This is an amazing recipe for a homemade Poppy Seed Roulade. It’s a soft sponge cake roll with poppy seeds and a rich dulce de leche cream topped with toasted coconut and chocolate shavings. It’s an easy Russian dessert roll that is prepared quickly and tastes wonderful.

A roulade is a great way to impress your guests, without having to work too hard. Our berry meringue roulade is another incredible roulade that elevates simple baked meringue.

A slice of Poppy Seed Roulade with a dulce de leche cream on a plate with a spoon.

This poppy seed roulade recipe is everything you could ask for in a cake. The batter for the cake roll is so soft and airy that it melts in your mouth with a perfect hint of poppy seed. The creamy, buttery dulce de leche gives it a rich taste, and the cake is finished off with chocolate shavings and toasted coconuts.

This cake roulade is so appealing once served and makes you want to forget your calorie counts!

Three slices of Poppy Seed Roulade on a plate topped with toasted coconut and chocolate shavings.

How to make a poppy seed roulade-

Prepare the sponge-like poppy seed cake roll.

Side note, resist the urge to eat the cake before it’s assembled. The temptation will be for real!

Bake the roulade and in the meantime, prepare the cream.

Dangerous cream.

Step by step pictures of how to make the sponge cake batter with poppy seeds.

Beat together the dulce de leche and butter.

You want to savor every bite so scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, take your time enjoying every lick of the cream. #NoJudgementZone

Once the cake is cooled, generously coat the roulade with the cream (or whatever is left of it;) ).

How to assemble the roulade with the dulce de leche cream.

How to decorate a poppy seed cake roulade-

Decorate the roulade to your liking. I added some chocolate shavings using a vegetable peeler (handy little tool). Then added some toasted coconut flakes and the remaining dulce de leche.

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Poppy Seed Roulade with a dulce de leche cream topped with toasted coconuts, and chocolate on a cake platter.

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Poppy Seed Roulade

Author: Valentina
5 from 2 votes
Amazing poppy seed cake roulade with toasted coconut and chocolate shavings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
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Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 8 servings



  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, measured then sifted
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Tbsp poppy seed


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 14 oz dulce de leche (minus 3 Tbsp*)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  • 1/3 cup sweetened coconut, toasted
  • chocolate shavings
  • 3 Tbsp unused dulce de leche*


How to make Poppy Seed Roulade-

  • Line a 17×12 rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 365°F at step 4.
  • Separate egg yolks and egg whites. In a large bowl, add the egg whites. Beat on high speed until soft peaks form, 2-3 minutes. Slowly add sugar, beat until stiff peaks form, 2-3 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, with a mixer beat egg yolks and sour cream for 1 minute. Pour into egg whites bowl, beat on medium speed until egg yolks are incorporated.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and poppy seed. Add to the egg mixture. Mix for a few seconds on low speed until flour is combined. Turn off mixer and with a spatula, gently mix to make sure the flour is well incorporated. Don't overbeat or else the mixture will flatten. Pour mixture into baking sheet, spread evenly.
  • Bake 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean if inserted in the center of the cake. Slightly cool.
  • Run a knife along edges of cake to loosen from sheet. Remove cake roulade from baking sheet, cover with a kitchen towel and roll roulade up while it’s still warm but not hot. Set aside to cool completely.

Prepare cream:

  • Beat butter on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Reserve 3 Tbsp of the dulce de leche for the topping, add the remaining dulce de leche to butter. Beat on medium speed until combined. Add powdered sugar, lightly beat again. Refrigerate cream until ready to use.


  • Unroll cake roulade. Generously spread cream, about 2/3 of the cream. Re-roll the cake. Cover top and sides of roulade with remaining cream.
  • Add toasted coconut to top of roulade and chocolate shavings. Add the 3 Tbsp remaining dulce de leche to the corner of a plastic bag, snip corner and drizzle over roulade.


206kcal Calories33g Carbs5g Protein6g Fat2g Saturated Fat105mg Cholesterol46mg Sodium120mg Potassium1g Fiber22g Sugar175IU Vitamin A0.1mg Vitamin C75mg Calcium1.4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Poppy Seed Roulade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)