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.
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! ♥
Alright, let’s do this!
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
Then voila — your beautiful pumpkin roll will be ready to enjoy!
Alright, time to roll! Enjoy, everyone! :)
This classic Pumpkin Roll recipe is always a crowd favorite!
*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.All images and text ©
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