Dec 8, 2012

Pumpkin Cake Roll

As we are in Fall Festival and Thanks Giving season, the Food Magazines and Blog world are full of pumpkin related recipes making it a feast to eyes. That reminds me that I have never made any pumpkin related recipes so far and today this beautiful Pumpkin Cake Roll recipe caught my eye. As I have never made a cake roll before, this is going to be a baking challenge for me. If it comes good, my sweet lovers in the family will be happy, if not it will be a good experience for me and it keeps some laughs for memories in future.
Pumpkin Cake Roll
I have adapted this recipe from Libby's recipe, but played with some spice measures in my version here. The preparation of cake roll involves some artful steps like rolling the cake, and unrolling the cake and again rolling it back with filling spread. Oh, Boy! any thing artful means it makes me nervous. After reading the recipe, I have lost good feelings about rolling the cake part. But anyways, went ahead gave it a try. The effort was totally worth it. At the end the Pumpkin Cake Roll came as one piece, looked  gorgeous, tasted delicious, leaving an awesome experience.

So I have rolled the cake for the first time with no failure and it is not as bad as i thought.  Am I ready to make another cake roll? Yes, next time it's going to be chocolaty! :-) Here is my version of Pumpkin Roll Recipe, Njoy!

Adapted from: Libby's Pumpkin Roll

For Cake:
powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel) - 1/4 cup
all-purpose flour - 3/4 cup
baking powder - 1/2 tsp
baking soda - 1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
salt - 1/4 tsp
eggs - 3
granulated sugar - 1 cup
Pumpkin Puree - 2/3 cup
walnuts, chopped - 1 cup ( optional)

For Filling:
cream cheese - 8 oz
powdered sugar - 1cup
6 tablespoons butter ( softened) - 6 Tbsp
vanilla extract - 1tsp
Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)


Bake Cake:
PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan (I have used cookie sheet with 1/2 inch edge); line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton (or paper) kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with copped walnuts.

BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Re-roll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


  • Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick. 
  • The recipe called for Jelly Roll Pan, which i don't have, but I have used my cookie sheet ( with 1/2 inch height edge) after looking at the results, i can tell you to confidently use the cookie sheet, if you don't have jelly-roll pan. 
  • You can use the fresh pumpkin puree or canned puree. Today in this recipe, I have used the canned one. 
  • After rolling the cake with filling, I have kept in the freezer for 30 minutes so that it will be firm and then moved to refrigerator and kept it there for 30 minutes. because of this it was firm and cutting this cake roll became piece of cake :-)

will be back with one more great recipe...


  1. looks great and you have done it so well :)

  2. Thats a great looking roll cake... Would love a bite

  3. Very attractive roll, beautiful and neatly done.

  4. very tempting role.. nicely presented

  5. cake roll looks very tempting and is making me hungry!
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  6. This looks delish! I love pumpkin desserts. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

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