Pumpkin Roll Recipe

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sorry about the lack of recipes lately but I’m still in the states enjoying time with my family. I’ll be back in my own kitchen by the beginning of December so keep checking back.

If you still have a can of pumpkin left in your pantry, try making this delicious Pumpkin Roll. It’s basically a pumpkin sponge cake rolled up with sweetened cream cheese. The one in the photo was made by my friend Ruby and has some chopped pecans mixed in with the filling, which is an optional but recommended addition. There are tons of pumpkin roll recipes out there but Ruby recommends the basic Libby’s Pumpkin Roll recipe.

Libby’s Pumpkin Roll

1/4 C. powdered sugar
3/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. salt
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. canned pumpkin

filling:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar, sifted
6 T. butter, softened
1 t. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 15×10 jelly roll pan (also known as half sheet pan); line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside. Spread out a clean, thin dish towel on the counter (make sure the towel is larger than your jelly roll pan); sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (this can be done using a mesh strainer).

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.

3. In a large bowl combine eggs and sugar; beat until thickened. Add pumpkin; beat until well mixed.

4. Stir in flour mixture into egg mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, easing it carefully to the corners with a spatula.

5. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched.

6. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert cake onto the prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot, starting with 10-inch side. Cool completely on wire rack (will take at least an hour).

7. When cake is almost completely cooled, make the filling: beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth.

8. When cake has cooled completely, unroll, spread with the cream cheese filling then re-roll cake. Wrap rolled cake in plastic wrap then refrigerate at least one hour (overnight is best).

9. When ready to serve, unwrap cake and place on a platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired (sift the sugar through a small mesh strainer for a nice presentation). Cut into slices.

source: Back of the Box Recipes

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63 Comments
  1. marthaa

    i sure hope it turns out fine! when i made this pumpkin roll it was absolutely delish. Good Luck! Happy Thanksgiving

    9:49 am  Nov 24th, 2010
  2. A Teenage Gourmet

    I’ve had this recipe tagged for a couple of years, and today was its day! It was simple and my cake rolled beautifully! I was really afraid about all of the rolling and unrolling, but it was a total success. My changes were: adding 1 tsp of lemon juice to the batter and only 4 T of butter and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar in the frosting. Thank you!

    4:50 pm  Nov 24th, 2010
  3. tavulous

    It turned out delicious! Thanks! I love all these recipes, they are so good!

    9:39 pm  Mar 5th, 2011
  4. Amy

    I don’t know how many times I tried “Roll Cake” but turned out “tri-folded cake”. It always breaks while I am trying to roll it. But I think I should give it a try for this recipe because the sponge is kind of thin…plus I love pumpkin!

    10:43 pm  Jan 24th, 2012
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  6. Angela

    I love this pumpkin roll!! i have made it so many times i know the ingredients without looking at the recipe! I have it memorized now lol i just made 4 of the rolls yesterday and everyone wanted the recipe ! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and i also make the banana rolls great way to use up those overripe bananas people sp yummy!

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    HAVE A GREAAAT HOLIDAY! Def. enjoy your FAMILY!!! Glad to see you posting again!

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