says:

    What a perfect Easter dessert! And the filling sounds divine!!!

  5. Laura Dembowski Author says:

    What a beautiful dessert! Perfect for any special occasion!

  6. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen Author says:

    What an awesome idea of carrot cake roll. Loved this beautiful cake! 🙂

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I love the roll idea as it is quite quick and delicious. Hope you will try it out 🙂

  7. Hilda Author says:

    Buna ziua.Cate grame de morcovi rasi?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Imi pare rau ca nu i-am cantarit atunci.. am razauit morcovii si i-am masurat cu o cana de 240 ml. Data viitoare o sa masor in grame. 

  8. Cherlyn Author says:

    Love this beautiful cake roll. Carrot cake is always my fav. Gonna try this recipe asap!
    p.s. may i know what type of flour r u using? Thank you

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      So glad to hear you want to try this recipe.. I usually use all purpose flour..  Send me photos via Facebook if you give it a try

  9. I have been wishing for a home-made carrot cake my mom used to bake for us and also for old fashioned a swiss-roll, when I seen this video I believed my hearts desires have been answered. Thanks for posting this amazing video and recipe. My question is, I would like to bake this over the weekend – for Thanksgiving. Do you think the filling will hold if kept in the fridge for 4 days?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes.. it will hold really really well refrigerated. but I don't think it will last that long.. it's so good you can hardly stop from eating:)

  10. bulbul Author says:

    I made this last week with a slight modification to the batter (beating the whites and the yolks separately) and the sponge it came out just beautifully. The filling turned out too thin, which is completely my fault, but the cake turned out absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  11. Hello,
    Can i substitute creamcheese for mascarpone?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Thuy.

      Yes,  sure you can .

  12. Samantha Author says:

    I have attempted to make a carrot cake roll and find the cake to be to wet because of the carrots. Do you do anything to the grated carrots to remove the excess water?

  13. Lillian Author says:

    Would it freeze well, small period of time

  14. Hello, Ella! It looks wonderful and I think it’s taste so good! Carrot cake is one of my favourite! I really want to make it and I have a question. I haven’t canola oil, can I substitute it with other vegetable oil? Thank you, I’m so in love with your recipes!

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Yes, any other vegetable oil will be good. But canola oil, or rapeseed oil, is a flavorless oil, that is why it is good to be used in desserts.

  15. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe. Easy to make and super delicious. I like it much more than the traditional carrot cake, which is too heavy for my taste. This roll its sponge cake is lighter, and me and my friends loved it. 🙂 Thank you, Ella!

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      So happy to hear that Veronika 🙂 Yes, we love this roll too as it is much lighter than the traditional one.

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