Pumpkin Roll

Moist spiced pumpkin cake with spirals of creamy cream cheese filling is the perfect dessert for the holiday season. Every year I make a pumpkin roll for both our Thanksgiving and Christmas feast. My mom and I made this and other yummy desserts yesterday in preparation for todays feast. As my mom and I were cooking away, my husband did his annual “game night” with his friends. Every year, my very competitive husband, brother in law, and a few of his friends play Risk for hours on end. They are absolutely ridiculous about this game! The person who wins the game of Risk and has “world domination” is referred to as “Sir”until the next game is played. You will be happy to know that Andrew will now be called sir until next time! 🙂

Pumpkin Roll

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  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat eggs and granulated sugar until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  3. Bake in preheated oven 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off wax paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
  4. To make the cream cheese filling: combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Source: Very Best Baking

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20 Responses to Pumpkin Roll

  1. What a gorgeous pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving. I hope it makes it to the Top 9.
    I printed your yummy recipe…last minute will not do, turkey in the oven since 7A.M.
    Will try it for Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. This looks fabulous! I’m going to be trying it soon! Thanks:)

  3. Foodiewife says:

    For weeks, I’ve been procrastinating making this classic Fall dessert. Your photo presentation is beautiful. Risk! I haven’t played that in years. What great memories that brings back– alliances, betrayals, deals made… so much fun! You just gave me an idea for a family get-together! Back to the recipe… I’m printing this out and moving it up on my “must make” queue!

  4. Bonnie says:

    I made the same roll for Thanksgiving tonight – but there wasn’t any left for me to take pictures of it! Delicious!

  5. Pearl says:

    Hello! When do you use or add the cream cheese? The directions don’t mention it. Thanks!

  6. Vy says:

    The pumpkin roll looks perfect! I will definitely give this a try!

  7. This looks so yummy! I really like your pictures. What type of camera/lense do you use?

  8. Jamie says:

    I absolutely love pumpkin roll, but in all my cooking adventures I’ve always been to afraid to try this. Seeing your recipe and beautiful pictures has inspired me to try it before Christmas. Thank you!

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  10. eat your heart out little debbie =) YUM!

  11. Melody Fury says:

    What a stunning holiday recipe! Would you like to submit it to my contest to win a cookbook? Just wanting to share the holiday cheer (and exposure to your blog) Would love for you to win 🙂 http://ow.ly/3j61M

  12. Anncoo says:

    That’s a very beautiful pumpkin roll. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Patty says:

    Wowee – what a striking dessert! And it sounds soooooo delicious too. 🙂

  14. Sanjeeta kk says:

    The pumpkin rolls look gorgeous and exotic. Lovely recipe, would surely try it soon. Beautiful space and great collection of baked goodies. Best wishes.

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  18. Kim Travis says:

    Have always wanted to make this!! Would love to see step by step pictures for reassurance that I’m doing it right!

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