Cheetah Rolled Cake

Rolled cakes are a fun way to wow the crowd and it gives you a fun canvas to design cool patterns and prints. This Cheetah cake is inspired by the upcoming live-action movie, The Lion King. This rolled cake would be great for a safari-themed party.

Cheetah Rolled Cake
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Cheetah Rolled Cake

Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Cooling1 hour
Total Time1 hour 18 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert



  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 1 brown gel food coloring
  • 1 black gel food coloring
  • 2 squeeze bottles
  • 1 large disposable piping bag
  • 2 small bowls
  • 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper

Filling ingredients

  • 1 1/3 Cup cool whip
  • 1 container of french vanilla frosting



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Using a standing mixer, beat eggs on high speed until thick and lemon colored for about 6-8 minutes
  • Beat in the cake mix, sour cream, water and oil for 1 minute
  • Scoop 3/4 C of batter into the two bowls
  • Mix in 2-4 drops of brown food color and mix till combined
  • Mix in 5-7 drops of black food color and mix till combined
  • Scoop the colored batters into their own bottles
  • Designing the cake directions
  • Using the black squeeze bottle, pipe out the outer rings of the cheetah's spots
  • Using the brown squeeze bottle, fill in the black spots
  • Scoop the non-colored batter into the piping bag
  • Cover entire cookie sheet and carefully spread evenly making sure to not ruin the spots
  • Place into the oven to bake for 8-11 minutes or until the top springs back
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar onto a clean kitchen towel and place onto the top of the cake
  • Flip the cake over and peel parchment paper carefully off the cake
  • Roll the cake and towel up into a log
  • Allow cooling for 1 hour

Filling directions

  • Using a large bowl, fold together the cool whip and frosting until combined and smooth
    Cheetah Rolled Cake
  • Building the cake directions
  • Carefully unroll the cake and spread the filling evenly
  • Slowly re-roll the cake back into a log and place into the fridge for 2 hours or overnight
  • Cut into slices and enjoy!
Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.


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