Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes is a type of rolled cake (sometimes referred to as jelly roll) made from a sheet of soft meringue with custard filling. This heavenly cake can be considered as one of the all-time favorites in the Philippines.What I like most about this cake is the sponge like texture of the meringue that literally melts in my mouth. The light flavor of the meringue is balanced by the flavor of the rich custard filling. This is truly amazing!

Most of you might be thinking that this rolled cake is hard to create; you might be surprised how easy it is to make your own Brazo de Mercedes after reading this post and watching the cooking video. I won’t extend the introduction because I know that most of you are eager to start working on this project (I am getting at least 17 requests per day for this recipe).

Try this Brazo de Mercedes recipe and let me know what you think.

Brazo de Mercedes Recipe

Brazo de Mercedes Recipe


  • 10 large raw eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 14 ounces condensed milk

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar then beat using an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  2. Make the meringue by gradually adding the granulated sugar while mixing the ingredients. Continue mixing until the texture is semi-firm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Place wax paper on top of a cookie sheet or large rectangular baking pan and grease the surface.
  5. Place the meringue on top of the greased wax paper then spread evenly using a spatula.
  6. Bake the meringue for 20 to 22 minutes or until the color of the top part turns light to medium brown.
  7. While the meringue is in the oven, make the filling by combining the egg yolks and condensed milk in a small cooking pot. Apply heat and cook the mixture while continuously stirring until the texture becomes thick.
  8. Add the vanilla extract to the condensed milk and egg yolk mixture, turn off the heat, and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  9. Remove the meringue from the oven and cool down for a few minutes.
  10. Sprinkle the confectioners sugar on top of the meringue then place wax paper on the top part of the meringue followed by a similar sized baking pan or tray. The meringue should now be in the middle of two baking trays.
  11. Flip the meringue: the new cookie sheet/baking tray placed on top should now be below. Remove the baking tray and the wax paper (you should now see the opposite side of the baked meringue) then spread the filling (cooked egg yolks, condensed milk, and vanilla extract mixture) over the meringue.
  12. Roll the meringue. Complete rolling side to side starting at the longest side. Make sure that the layer with filling is rolled inward.
  13. Transfer to a serving plate then serve.
  14. Share and enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 6

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  1. Hi finally i found this recipe thank you

  2. hopelesschef says:

    Hi Kuya! Super thanks for this recipe :) I love Brazo de Mercedes and now I can just make it when I crave for it!

  3. Hi!, this is the first time i will do baking, we don’t have an oven here in our place,but my mom use turbo broiler like for making baked macaroni .I want to know maybe there’s a difference with the Preheating time and is there an adjusments for the settings ?thanks i hope you can answer my question i want to do this !going to wait for your reply! :) thanks again

    • I’m also interested to know if meringue can be cooked using turbo boiler.. I just hope someone can answer this. I believe you can also try this using conventional oven or oven toaster.

  4. ilovetocook says:

    hi po.. I tried this yesterday but dumikit po cia on wax paper kaya i wasnt able to roll it that it because mainit pa cia kaya dumikit?
    anyway, thanks a lot. I learned a lot from this website..I just learned cooking so it helps me a lot..

    • grease the surface of your wax paper more, so it will not stick on your wax paper.

    • I would suggest a parchment paper, it’s better than wax paper but to make sure spray a little shortening.

  5. Sabrina says:

    Hi! I loved your recipe and found it very easy to make. My 1st was perfect! However, I can’t seem to remove that eggy smell on the egg whites when cooked. Would you know a trick to remove that smell? thanks!

    • add a few drops of lemon juice :) I also add 1 tsp. vanilla to the meringue mixture, it gets rid of the eggy flavor …

  6. can i make brazo de mercedes without confectioner sugar,is that be alright?

    • It’s okay if you don’t have confectioners’ sugar, however if your meringue’s done and you’ll put the custard inside and roll it, it’ll be hard ‘cos it’s sticky.

  7. Thanks po for this recipe. I tried it and it was great!! I never done this before but it is so simple…
    Thanks and more power!

  8. just love this site…panlasanginoy!!! more power…thank you for sharing recepes…just making my hubby loving me even more….hehehhe..tried baking brazo…mmmmm quite succesful…..and thats because of you kuya..ofcourse panalasang pinoy…..

  9. adalia bonita says:

    hi kuya, can i beat the white egg using by whisk bulk,, dont have elctric hand mixer for now po…

  10. Hi! Im wondering kung pede ba tong ibake sa round pan?

  11. Dear Sir,
    The tutorial video of your brazo mercedes was so easy to follow,thank you.I tried to make this cake for my parent’s wedding anniversary but when I started to roll my meringue(with the filling),it cracked.What did I do wrong? :( Do I have to roll it while the meringue is still warm? Because I rolled it when the meringue was completely cool.

    • michelle says:

      You have to roll the cake fresh from the oven while still hot… It will crack if rolled cool. The same procedure you done in all Rolled-cakes recipes.
      Hopes this help.

  12. :) this site is absolutely perfect for mom like me…im almost 1 month watching those video from youtube.and some of the recipe i already tried…thank you for creating this site, its wonderful…..

  13. this one of favorite cake,,,, very simple lang pala ang pag gawa,,,, i try ko & thanks kuya for sharing this recipe

  14. i watch this ever time i try a new filipino dish,it helps and i enjoy watching it..prima!!!

  15. Rachelle says:

    s! – mga 5 mins siguro pag-beat nung egg…depende sa speed ng hand mixer mo…sa akin on high na yun…

    dd – pam yung brand nung ginamit ko na pang-spray…

    hope this will help

  16. kelangan walang halong egg yolk kahit konti tas free from oil para magraise ang makuha m ung soft peak

  17. Rachelle says:

    Hi Vanjo,

    tanong ko lang, bago ko umpisahan ang paggawa nitong brazo de mercedes, how do you store this cake? dapat ba siyang naka-ref or dapat keep it at room temperature? ayoko kasi siyang masira or tumigas yung merengue…thanks!

  18. hi po…ano po gnamit nyo panggrease knna?

  19. approxi,ately how long will you beat the egg white until you reach the soft peak?

  20. P. Lopez says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe, its really yuuummmmmy, as you said its easy to make it, My family and friends really enjoy it.

  21. thanks, i really love it. the outcome was great.

  22. I tried making it hundreds of times but every time I roll it, it tears apart :( what should I do?

  23. thanks for this recipe,we did make it.simple to follow.can you please do
    sans rival.thanks

  24. Len Yap says:

    Tried this recipe today. Took me 50 minutes from start to finish. Turned out good too. Thank you for all you do! :)

  25. favorite ko yung brazo de mercedes. i cant to make it. nag try ako before pero! yung syo kuya is easy to follow. i’ll let you know how it turn out.
    Can ypu make Ube Macapuno na cake.thanks! keep up the good work. God bless!!!

  26. Thanks for this recipe. I baked Brazo de Mercedes two time already using recipes I found on other. I had to throw everything, It didnt turn out good. Then, I saw the video of this recipe and it looked simple, I tried it yesterday and it came out perfect! Thanks for this recipe!

  27. The simplest, easiest and delicious brazo de mercedes recipe. An instant hit to my friends and now still receiving orders of it. Thanks to you kuya ang KUDOS to your blog. More power!

  28. monaliza says:

    Thanks for the recipe kuya!This is one of my husbands favorite and since we lived an hour away from goldilocks he’s craving for it everynow and then…But thanks to you!coz we don’t need to drive that far just to satisfy his cravings..hehehe!now i can just make it anytime he wants it!He said,”Honey how did you make it?It taste like goldilocks!”now we saved a lot of money because of all the recipe’s you’re posting here.this is my favorite website!keep up the good work kuya!More blessing to you!

  29. Thank you so much for the recipe of Brazo de Mercedes really it’s to long for me sicking the recipe of brazo de mercedes,but now i know how to bake,also thanks for your video.

  30. heavenscent says:

    hello, sir! i’m a fan of your site. thank you very much for sharing all your recipes. i’ve tried this recipe and it is so delicious but i can’t get to roll it properly..hope you could give us tips on this..more power to you and God bless!