Pumpkin Cake Roll Recipe

By Maria Lichty

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Every fall I make pumpkin rolls. They are always a hit and so easy to do. I usually make a couple at a time and keep them in the freezer. You can pull them out for a party, dinner, or a sweet treat! The cake is moist and the cream cheese filling is delicious, plus the spirals look cool! Give this recipe a go! I am sure it will be a fall favorite.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

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3 eggs
1 cup sugar

2/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp lemon juice
¾ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt

1 cup powder
ed sugar
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
4 T butter
½ tsp vanilla

Beat eggs and sugar together. Add pumpkin and lemon juice and mix together. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Fold into pumpkin mixture.

Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray. Spread pumpkin mixture evenly in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Turn out immediately onto a clean dishtowel that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove the parchment paper. Sprinkle more powdered sugar on top of cake. Start at one end, carefully rolling towel and cake together. Cool on countertop or in fridge.

Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Gently unroll cake, remove the towel. Spread filling evenly over cake. Roll back up! Cover with foil and put in fridge or freezer. Best when made a day ahead.

**I always freeze them and pull them out when needed, they freeze beautifully!**

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This looks so good. I have never made a roll before. I love your couch and elliptical. Are you serving the pumpkins rolls when I come over ?:)

  2. Your pumpkin rolls look delicious. Very nice fall treat. Your new sofa is beautiful. I know you will enjoy your ellipitcal

  3. Your rolls are so cute! I love this dessert but didn’t known you can freeze them! Great idea.

  4. I tried to make a pumpkin roll 2 years ago and screwed it up so bad I couldn’t even eat it. Might have to overcome my fear and try your recipe. Enjoy the sofa, I want one with a chaise, I hear you can’t go back once you have one. Now I just have to wait for the one we have to wear itself out.

  5. I tasted something like this years ago at a party and the host promised she would share the recipe and never did! I am so happy to see this recipe here!

  6. These pumpkin rolls look wonderful — I can’t wait to make them! I’ll eat some and then I SHOULD jump on that elliptical, but I would probably end up taking a nap on that plush sofa instead.

  7. I am loving pumpkin anything these days…this looks tasty and fun to make. My kids would really enjoy these too.

    Your couch is awesome! Huge and comfortable.

  8. Oh, my heart is skipping a beat looking at this. I've never made this before but will definitely now. Congrats on your couch and elliptical. Me & my elliptical don't get along very well. I am a wimp. I can do an 1 hr on the treadmill on steep incline but hardly survive 10 min on the elliptical.Hah.

  9. Let me just say that the couch is amazing…and so cozy! I am so glad that you got your wish and got the elliptical trainer…very nice! OH…pumpkin roll is one of my FAVORITE treats, especially during the fall season! Thanks for sharing your recipe :).

  10. Wow, everything looks great. I will try those pumpkin rolls, we love pumpkin here. and your couch and elliptical are awesome. I think I would be a happy woman to live in that basement.

  11. I LOVE pumpkin roll!!!! I haven’t seen that in so long! Perfect for the fall! Pumpkin anything has my vote!

    Love the couch too! πŸ™‚

  12. Oh. My. God. I’m so jealous. I’ve been trying to weasal a squirell machine (that’s what I call ellipticals. Long story.) out of Ben for years. Years! And that couch! I would never move.

    I’ll take whatever pumpkin roll you don’t want. You know, out of the goodness of my heart.

  13. The pumpkin roll is an absolute favorite. I love pumpkin in anything, really. Lovely couch and lucky you, it is going to get cold soon, and I hate going outside in it!

  14. I love pumpkin rolls and I love that it’s time to get going on one. Love the couch and new toy-they’ll help balance each other out, right?

  15. First of all, the pumpkin rolls look so good and I have to make them….maybe even this weekend. Also, I LOVE your couch and I am jealous of your eliptical. MIss you!

  16. Mmmmm… pumpkin roll.. it looks delish!

    I like the idea of freezing it too… that’s perfect for the busy holiday season.

  17. Ahhh, the fabulous pumpkin roll! I love it and eat it every year. Can’t wait to try it! Enjoy your new elliptical!

  18. This Pumpkin Roll looks really good! A delicious treat! Your sofa must be extremely comfy!

    Cheers and have a great weekend,


  19. I love that I’m the 27th comment! πŸ™‚

    LOVE your couch – it looks sooo nice and comfortable. I’ve been meaning to email you – we have the 18th nice and open so let us know your plans so we can plan something!!

  20. Maria… much congrats on the pumpkin roll πŸ™‚ I’ve tried to roll, as you are aware, and had let than spectacular results. Your roll looks perfect.

    And the elliptical is so cool. Just add 5 mins for every pumpkin roll πŸ™‚

  21. Wow–that platter of pumpkin rolls is beautiful! They look delicious! It is good to know that they freeze so well too. I love your basement couch–it look perfect for a movie night! And I love ellipticals too! We ahve a tread mill –but I wish we had gotten the eliptical.

  22. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! I was pleasantly surprised to see that anyone actually looks at it! πŸ™‚ The pumpkin rolls look great! I love the idea of freezing them and having them on hand when needed. Also, I love the new couch. Sectionals are awesome. I always go for that little corner area. It’s just super comfy for some reason.

  23. I love the pumpkin roll, it is so something I look forward to eat and make! They are a lot of fun and taste great and are pretty -you’re right about that. And of course the fact that they do freeze well is a huge plus!

  24. Those are so adorable! Will you make these again when we come over to lounge on your new sofa?

  25. those pumpkin rolls look delicious. that couch looks so comfy! perfect for me and my siblings. πŸ™‚

  26. What a great idea to make this and keep it in the freezer for a last-minute needed dessert! Looks delicious!

    I know what you mean about that new sofa. We have a huge one like that in our family room and it’s cozy-city with loads of room for family and friends!

  27. this pumpkin roll looks delicious. And it goes so well with that cream cheese filling. I love your new couch. Wish I had an elliptical, I heard they were better than treadmills.

  28. You do realize that with your new couch, a blanket and a game you will never see your husband again? Pumpkin rolls are so good and everyone likes them even when they think they won’t. I will come over if we can watch men’s swimming, it is much better than football, no sweat, just dripping beautiful muscles.

  29. Maria those Pumpkin rolls look so cute and delish!

    Wow thats a great couch, looks comfy and lots of room. I have some new black leather couches arriving at the end of the month, can’t wait!!


  30. I haven’t been too successful with jellyroll type things, I usually end up having to coat the outside in whipped cream to hide the flaws…
    Anything with cream cheese frosting is pretty awesome though…

  31. That pumpkin roll looks delish! I’ve never made a roll before…I think I need to try this! I’m so loving pumpkin right now!

  32. Oh this looks so good – i have never made pumpkin roll before.

    Love your couch, I could just melt into this with a good cookook in hand to read πŸ™‚

    Rosie x

  33. Those are beautiful! Definitely pocketing this recipe to make for a fall family party. Thanks for sharing these!

  34. These are one of our favorite desserts for Thanksgiving. My son loves to help roll them up and slice them. We love to give them to friends for the holidays, too. But oh my goodness, I’ve not tried freezing them! You are so smart!

  35. Maria, These look absolutely scrumptious! I’ve never had them before but I love anything pumpkin and I love that you can make them ahead of time and then, freeze them. So many delicious recipes to try, so little time!!

  36. my mom made this exact roll every year for me when i was younger! it’s very nostalgic for me πŸ™‚

  37. I can’t believe I’ve never made a pumpkin roll! My family (and everyone I know) LOVES them. This is totally gonna happen this holiday season!

  38. HI πŸ™‚ This recipe sounds delicious! Is there something to substitute for the lemon? I’m allergic to lemon so can’t have it. Would it taste okay if the lemon was left out? Would love your opinion. Thanks so much!

  39. this is one of the best things i have ever eaten! i made it last week and i think it will be the hit of the season! please do yourself a favor and go make this right now!

  40. Hello!
    I have never made a roll cake before and was wondering what size jelly roll pan to use? These look delicious!! Pumpkin rolls are my family’s favorite come fall time but the ingredients in the store bought ones are awful!! So happy I found this recipe and I can’t wait to try it!!