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Favorite Pumpkin Cake Roll Recipe
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Favorite Pumpkin Cake Roll Recipe

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This pumpkin cake roll is great to keep in the freezer for a quick dessert for my family or unexpected guests, to take to a gathering or to give as a yummy gift. The recipe is in such demand, I use a 29-ounce can of pumpkin to make four rolls at a time. —Erica Berchtold, Freeport, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + freezing
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 285 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 261 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and pumpkin, beating on high until sugar is almost dissolved.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread into prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and freeze until firm. May be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before cutting. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Cake Roll in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p48

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 285 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 261 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"This is really good. I love the towel idea. It helps a lot."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"I took it to a Thanksgiving banquet at church. It was a hit."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I love this dessert it is one of my favs"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Was so scared to make this - never did a roll before. Did add more spice to the cream (used a pumpkin pie spice blend through the entire recipe). Made four like recommended; so glad I did. They taste so good glad to have more, and very handy to have something so yummy ready in the freezer for unexpected company. Pull it out; wait a few minutes; dust with powder sugar; slice and serve - truly a perfect sweet treat :-) Will make again - from family response every holiday season from now on :-)"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"I have used this recipe now for 3 yrs, to take to both my family Thanksgiving, my family Christmas, and also my boyfriend's family Thanksgiving and family Christmas. It's a hit every year, my kids love it. My boyfriends mother told me she tried Buskins pumpkin roll and it just wasn't as good as "mine." I used to feel like it took so long to make, but now I have it down & it truly takes about 45 mins. I follow recipe exactly as it is, it needs NO changes. I put it in the fridge afterwards to let it moisten up. I've never used the freezer. There's no reason to try any other pumpkin roll recipe b/c this is amazing, for sure."

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