Brazo Gitano

Basic Jelly-Roll Cake

Preparation info
  • Makes


    jelly-roll cake
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Eating Cuban

By Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs

Published 2006

  • About

Brazo gitano (“Gypsy arm”) is the Cuban version of a jelly roll. It is a versatile cake. When spread with guava puree, rolled up, and dusted with powdered sugar, it’s a comfort food, easy enough to make for a weeknight family dinner. But filled with rich custard, frosted with swirls of glossy meringue, and drizzled with caramel, it’s a dessert that shines on special occasions. The most elegant cakes in Miami, including brazos gitano, are made by Lucila Venet Jimenez. At the fi