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Roly Poly Santa Cake

Roly Poly Santa Cake

A festively-decorated cake that looks like a Roly Poly Santa.MORE+LESS-

Updated September 6, 2017

Body and Head


box (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ vanilla or yellow cake mix


teaspoon vanilla extract

Hat, Legs, and Arms


box (15.25 oz) Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ vanilla or yellow cake mix


teaspoon vanilla extract



cans (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Frosting Fluffy White

Red and peach (or orange) icing coloring


large brown candy coated chocolates or small rounds of black or brown fondant


large red candy coated chocolate or small round of red fondant

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    Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray two 6-inch round pans with non-stick baking spray. Combine cake mix, milk, melted butter, sour cream, eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on low for 30 seconds, then on medium for 2 minutes. Equally divide batter among the two cake pans.

  • 2

    Bake cakes for 26-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cakes and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Flip out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Repeat the process above to make the second cake mix.

  • 3

    Spray one 6-inch round cake pan, 6 cavities in a jumbo cupcake pan, and 3 cavities in a standard size cupcake pan with non-stick baking spray. Pour 1/3 cup batter into each of the 6 jumbo cupcake cavities and 3 tablespoons of batter into each of the standard cupcake cavities. Pour the remaining batter into the 6-inch round pan.

  • 4

    Place all in oven. Bake small cupcakes for 16-18 minutes. Bake jumbo cupcakes for 18-20 minutes. Bake 6-inch round cake for 26-30 minutes. Allow all to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan, set on cooling rack and cool completely.

  • 5

    Cut 4 half-circles out of one of the 6-inch rounds, creating notches large enough for 1 jumbo cupcake to be inserted.Set the cut cake on the lower third of the cake board, creating Santa’s body. Set 1 jumbo cupcake into each notch, creating the tops of the legs and arms.

  • 6

    Cut a notch out of the 2 cupcake legs, large enough for another jumbo cupcake to be inserted. Set 1 jumbo cupcake within each notch.

  • 7

    Cut a notch out of the 2 cupcake arms, large enough for a small cupcake to be inserted. Set 1 small cupcake within each notch.

  • 8

    Cut a notch out of 1 6-inch round cake large enough for another 6-inch cake to be inserted.Carve the cake so it is more dome-shaped, cutting off the sharp edges on top. This will be Santa’s head and will attach to the body.

  • 9

    Cut the remaining 6-inch cake into Santa’s hat, leveling and carving as needed. Cut the remaining small cupcake into a smaller ball for the tip of Santa’s hat.

  • 10

    Color 1 1/2 tubs of frosting bright red. Color 1/2 tub frosting a light skin color using peach or orange icing coloring. Spoon colored frosting into disposable pastry bags. Cut tip off bags. Pipe a small amount of frosting in between the cake pieces to attach them together. Pipe red frosting over Santa’s body, upper arms, upper legs, and hat. Pipe light skin-toned frosting over the hands, feet, and face. Smooth frosting out using a metal spatula.

  • 11

    Attach 2 large candy-coated chocolates for the eyes and 3 for the buttons on Santa’s suit.

  • 12

    Spoon white frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a jumbo star tip. Pipe white frosting fur around the hat, fur ball, beard and mustache. Add one red nose.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;

Carbohydrate Choice

4 1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Here comes Santa Claus! He's roly poly and adorably sweet and will make a whimsical addition to your Christmas party or dinner.This cute cake was inspired by Sugar and Charm's Roly-Poly Santa Cookies. Similar to the cookies, this Santa is pieced together with several different sizes of cupcakes and cakes. It's carved, assembled, then frosted so it looks just like you used a shaped cake pan.You can use the baking and assembling instructions as a guide to make your own version of the jolly old elf. If you don't have the exact pans listed, just bake two 9x13-inch cakes and cut out the needed shapes. Once the cakes are frosted, no one will see the individual pieces anyway (it’ll just look festive and fun).This cute, red-nosed Santa cake is ready to be set on your dessert table!

Jam roly poly cake

The jam roly poly is part of a long tradition of British puddings that are traditionally made with suet, rolled and then steamed. It started in the early nineteenth century when puddings were typically made more savoury than sweet. To this day the roly poly cake holds a special place in the heart of the British.

Our roly poly cake

We’ve updated this classic British dessert by removing the suet and making it simpler and easier to put together.

Our cake is a light, spongy and full of flavour, all wrapped up around our Raspberry chia jam (although you can use any jam that you prefer for the filling).

We’ve also ditched the tradition of steaming the cake and preferred oven baking.

This jam roly poly has all of the fun of jam swirls inside a log of cake, without the stodge!


  • 3 eggs
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 75 grams of self raising flour
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons homemade raspberry chia jam or any other ready made strawberry or raspberry jam
  • Shredded coconut for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8 x 12 inch rectangular tin. Line the tin with baking parchment, and then grease the parchment paper well with butter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and caster sugar for about 10 minutes on high speed. The mixture should be creamy, almost stiff.
  4. Add the melted butter and stir our any lumps.
  5. Sift the self raising flour over the mixture. Gently fold in using a spatula.
  6. Slowly stir in the vanilla and lemon zest.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 12 minutes, or until the top is golden.
  8. Cut a piece of parchment paper larger than the cake tin and lay it on a work surface.
  9. Tip the pan upside down and release the sponge cake (face down) onto the parchment paper.
  10. Spread the jam evenly over the sponge cake, leaving space near the edges. We used our homemade Raspberry chia jam but you can use whichever you prefer.
  11. Using the parchment paper to help you start it off, roll the sponge up staring at a short end until it’s rolled into a log.
  12. Dust with shredded coconut if you like and your jam roly poly cake is ready!

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Watch the video: Jam Roly Poly Recipe. Good Housekeeping UK (January 2022).