Pumpkin Roll


Pumpkin Roll is a favorite holiday dessert of mine. A Pumpkin Roll is pumpkin cake that is covered with a cream cheese filling, rolled up and sliced. The thing I love about this pumpkin roll, other than the taste, is that it can be made and frozen ahead of time. Just thaw it out, dust with powdered sugar and it’s ready to eat. If you have ever wanted to learn how to make a pumpkin roll this is it. Below is my simple step by step directions to make it easier.

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Cake Ingredients



Filling Ingredients



Grease a 15″ x 10″ jelly roll pan.



Line the pan with waxed paper.

I rub my hand over the top so

the waxed paper sticks to the pan.



Grease the top of the waxed paper and

then lightly dust it with flour,

tapping out the excess.



Sprinkle a dish towel

(that is at least as big as the pan)

with powdered sugar.



In a small bowl combine flour,ย baking powder,

baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.



Whisk to combine.



In a large mixing bowl add the

eggs and granulated sugar.



Beat with a mixer on

medium speed until thick.



Add the pumpkin.



Beat in the pumpkin.



Add the dry ingredients.



STIR into the batter.



Spread batter evenly on top of the

prepared waxed paper in the pan.



Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for

13 – 15 minutes. or until the cake top springs

back when touched. If using a dark pan start

checking at 11 minutes which I did and

mine wasn’t ready so I left a finger

hole in the center…oops! Once done

immediately loosen the sides of the cake

and place spatula’s under the waxed paper

to help loosen the cake and help to flip it over.



Flip the cake over on top of the prepared

dish towel. I always have my husband flip

the opposite side with me. This is the

hardest part of making the pumpkin roll.



Carefully peel off the waxed paper.



Roll the dish towel and the cake

starting at the narrow end.



Completely roll to the end.



Once it is rolled completely,

place it on a cooling rack seam side down.



FILLING: In a large mixing bowl

add the butter and cream cheese.



Beat until creamy and combined.



Add the powdered sugar and vanilla.



Beat on medium speed until

smooth and creamy.



Place plastic wrap directly on top of

the cream cheese filling to keep from

drying out until the cake cools, set aside.



Once the cake feels completely cool, place

it on the counter and carefully unroll.



Place the cream cheese mixture

on top of the cake.



Carefully spread it out evenly.



Reroll the cake as tightly as you can without

squishing the cake. Wrap in plastic wrap

and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or wrap

and place into a freezer bag and freeze

for another day. To thaw, place in the

refrigerator the morning that you need it.



Slice into single serving size pieces and

dust with powdered sugar then serve.


Pumpkin Roll

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle over the towel)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (canned Libby’s) 100% pure pumpkin


  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (optional for decoration)



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 15″ x 10″ jelly roll pan.
  3. Line the pan with waxed paper, smoothing it with your hand so it sticks to the pan.
  4. Grease and lightly flour the top of the waxed paper. Tap off excess flour.
  5. Lay a thin dish towel on the counter and sprinkle the powdered sugar on top. Use a dish towel that is at least as big as the pan.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, salt and set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and granulated sugar until thick.
  8. Add the pumpkin mixing until combined.
  9. STIR in the dry ingredients until combined and no lumps remain.
  10. Pour batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until the cake top springs back when touched. If using a dark coated pan start checking at 11 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven when done and immediately loosen the sides and flip the pan over on top of the prepared dish towel.
  13. Carefully peel off the waxed paper.
  14. Roll the towel and the cake starting at the narrow end. Roll tightly but do not squish the cake.
  15. Place the cake roll with the towel, seam side down, onto a cooling rack and cool completely.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, on medium speed, beat the butter and cream cheese until combined.
  2. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  3. Place plastic wrap directly on top so it doesn’t dry out and set aside.


  1. Once the cake feels completely cool, carefully unroll the cake and dishtowel.
  2. Place the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake and spread it out evenly.
  3. Reroll the cake with the filling tightly (without the towel) so there are no air gaps but without squishing the cake. Place it seam side down.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. You can also wrap it then place it in a freezer bag to use another time. Just thaw in the refrigerator the morning of when you plan to eat it.
  5. Slice and dust with powdered sugar before serving if you wish.


Categories: Cakes, Cheese, Desserts, Eggs


  1. Great post, love the pictures. This is a favorite of my family that I make every year for Thanksgiving. This is not an easy recipe to document. Lots of steps. Great job.

  2. I love pumpkin roll too and my mom used to make it for years and then Kroger’s began to sell it in the frozen section and we started cheating and getting it there. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I haven’t had one in years but it tasted homemade. We used to get one every year so it was one less thing for my mom to make for the holidays.

      • Sometimes I feel like that too. Then when the holiday gets closer and I see the price of the stores compared to the price I can make them, I make them…lol

      • I don’t know how to bake so I have no choice. And I buy a box of a treat that is like the Doo Dads they used to make (but quit making) and Cheezits make them now. The basic Chex Mix recipe … my mom used to make a lot of that up every holiday. My father liked it with garlic salt or seasoning on it. We did not, so she made double batches – I am lazy as I just buy one box at the store.

  3. My late mother-in-law used to make fabulous pumpkin rolls, too. We enjoyed eating them, but have never tried to prepare one ourselves. Maybe we need to remedy this situation.
    Happy holiday season to you and yours.

  4. OK… Let me get this straight. You’ve got pumpkin cake, jelly roll style wrapped up like a mummy in a sugar coated dish towel and you’re suppose to know when the middle of this mass is cool before unrolling it and slathering on cream cheese, butter and more sugar. How do you know the center of the mummy roll is cool? Overnight? Couple of hours?

    Sounds Delicious!

  5. Rolling the hot cake must be super stressful here because itโ€™s liable to crack if itโ€™s dry, & overbaked. Yours looks amazing, and so delish!

    • It is one of my favorites. I usually make 2 and freeze them. That way all I have to do is take one out the night before and sprinkle with powdered sugar. They freeze so well!

  6. My fiance likes anything pumpkin so I am going to try it out on him. Any other great pumpkin recipes like a pumpkin cheesecake.?

  7. With the step by step pictures and the details of what to do and what to avoid, I think I may be able to create this delicious looking concoction. Thanks so much for visiting JanBeek and leaving your calling card so I could find you. What a fun blog you have! <3

  8. This is almost identical to the recipe I got from a cousin in Tennessee in 1990. Your version has more butter (yum!) and half the amount of baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. And your version has ground cloves, whereas my recipe does not. I think I’ll make your version for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing! My mouth is watering. Might not be able to wait until Thanksgiving!

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