Dulce de Leche and Coconut Roll (Pionono de Arequipe Y Coco)

by Erica Dinho on October 12, 2009

Pionono1Pionono is a popular dessert in Colombia and other Latin America countries. There are many variations of the pionono, but it is generally filled with fruit preserves, puddings or whipped cream combined with fresh fruit, but you can also experiment with your favorite filling.

A couple of days ago I opened a jar of dulce de leche to make some cookies. I had some leftover so I decided to make my pionono using some of my favorite ingredients, coconut and arequipe or dulce de leche, as it is known outside of Colombia.



(6 Servings)

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • ½ cup shredded coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 brownie pan with parchment paper.
  3. Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl and with an electric mixer, beat until form soft peaks. Gradually add the egg yolks, one at a time until combined.
  4. Add the flour, vanilla extract and sugar and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
  6. Mean while, spread out a sheet of waxed paper or a wet towel . Turn out the cake onto the waxed paper or wet towel . Roll up the cake loosely from one short side, with the paper inside. Let it cool.
  7. Unroll and remove the paper. Spread the dulce de leche and sprinkle coconut flakes over the cake. Roll up and dust with powdered sugar and serve.
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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 girlichef October 12, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Drool!!! :P”””””” I love dulce de leche…and coconut. This looks decadent!


2 Claudia Medeiros October 12, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I love stopping by your site because Colombian culinary is very similar to Brazilian one . Here , we call it ” Bolo de Rolo ” and we also fill it with guava paste :D
Have a great week !


3 Felisha October 12, 2009 at 4:24 PM

I will make this soon! I just made a pumpkin roll, and it’s filled with cream cheese filling! This sounds great though!


4 Erica October 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Hi Felisha,

That sounds delicious :)


5 Kim October 12, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Wow – I’ve never seen anything like it before. Sounds really tasty and unique.


6 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM

My grandma used to make rolls like this with jam and I’m loving yours with dulce de leche & coconut, perfect!


7 Erica October 12, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Hola everyone,

Thank you for all your wonderful comments!


8 Cathy October 12, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Looks delicious! I love anything with dulce de leche.


9 Atreyee October 12, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Erica..I like this so much! but I don’t have dulc. I think I will substitute it with date…
will keep you posted.

You are the best!!


10 rebecca subbiah October 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM

oh wow this is wonderful your clever thing


11 Lisa October 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I love filled, rolled cakes. This one looks to die for.


12 Danielle October 13, 2009 at 4:17 PM

ooooh…this gives me a great idea on what I can do with all those jars of jam in my fridge! LOL


13 Erica October 13, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog :)


14 Empar October 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Erica, eso tiene que estar buenísimo. Creo que con un trocito no tendría bastante.
Je jeje.
Un beso.


15 Palidor October 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM

You have so many yummy recipes that I didn’t know where to start looking! I absolutely love Swiss roll cakes, and can just imagine how amazing the dulce de leche and coconut tasted together. Now I’ve got a huge craving for a Swiss roll cake!


16 Soma October 16, 2009 at 8:06 PM

oh my goodness! what a beauty!! I have never made rolls, & I don’t think I am even capable of making such pretty ones.


17 Erica October 19, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Thank you guys! I truly appreciate all your comments :)


18 Tangled Noodle October 27, 2009 at 8:58 AM

A fruit-filled roll sounds delicious but I would never be able to turn down this wonderful dulce de leche one! Your recipe looks so easy to make, there’s no excuse for me not to make this. Wonderful!


19 Jackie December 7, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Will this cake work with a whipped cream (chantilly) and strawberries inside?


20 Erica December 7, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Jackie- Yes you can use any filling!That sounds delicious.


21 Adriana June 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I made this roll yesterday for my friends, but I filled mine with orange preserves and it was perfect and delicious.


22 Natalie June 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Maybe you did not: measured correctly, your oven is properly calibrated, did you forgot to set the timer, if you swapped an ingredient for another one that probably caused the dish’s demise, if your ingredients were at room temperature, if the bowl where you whipped the egg whites was clean and dry,

I made this recipe 3 times and it worked perfect and delicious!


23 Anonymous June 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I made this roll for my son’s party yesterday and we loved it! It was a hit……Thank you so much. I will make this one again.


24 Isabel October 5, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I had the same problem with the wax paper; the roll did not come out from the wax paper, it was quite disappointing!! I guess I will try it again another day baking it without the wax paper. also the roll began to break. if you can make it, then it can be done.
the measurements were accurate, not sure what happened


25 Erica October 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Isabel- Next time use parchment paper!


26 Deily October 16, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Erika I tried your recipe! I’m happy I did! I can’t believe It worked! It was so easy and yummy! Tks!! Loved your site!


27 Carla November 29, 2010 at 8:03 PM

I made this roll and the dulce de leche recipe and they were fantastic….Thank you so much for posting this.


28 Paula January 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I’ve made this at least five times and the results have always been amazing.


29 Jenny April 14, 2011 at 9:36 AM

i made this yesterday, and the roll stuck to the parchment paper. it took me a while to get it off (and there was a lot the roll left stuck to the paper) but the results were fantastic nevertheless. maybe next time, ill try greasing the paper before pouring in the batter. (:


30 Elizabeth April 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

This recipe is wonderful. So easy to make, it come out perfectly every time and great flavor. Those folks who had no-so optimal results should check their ovens. A keeper!


31 Jessica November 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I have attempted this once so far and the roll it self came out very bubbly and stuck to the wax paper. However I will say the little we did get off was very good. I am going to try it again and hope it comes out like the one pictured!


32 Emilia December 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I just tried the pionono with crushed roasted almonds and coconut, as well as arequipe and cream! What a treat!!


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