Roll Cake Recipe, Meranti Medan Sponge Roll Cake

bolu meranti khas medan
bolu meranti khas medan

Bolu Meranti Medan is a roll cake with various fillings and is a favorite souvenir from the city of Medan. The name Meranti comes from the name of the street where the sponge was first marketed in the 2000s.

Currently, Bolu Meranti is not only in Medan, but also in other cities in Indonesia. The soft, tender texture of the rolled sponge, and also the delicious taste makes this sponge very popular.
Tips for Making Meranti Sponge

Is this your first experience making Bolu Meranti? First, consider the following tips:

  1. Use more egg yolks so that the sponge is dense, but still soft. So it’s easier when you roll.
  2. Add cornstarch to the dough so that the texture of the cake is more flexible.
  3. Make sure to use a good quality oven. In order to shorten the baking time and make the sponge texture moist and not dry.
  4. Use a slightly higher oven temperature to make the cakes cook faster.
  5. Turn the cooked sponge over on a wire rack, then turn it over to its original position so that the skin of the sponge doesn’t stick to the rack. Let the sponge come to room temperature.
  6. Stir the filling before spreading it.
  7. Grease the sponge filling when it’s cold so it doesn’t melt.
  8. Wrap the sponge after you have rolled it for 1 hour, so that the roll does not open.

Roll Cake Pan

To make Meranti Sponge you need a special sponge cake tin. Sponge rolls are rectangular in shape of various sizes and are made of stainless steel, making them easier to clean. This size is not too high, so it is easier when rolling the sponge. The price of 1 set of roll cake tin size 24, 26, 28 cm is IDR 45.000,-.

Tips for Choosing a Pan for Sponge Roll

Here are some tips for choosing a sponge cake pan :

  • The height of the pan is 2.5 cm.
  • Have a flat base or half jagged and the other half flat to give a motif to the rolls.
  • Made of stainless steel.
  • Affordable prices.
  • Adjust the size of the pan as needed.

Unsalted Butter

The spread material for Bolu Meranti is unsalted butter which is butter with a tasteless taste without added salt. The color and texture are not much different from other butter products. The price of 227 grams of Anchor brand unsalted butter is only Rp. 36,500.

Recommended Good Quality Unsalted Butter

Here are 5 recommended brands of unsalted butter with good quality that you can choose as a spread for Sponge Meranti:

1. Anchor

Here are 5 recommended brands of unsalted butter with good quality that you can choose as a spread for Sponge Meranti:

2. Rosalie Cheese

Rosalie Cheese’s unsalted butter does not contain preservatives and chemical coloring. However, using natural ingredients is safer for health. Available in glass bottles with a size of 250 grams.

3. Vandemoortele

This product is made from a mixture of margarine and butter which contains 78% vegetable fat. So it is safe for those of you who are on a diet. Cholesterol levels are also quite low. Available in 1 kg size at a price of IDR 62,000.

4. Dairygold

Dairygold Unsalted Butter combines margarine and butter in one product in a 1:1 ratio. So, it is suitable for those of you who want to make cakes with this recipe without having to bother measuring margarine and butter manually.

5. Elle & Vire

This product has a low fat content, which is only 60 grams. Available in 200 grams in a safe aluminum foil packaging. You can use it to spread sponge rolls or as an ingredient in other dishes.

Roll Cake Recipe Bolu Meranti Medan

Recipe by Hani
Resep Bolu Meranti Khas Medan, Tekstur Super Lembut dan Enak
Prep Time :30 minutes
Cook Time :1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time :2 hours
Course :Cake dan Kue, Tips dan Trik, Tradisional
Cuisine :Indonesia


Meranti Sponge Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 45 g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cake emulsifier
  • 40 g medium protein flour
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 70 g margarine, melted
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
Stuffing and Topping Ingredients


  • Put the eggs, sugar, and cake emulsifier into a bowl. Beat on medium speed until foamy. Then increase the speed of the mixer, beat the dough until it is white and stiff.
  • Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla while sifting into the dough. Beat again on low speed.
  • Add melted margarine, beat until smooth. Then flatten the dough with a spatula.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan. Flatten the dough. Then tap the pan to reduce the air in the dough.
  • Bake the dough in the oven at 180°C for 20 minutes or until cooked.
  • Put butter and powdered sugar in a bowl, mixer until fluffy, white, and well blended. Set aside.
  • Remove the cake from the pan, then turn it over with parchment paper. Gently open the parchment paper on the cake.
  • Spread butter cream on the surface of the cake, sprinkle the cheese and grated cheese on top of the butter.
  • Open the parchment paper, then brush the surface of the cake with butter cream and top with grated cheese.
  • Cut and serve.


Hello, I'm Hani and I enjoy collecting recipes from various social media platforms. I've tried some of them on my blog. Hopefully, they can help mothers with cooking.