Pumpkin Roll

This classic pumpkin roll recipe is made with a delicious pumpkin cake and heavenly cream cheese filling, and it’s surprisingly easy to make!  Be sure to check out the step-by-step video tutorial below.  This post also contains affiliate links.

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Hey friends!  I’m popping back in to edit this post — three years after it originally aired here on zee blog — because I have two Very Important Pumpkin Roll updates to share with you.

First, we now have a fancy new video tutorial to go along with this recipe now, which I’m very excited about.  Because, of all the recipes on this blog, I have received probably the most questions from you all about the “roll” part of this recipe.  It’s one of those that’s harder to explain with text and pictures, so I’m happy to say that you can now watch the whole process in about 1 minute in the video at the bottom of this post.  Yessss!

Second, I need to let you all know that I have actually completely changed my method for how to make a pumpkin roll since I originally posted this three years ago.  The recipe is still the same.  But the old use-a-powdered-sugar-covered-towel-to-roll-up-the-cake method always used to weird me out a bit.  (<– I mean, I always used clean towels, but still.  The potential for towel fuzzies or smell seeping into the take always used to weird me out, and trying to flip the cake was hard, and all of that sugar always made such a mess!)  So I did a little experimenting, and as it turns out, you can absolutely — and very easily — roll, unroll, and roll this cake up again using a single simple sheet of parchment paper.  Mind = blown.  It’s SO much easier and doesn’t make a mess, and the pumpkin roll is as delicious as always.

So if you love pumpkin rolls as much as I do, you’ve gotta try it!  ♥ 

 

Pumpkin Roll Recipe Video (1 Minute)

 

Alright, let’s do this!

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

To make your pumpkin roll, begin by mixing up a simple pumpkin cake batter.  You can either do this in a large mixing bowl by hand, or with a stand mixer.

Then lay a piece of parchment paper (<– I’m a big fan of these pre-cut sheets) in a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan, leaving some extra room on the long (15-inch) sides so that you can easily lift the cake out after baking.  I like to sprinkle a little bit of water on my baking sheet to help the parchment stick and stay in place while I pour on the batter.  Then spread the batter evenly on top of the parchment.

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then get ready.  Because as soon as the cake comes out of the oven, run a knife around the short (10-inch) sides of the pan to loosen the cake.  Then grab the sides of the parchment to lift the cake out of the pan (careful not to burn yourself), and place it on a flat heat-proof surface.  (You may need to use oven mitts since the cake will still be very hot!)

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then very carefully roll the cake — I prefer rolling short end to short end — until it forms a complete roll.  Transfer that to a wire cooling rack and let it cool completely to room temperature, seam-side-down so that they cake does not unroll.  Then while the cake is cooling, whip up your cream cheese filling.  You can either do this by hand or in a stand mixer.  Just be sure that your ingredients are room temp so that they’re easy to stir!

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Once the cake has cooled, place it back on a flat surface and gently unroll it until the cake is mostly flat again.  Then spread the cream cheese filling out evenly on top of the cake, leaving a 3/4-inch border around all sides of the cake so that the filling doesn’t spill out while the cake is being re-rolled.

Then go ahead and roll the cake back up again, carefully peeling off the parchment paper as you roll until it until it is released.  Wrap the finished pumpkin roll tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for at least an hour.

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Once the cake has chilled a bit (especially that filling), remove and unwrap it when you’re ready to serve.  Then lightly dust the entire roll with powdered sugar, and slice it up!  I like to take a small slice off of both ends before serving, just in case the cream cheese didn’t completely fill those edges, to make it extra pretty.

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then voila — your beautiful pumpkin roll will be ready to enjoy!

Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

Alright, time to roll!  Enjoy, everyone!  :)

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Pumpkin Roll

This classic Pumpkin Roll recipe is always a crowd favorite!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Cake Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • optional: powdered sugar (to sprinkle on at the end!)

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

To Make The Pumpkin Roll:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and granulated sugar for 1 minute until thick. Add in the vanilla and pumpkin, and whisk until just combined. Fold in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula, and stir together until just combined.
  4. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper, leaving an extra 1-inch of parchment sticking up on both 15-inch sides of the pan so that you can easily lift the cake out after baking.  (If you’d like the parchment to stick to the bottom of the pan more easily, sprinkle a little bit of water on the pan and then press the parchment paper on top of it.  You can also lightly mist the top of the parchment paper with cooking spray for easier cake release afterwards, although it’s not required.)
  5. Spread the batter evenly into prepared pan.  Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when touched. Carefully lift the parchment paper and cake out onto a flat (and heat-safe) surface.  Then slowly, use your hands to roll the cake — rolling from the short end to the short end — until it is completely rolled up.  Transfer the cake roll to a wire rack, and cool until it reaches room temperature.
  6. While the cake is cooling, make the cream cheese filling (see below).
  7. Once the cake has reached room temperature, transfer the cake roll to a flat surface, and carefully it until it is flat again (or mostly flat, it’s ok if the ends curl up a bit). Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over cake, leaving a 3/4-inch border on all sides.  Then carefully re-roll the cake, gently peeling away the parchment paper as you roll until you can completely remove and discard it. Tightly wrap the pumpkin roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
  8. Remove and unwrap the pumpkin roll and transfer it to your serving dish. Lightly dust the pumpkin roll on all sides with powdered sugar, if you would like.  Then slice* and serve.
  9. If you have leftovers, just re-wrap the pumpkin roll in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To Make The Cream Cheese Filling:

  1. Whisk together cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl 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.  (You want a medium consistency so that the filling is easy to spread, but not too warm or thin that it will ooze out of the cake when you’re rolling it up.)

*If you want the cake to be pretty on the very ends, I recommend slicing off about 1/2-inch of the cake on both ends before serving.  Then you’ll definitely see those pretty cream cheese swirls!

Recipe slighty adapted from Libby’s.  Edited September 2016.

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Learn how to make this classic pumpkin roll recipe with a step-by-step photo and video tutorial! It's easy to make ahead of time, it's filled with a heavenly cream cheese filling, and it's always a crowd favorite!! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. This looks delish! What’s your opinion on freezing it? I was thinking of making a couple and freezing one for a later date. What do you think?

  2. Simple easy to make & very, very good

    Rating: 5
  3. Can you freeze it for later? Can you use fresh pumpkin?

  4. I followed this recipe EXACTLY like the video and my pumpkin roll was PERFECT! Delicious and my family LOVED it! I will definitely do this over and over especially for the holidays coming up. Thank you for the video that definitely helped.

    Rating: 5
  5. OMG, this is the best I’ve ever tried. This is a HUGE hit. Haven’t made it myself yet, but tried it from a friend who made it and I would die for this. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

    Rating: 5
  6. Can you use can of pumpkin or does it have to be puree

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  9. Last year I found your recipe, made 4 tolls for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I loved it and delicious! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  10. Made this roll last week. Awesome! Delicious and so easy to make. Now making it again for Thanksgiving instead of pumpkin pie, which I love!

    Rating: 5
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  12. Fabulous my family and friends loved it!

    Rating: 5
  13. I hope to try this recipe out really soon because it sounds super. I’ll let you know later what my family thinks of it.

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  17. Oh my goodness, I have been making pumpkin rolls for years with the damp powdered sugar covered towel…why have I never thought of this? My son just put his request in for pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving..sure gonna give this a try..thank you!!

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  19. Do you think I can make the day before?

  20. Easy and delicious. !!!

    Rating: 5
  21. I make pumpkin rolls every year, they are my favorite and I found this one to modify the one I’ve been making and like it a lot!! But ever time I unroll my cake to fill it will the filling, the cake cracks and it frustrates me. Is there any way to avoid the cracking?

    Rating: 5
  22. Made this today…my cake was a little things in spots so my filling kinda oozed out but was still pretty tasty!!😀

    Rating: 4
  23. Do you have a chocolate cake roll recipe you like? I would love to have both at my table.

    Rating: 5
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  27. The first time I made this recipe I used a Wilton pan, let it bake for 15 minutes and had no problems with unrolling. Tonight I used the same pan you suggested, baked for 15 minutes, waited for it to cool but when I went to unroll it the cake cracked in 2 places. What could have happened?

    Rating: 5
  28. I have been making these for years, and this new method of no towel roll up has revolutionized the process for me! This is the first time I’ve had zero cracking, plus NO MESS! Thank you for posting this! Proof you can teach an old dog new tricks. 😊

    Rating: 4
  29. Thank you for the video…so helpful!

    Rating: 5
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  32. I love this recipe! Last year, a day before thanksgiving my sister and I were first timers in making pumpkin rolls and this recipe was very easy to follow. We will definitely continue on this recipe this year as well. Our family and friends loved it and are asking us to make them again this year, so a big thank you for this delicious recipe!😊

    Rating: 5
  33. I want it all! Looks soooo good!

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  35. Made this for thanksgiving yesterday and everyone LOVED it!

    Rating: 5
  36. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin… Do you think I could replace it with apple in this recipe?

    Rating: 5
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