Pumpkin Roll

This pumpkin roll recipe is easier to make than you might think, and filled with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Homemade Pumpkin Roll -- simple to make, and filled with a delicious cream cheese icing | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

There are a few things that make this Fall different from years past:

1) The Kansas City Chiefs are winning.  Like, winning, people.  7-0!!!  Friends of mine who have never been into football are now clearing Sunday afternoons for the games.  (And if they are not, here’s why they should!) Henry even dressed up this weekend cheer them on.

2) Parenthood has now moved to Thursday nights, and I’m starting to watch the first season of New Girl (although I’m still not sold on the fact that it’s, like, thebestshowever).

3) I got a big poofy winter coat.  With a hood.  With fur.  Which means that I shall hereby no longer be complaining of the arrival of cold weather.  (Well, we’ll see.)

4) I finally learned how to make a pumpkin roll.

Homemade Pumpkin Roll -- simple to make, and filled with a delicious cream cheese icing | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

It’s true.  I have made pumpkin cake, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin barspumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer bread, pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin dips, and the list goes on and on.  But somehow I had never attempted the illustrious pumpkin ROLL.  So this year, I decided it was time to learn.


Year Of The Pumpkin Roll, baby!

Homemade Pumpkin Roll -- simple to make, and filled with a delicious cream cheese icing | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

It turns out that the process was quite a bit easier — and speedier! — than I expected.

For those who have never tried a pumpkin roll, you basically bake a very thin sheetcake on parchment paper.  Then as soon as it is pulled out of the oven, you invert it onto a towel (I just used a regular dishtowel!) that has been generously sprinkled with powdered sugar.  I repeat — generously.  You don’t want the cake to stick to the towel.  That’s bad news bears.  Then you simply roll the cake into a scroll, and let it cool in that position.  Then when you’re ready to add the heavenly frosting, gently unroll the cake and slather it on.  Then roll it back up and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to cut it.

For those who want a nice clean cut, I highly recommend cutting this the way I cut cinnamon rolls — with dental floss.  Simply place a piece of floss under the cake where you want to cut, wrap it around until the ends meet, then give a quick tug and it will slice the cake without making it flat on the bottom.  Voila!

I pretty much stuck to the classic Libby’s recipe, with a few modifications in the spices, but it was so pretty that I had to share it with you.  Happy pumpkin rolling!

Homemade Pumpkin Roll -- simple to make, and filled with a delicious cream cheese icing | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Pumpkin Roll

A classic pumpkin roll is always a crowd favorite!


Pumpkin Cake Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

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


To Make The Pumpkin Roll:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Grease paper with cooking spray. Lay out a thin, cotton kitchen towel so that it is flat, then sprinkle it generously with powdered sugar.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt in medium bowl until combined.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat eggs and granulated sugar on medium speed until thick. Add in vanilla and pumpkin, and beat until combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

When ready to add filling, carefully unroll cake and remove the towel. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over cake. Immediately re-roll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Slice to serve.

To Make The Cream Cheese Filling:

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract until smooth. If the filling is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add a half teaspoon or two of water.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Homemade Pumpkin Roll -- simple to make, and filled with a delicious cream cheese icing | gimmesomeoven.com #dessert

Leave a Comment:


  1. Brittany L — November 27, 2014 @ 9:18 am (#)

    This is cooking right now. So far so good but I’m so nervous!!!

  2. Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents — December 22, 2014 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    Made this for our family Christmas get-together. Big hit! I didn’t get to bring any home. :-) I used to make them all the time, but couldn’t find my recipe. So glad I found yours!

  3. Lillie Breaux — September 15, 2015 @ 6:50 am (#)

    Love this recipe and easy to do.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15th, 2015 @ 10:59 am

      Thanks Lillie, we’re happy to hear that! :)

  4. Brandi — October 13, 2015 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    I made this today. I was nervous since i have never made one before. Turns out i was nervous for nothing. It was so easy and very yummy!!!! Making another one tomorrow for a neighbor!! Thanks so much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 14th, 2015 @ 11:56 am

      Yay, we’re glad it turned out so well!

  5. Anne — October 19, 2015 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Could I use pumpkin pie spice in place of the spices…I am out of ginger!  If so, how much? Thanks. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20th, 2015 @ 12:24 pm

      Hi Anne, we think that should work fine! We’d suggest 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of the pumpkin pie spice. We would maybe start at 1 1/2, taste the batter, and you can always add more if you need it. We hope this helps!

  6. Jessie — October 20, 2015 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    This looks delicious, and I will hopefully be making it this weekend for a party. I just have one question, how much would it change the flavor to cut out the cinnamon all together? My niece is allergic.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20th, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

      Thanks Jessie, we hope everyone enjoys it! And hmmm, for the cinnamon, we think if you just up the ginger, nutmeg and cloves (to compensate), then it should be great! :)

  7. Linda Manns Linneman — October 20, 2015 @ 4:12 pm (#)

    This pumpkin roll sounds so good.  I can’t wait to try this recipe.  I am going to make it for Thanksgiving

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20th, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

      Thanks Linda, we hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  8. Margem01 — October 26, 2015 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    I would like to know two things:
    1. Have anyone tried to make this with cardamon?
    2. Does anyone have a pumpkin cream-cheese filling recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 29th, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

      Hi Marge! We haven’t tried this with cardamom, but we think that would be a beautiful addition! :)

  9. Pauline Reinert — October 28, 2015 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    How do you get them from cracking?  I made 2, one cracked and the other was perfect!   Also, how much could someone sell these for?  I’m thinking of making some and selling them!  Thanks!

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

      When I turn the pumpkin cake onto the prepared towel, I try to do so quickly and keep the pan as close to the tea towel as possible so that it doesn’t crack when it’s released. That’s my best tip! And I have no idea how much you should sell these for — but they’re delicious, so I bet people would buy them! :)

  10. Sharon K. Moritz — October 29, 2015 @ 9:45 pm (#)

    I made this. I haven’t tasted it yet. ‘m wait for hubby. I was wondering if it can be frozen. Do you know?

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 5:15 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t think this one will freeze well with the cream cheese. Gotta just enjoy it quickly! :)

  11. Melissa Hayes — November 4, 2015 @ 9:27 am (#)

    just wondering if this will still be tasty if prepared the night before serving? I’ve got a lot to make for thanksgiving dinner this year and trying to figure out what will be ok to bake the night before😊

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 4th, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

      It definitely should be! We hope you and your family enjoy it come turkey day! :)

  12. Devona — November 13, 2015 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe!! I always get compliments on it when I make it. I’ve even had people ask me to make it for them. It’s soo tasty. Best recipe by far. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 13th, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words Devona, we’re so happy you like this! :)

  13. Sharon — November 22, 2015 @ 7:58 am (#)

    A reader asked if pumpkin roll can be frozen. It can and freezes beautifully. Just take it out an hour or so to thaw. Your recipe is a keeper. Very similar to mine.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 9:20 am

      Thanks Sharon, we appreciate you sharing!

  14. Laura — December 2, 2015 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    I was wondering if  a jelly roll pan is mandatory? I only have cookie sheets with small sides :( 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

      It’s totally not mandatory Laura, your cookie sheets will work fine. :) We hope you enjoy!

  15. Alex — March 9, 2016 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    Is there any option for creme cheese filling? My husband is lactose intolerant. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 9th, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

      Hi Alex! Vegan cream cheese would be your best bet. We hope you two enjoy!


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