Cracked Cake Roll

My pumpkin cake rolls always crack when I roll them up. How can I keep them from doing this? —B.S. Macon, Mississippi

First, be sure the cake batter is spread evenly in the pan. This will promote even baking and help your cake remain moist. A moist cake has less chance of cracking. Overbaking could also be the culprit. The thin layer of cake batter in the typical 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan takes only about 10 to 15 minutes to bake. Check your cake after 8 or 9 minutes and watch closely until it tests done. It should be lightly browned, and the top should spring back when lightly touched. Remove the cake from the pan onto a towel as soon as you take it from the oven. Roll up the cake in the towel and cool on a wire rack.