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Pianono (Filipino Sponge Cake Roll)

Pianono with soft, pillowy sponge cake and creamy margarine and sugar filling. This Filipino-style jelly roll is mildly sweet and the perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Baked Goods, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 173kcal


  • 5 pieces eggs
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • 1 stick margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Separate egg yolks from egg whites. 
  • In a bowl, beat the egg whites using a mixer at low speed for 1 minute or until frothy.  
  • Sprinkle the cream of tartar on top and continue beating until soft peaks form. 
  • Gradually add ¼ cup of the granulated sugar, a tablespoon at a time, while continuously beating. Once all sugar is added, turn up the speed to medium and continue beating the meringue until it forms stiff glossy peaks.  
  • In a large bowl, cream together the egg yolks, the remaining ¼ cup sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until it becomes light in texture and color. 
  • Sift the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and add to the egg yolk mixture. Mix well.
  • Gently fold in a third of the meringue into the egg mixture and then add the rest and fold until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into a 15x10x1-inch pan lined with wax or parchment paper. 
  • Bake in a 375 F oven for about 15 minutes or until the cake is golden.
  • Remove from the oven and loosen the edges of the cake. Transfer the cake including the wax paper to a rack and allow to cool. 
  • Dust a wax or parchment paper with powdered sugar and invert cake onto the paper. Gently peel the other wax paper off the cake. 
  • Beginning with the narrow side, roll the cake up together with the wax paper. Let it cool down completely, seam side down, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once the cake has cooled, gently unroll and spread cake with softened margarine and sprinkle with granulated sugar and re-roll. 
  • Cut into 1-inch thick slices to serve.



Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 119mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.6mg