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If you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert, you have got to try this delicious pumpkin roll and rich cream cheese frosting.
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  1. Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Cake:
  4. Tips:
  5. How to Store or Freeze:
  6. More Great Pumpkin Recipes
  7. Pumpkin Roll Recipe

A Pumpkin Roll Cake is a popular and delicious fall recipe that can be made at home with just a few ingredients. It’s easy to make, but the presentation of this dish looks like you spent hours on it! 

Making a pumpkin roll cake is easier than you think. Some other easy desserts that are huge when it comes to the presentation are our Caramel Apple Pie Cookies and our Ice Cream Layer Cake

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Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

A Pumpkin Roll is a delicious pumpkin cake which is light and fluffy, filled with rich cream cheese frosting. Sounds like a dream, right!

Don’t worry if you don’t know how to make this treat for your family this holiday season; it’s easier than you think. All you need are simple ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen storage (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, eggs) and some fun fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg).

You’ll start out with a super moist cake mixed with pumpkin puree. This makes for a crazy moist, and flavorful pumpkin cake!

Then, you add the cream cheese frosting filling in the middle, and roll it up. Yep, it’s really that simple!

Some people think that a roll cake is out of their scope. BUT, I am here to show you how to make a roll cake and that it is in fact easy! 

pumpkin roll on a plate

Ingredients

There are two main steps in making the pumpkin roll.

First off, you’ll need to make the pumpkin cake. Next, you’ll make the cream cheese filling. Eventually, you’ll put the two together!

For ingredient’s sake, I find it easiest to break them up into two pieces.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar (for dusting the rolling tea towel)

Ingredients for the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla flavoring
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
slicing pumpkin roll

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Cake:

  1. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set it aside.
  2. Stir together the pumpkin puree and the lemon juice.
    1 bowl with flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Another bowl with pumpkin puree and the lemon juice.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar until the egg mixture is light and frothy.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture and the vanilla. Mix until well combined.
    Beat the eggs and sugar until the egg mixture is light and frothy. Add the pumpkin mixture and the vanilla.
  5. Fold in the flour mixture. 
  6. Evenly spread the pumpkin batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes. 
    Fold in the flour mixture.  Evenly spread the pumpkin batter in the prepared baking pan
  7. Lay out a thin tea towel and dust with ¼ cup powdered sugar. You will also need a large cutting board for the dusted cake transfer.
  8. When the cake has finished baking, remove from the oven. Run the tip of a sharp knife around the edge of the baking sheet.  
  9. Carefully flip the dusted tea towel on top of the baked cake.
  10. Place the large cutting board on top of the tea towel.
    Pro-Tip: The cake pan will still be very hot, so protect your hands. Be certain to leave a small tail of the tea towel on the short edge of the cake for rolling the cake.
    Lay out a thin tea towel and dust with powdered sugar
  11. Quickly flip the baking pan over so that it is now laying on top of the tea towel/cutting board.
  12. Slowly peel away the parchment paper.
  13. Lightly dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.
  14. Flip the small tail of the tea towel over the short edge of the cake. 
  15. Carefully begin rolling one end toward the other. Once rolled, transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.
    rolling pumpkin cake process
  16. Beat together the softened cream cheese, clear vanilla and the softened butter until smooth.
  17. Add the powdered sugar. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to fill the roll.
    Pro-Tip: Remove the filling from the refrigerator 10 minutes before assembling the cake roll.
    Beat together the softened cream cheese, clear vanilla, softened butter and powdered sugar
  18. Once the cake is completely cooled, slowly unroll the cake.
  19. Spread the filling over the surface of the cake, try to avoid the very edges of the cake.
  20. Once filled, slowly and with even pressure, begin to roll the cake back up. Wrap the pumpkin roll in plastic wrap to ensure it holds its shape. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours to overnight.
  21. Just before serving, unwrap the pumpkin roll. 
    process of spreading the cream cheese filling and rolling the cake
  22. Slice off the ends off the roll and serve.
    a slice of pumpkin roll

Tips:

  • You can add chopped nuts to the top of the cake roll just before you bake.
  • You can add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon to the cream cheese filling.
  • Be sure to not use any fabric softener when you wash the tea towel. It will transfer to the cake and make the flavor “off”. 
  • Do not use a terry cloth tea towel. The terry cloth will leave lint that will transfer to the surface of the cake.

How to Store or Freeze:

This recipe only gets better, in the fact that it is very easy to store in the fridge or freezer, and it keeps well in both!

Store any leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can freeze the plastic-wrapped, uncut pumpkin roll for up to 3 months. Be sure to wrap aluminum foil around the plastic-wrapped pumpkin roll before freezing.

You know what that means? You can make it well in advance so that it’s ready when you need it!

To do so, simply wrap your pumpkin roll tightly in plastic wrap. Making sure it is covered very thoroughly! When you are ready to eat it, make sure if it’s frozen that you put it in the fridge at least 1 day before serving so that it has time to thaw out. Bring it to room temperature to serve.

slices of pumpkin roll in different plates

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Pumpkin Roll

Serves — 10
If you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert, you have got to try this delicious pumpkin roll and rich cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 22 mins

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Cake

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • cup powdered sugar (for dusting the rolling tea towel)

Filling

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp salted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla flavoring
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375*. Line a 10x15x1 pan with parchment paper. Spray very generously with nonstick spray. Set it aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set it aside.
  • Stir together the pumpkin puree and the lemon juice.
  • Using either a stand mixer, or a medium size mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on high, beat the eggs and sugar for 3 ½ – 4 minutes, until the egg mixture is light and frothy.
  • Add the pumpkin mixture and the vanilla. Continue mixing until well combined.
  • Fold in the flour mixture.
  • Evenly spread the pumpkin batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 12 – 14 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, Lay out a thin tea towel and dust with ¼ cup powdered sugar. You will also need a large cutting board for the dusted cake transfer.
  • When the cake has finished baking, remove from the oven. Run the tip of a sharp knife around the edge of the baking sheet.
  • Carefully flip the dusted tea towel on top of the baked cake, dusted side against the cake.
  • Place the large cutting board on top of the tea towel. Remember the cake pan will still be very hot, so protect your hands. Be certain to leave a small tail of the tea towel on the short edge of the cake for rolling the cake.
  • Quickly flip the baking pan over so that it is now laying on top of the tea towel/cutting board.
  • Carefully and slowly peel away the parchment paper.
  • Lightly dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.
  • Flip the small tail of the tea towel over the short edge of the cake.
  • Carefully begin rolling one end toward the other. Once rolled, transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Filling

  • Using a medium size mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on high, beat together the softened cream cheese, clear vanilla and the softened butter for 1 minute until smooth.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar. Increase the mixer speed to medium and continue mixing until completely smooth. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to fill the roll. Remove the filling from the refrigerator 10 minutes before assembling the cake roll.

Assembly

  • Once the cake is completely cooled, slowly unroll the cake.
  • Using a silicone spatula or an offset spatula, spread the filling over the surface of the cake, try to avoid the very edges of the cake.
  • Once filled, slowly and with even pressure, begin to roll the cake back up. Wrap the pumpkin roll in plastic wrap to ensure it holds its shape. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours to overnight.
  • Just before serving, unwrap the pumpkin roll.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the ends off the roll. Slice 10 – ½ inch slices.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
Store any leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can freeze the plastic wrapped, uncut pumpkin roll for up to 3 months. Be sure to wrap aluminum foil around the plastic wrapped pumpkin roll before freezing.
Tips:
  •  You can add chopped nuts to the top of the cake roll just before you bake.
  • You can add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon to the cream cheese filling.
  • Be sure to not use any fabric softener when you wash the tea towel. It will transfer to the cake and make the flavor “off”.
  • Do not use a terry cloth tea towel. The terry cloth will leave lint that will transfer to the surface of the cake.
  • When slicing this cake, make sure to wipe the knife clean before slicing the next piece.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 3024IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

Post Updated: Originally Posted September 4, 2019

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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