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Lemon Roll – Tronchetto al Limone

Lemon Roll - Tronchetto al Limone
Lemon Roll – Tronchetto al Limone

I participated at a healthy cake baking competition at work and got 3rd place with this lemon roll (aka tronchetto al limone). I adapted the original recipe I got from my friends Giovanna and Paola and made it gluten and dairy free.


for the tronchetto:

3 free range Columbus eggs
60 gr gluten free flour
80 gr unrefined sugar
grated lemon peel
vanilla pod
a pinch of salt

for the lemon cream:

1 free range Columbus egg
75 gr unrefined sugar
25 gr cornflour
150 cl carbonated mineral water
lemon juice from 1 lemon
lemon skin (roughly sliced)


  • Separate yolks from whites
  • Add a pinch of salt to the whites and beat till stiff. Add 30 gr sugar when the whites start getting stiff
  • Mix yolks with the rest of the sugar, add grated lemon peel and sieved flour
  • Add the whites little by little and mix slowly
  • Put a parchment on a tray and spread the batter evenly in a rectangular shape to form a thin layer of sponge cake
  • Bake the sponge cake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes
  • Lay the sponge cake with the parchment on a wet tea towel and roll it while removing the parchment
  • Wrap the roll back in the parchment and the wet tea towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.

In the meantime prepare the cream:

  • Mix lemon juice, egg, sugar, sieved flour, mineral water
  • Cook it a bain-marie with the lemon skin and stir regularly until stiff


  • Unwrap the roll, remove the lemon skin from the cream and spread it inside the roll. Keep 1 cm free on each side
  • Roll the tronchetto, clean overflowed cream, wrap it in a clean parchment and keep it in the fridge for 2 hours
Lemon Cream
Tronchetto with Cream Before Wrapping
Rolling the Tronchetto
Wrapping the Tronchetto
Wrapping the Tronchetto