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. amanda

    Happy Thanksgiving, Nicole! the pumpkin roll looks amazing!

    9:42 pm  Nov 23rd, 2006
  2. Vanessa

    Nicole, enjoy your holiday with your family. Thanks for thinking of me. Happy Thanksgiving!

    11:53 pm  Nov 23rd, 2006
  3. Malnurtured Snay

    That does look good! Yum! Happy Thanksgiving!

    2:15 am  Nov 24th, 2006
  4. rachel

    Yummy! Happy Thanksgiving!

    3:08 am  Nov 24th, 2006
  5. Jennifer

    Happy Thanksgiving, Nicole! I’ve missed you!

    3:59 am  Nov 24th, 2006
  6. Ivonne

    Happy Thanksgiving, Nicole!

    5:19 am  Nov 24th, 2006
  7. Julia

    that looks amazing, I love it (!)
    might be even better than pumpkin pie…;)
    happy thanksgiving!

    9:14 am  Nov 24th, 2006
  8. Brilynn

    I’ve been wondering where you disappeared to! Can’t wait until your back in the kitchen…

    4:23 pm  Nov 24th, 2006
  9. Pearl

    Happy Thanksgiving. Good times with good family is good to hear.

    6:05 pm  Nov 24th, 2006
  10. janet

    I make this recipe quite often. It is yummy.

    5:40 am  Nov 25th, 2006
  11. experienceaurie

    I am a greedy heffer!!!

    3:33 am  Nov 25th, 2006
  12. connie

    happy thanksgiving! and the composition of this photograph is absolutely lovely! i love the colors just as i’m sure i’d love the flavors!

    all the best to you and your family

    5:35 pm  Nov 25th, 2006
  13. fracas

    That looks totally yummy! I can almost smell it all the way from Saskatchewan.

    7:09 am  Nov 26th, 2006
  14. Ari (Baking and Books)

    Sounds delicious and the photo is fantastic! Bravo!

    Who makes the plate your pumpkin roll is sitting on?

    6:34 pm  Nov 26th, 2006
  15. Lisa (Homesick Texan)

    I hope you had a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving! I know you returned to the US under sad circumstances, but I’m happy for you that you’re getting to spend so much time with your loved ones.

    This looks terrific–but I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin flavored.

    4:18 am  Nov 27th, 2006
  16. Patricia Scarpin

    Nicole, I hope you’re having a wondeful time!

    Beautiful photo – and yummy recipe!

    2:38 pm  Nov 27th, 2006
  17. Alicat

    I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! :)

    I just noticed that you have my old, soon-to-be deleted blog url in your sidebar.

    the new url is:

    http://www.somethingsoclever.com
    :)

    6:26 pm  Nov 27th, 2006
  18. Mae

    The photograph is stunning, Nicole. Love the DOF.

    I’ve never tasted pumpkin as dessert just yet…

    1:01 pm  Nov 27th, 2006
  19. ChefClub.net

    Oh my gosh this looks delicious! My mouth is watering like crazy! Hehe you should DEFINITELY enter this in the recipe contest at http://www.chefclub.net!

    Awesome blog, keep up the good work and uh, I’ll keep EATING it up! Haha

    3:26 am  Nov 29th, 2006
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  21. Stephanie

    Hey Nicole,

    You and Ruby did an awesome job on this recipe and picture! I loved it. I plan to use it for the Christmas meal with the inlaws:)
    And…it was great having you home. We have all missed you a lot. And feeling a bit sad to know that we will not have the privilege of you up for a gathering or a very large meal at a restaurant in Kingsburg:) heehee…well for another year anyways. :) Ok I should not get so sappy on your food website. WE WILL MISS YOU! Safe trip home this week.
    Love~Chris and Steph

    12:56 am  Nov 30th, 2006
  22. Jessica

    Your photos improve with each post I think. Any secret?
    I have a question not concerning food. I’m left the US to move to Switzerland, giving up the plan of getting a masters in Educ. I noticed on your profile that you are doing distance learning. would you mind if we chatted via email one time about that experience…how you chose school/find the program etc?

    4:06 pm  Nov 30th, 2006
  23. bea at La tartine gourmande

    Yum, what a lovely lovely looking-roll! Happy holidays to you!

    5:41 pm  Nov 30th, 2006
  24. Helen

    Can’t wait for you to be back! Glad you had a good time!
    Enjoy the holiday season!

    4:54 am  Dec 2nd, 2006
  25. Tom

    Oh my word. I’ve piled on the pounds just looking at that mouth-watering treat. Pumpkin and chocolate – my two favs.

    2:17 pm  Dec 9th, 2006
  26. Kristen

    Oh wow… that looks incredible!

    3:46 pm  Dec 13th, 2006
  27. eliza

    that’s a wonderful crafted pumpkin roll! i just discovered your blog from your entry to DMBLGIT Nov 2006. hope you’ll be the winner!

    7:48 pm  Dec 23rd, 2006
  28. Sarah

    WOW! My rolls never come out that perfect!!! What’s your secret?

    11:27 pm  Jan 2nd, 2007
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  30. hilaria

    wow you are great !!!!

    10:52 pm  Jan 6th, 2007
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  36. Jim K. Hudson

    Just found your website and really like it. I have made the Libby’s pumpkin roll recipe for the last 2-3 years. But this is (sort of) a seasonal thing, so I made some substitutions that have been well received. First, I substitute drained, sweetened strawberries for the pumpkin. 2/3 Cup is fine, but be sure to drain them or the cake is a bit mushy. Second, I use strawberry cream cheese. Often, I also add strawberries to the cream cheese as well. Another difference I occasionally utilize is that I add pecans to the strawberry/strawberry cream cheese mixture, not just with the cake.

    8:26 am  Oct 9th, 2008
  37. Zoë François

    Ooooh, that looks fabulous! I just love your presentation. I never think to do a rolled cake. I love it!

    9:13 pm  Oct 17th, 2008
  38. My Sweet & Saucy

    This is sooo gorgeous! It looks quite tasty too!

    7:58 pm  Oct 18th, 2008
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  40. meg

    wow, i tried this today and it was absolutely delicious! i’m definitely adding this to my recipe book!

    2:13 am  Nov 25th, 2008
  41. Kathryn Kersh Nicholson

    Pumpkin roll is part of our Thanksgiving tradition & has been since I first tried the recipe. I made it for our office Thanksgiving meal and had many requests for the recipe. One lady said her daughter now asks for this instead of a birthday cake each year! Yours looks lovely!

    3:00 pm  Jan 17th, 2009
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  45. Joseph M.

    I made this over the weekend, with two slight modifications, and it was a neighborhood hit! Great recipe.
    I added some other spice to the mix and it was very nice.

    Thank you posting this!

    Joseph

    3:13 pm  Nov 10th, 2009
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  48. Barbara

    I have made this pumpkin roll for years and it is an excellent recipe and so easy. Sometimes I sprinkle finely chopped walnuts on the cake layer before I bake it or over the frosting after I have spread it on the cake . It makes for a little different taste and my family likes the change sometimes.

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  50. tavulous

    is this good. i hope it is. im making it for thanksgiving. yikes.

    9:16 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  51. 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
  52. 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
  53. tavulous

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

    9:39 pm  Mar 5th, 2011
  54. 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!

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  56. 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!

    8:13 am  Oct 30th, 2013
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    HAVE A GREAAAT HOLIDAY! Def. enjoy your FAMILY!!! Glad to see you posting again!

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