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Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

You’ve got to try out this easy pumpkin roll recipe for fall. This cake is the perfect recipe to surprise your loved ones with on a cozy day.

If you want a dessert that has all of the warmth of the fall spices but is also easy to put together on a whim, this is a great cake option! 

Another huge bonus about this recipe is it’s completely finished in under half an hour!

Are you looking for a cake roll for a birthday? Then check out this birthday cake roll recipe!

three slices of this easy pumpkin roll recipe

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Why you’ll love this recipe

This pumpkin roll from scratch only takes 10 minutes of prep and bakes for 15 minutes, so by the time you’re done cleaning up, it’ll be ready to be served! 

A cake roll is also a fun twist off of the usual 2-3 tiered cake making it something different that will definitely wow those you share it with! If you like making cake rolls this swiss roll cake is another dessert that everyone will love.

Ingredients for this recipe

Cake flour: The base of this entire cake.
Pumpkin puree: The pumpkin flavor for the recipe.
White sugar: To sweeten the cake.
Brown sugar: For a deep sweetness.
Eggs: To help bind the ingredients.
Cinnamon: For cozy fall flavors.
Nutmeg: A warm spice to include in the cake.
Ginger: Another warm spice to complete the fall flavoring.
Butter: Adding moisture to the cake.
Cream cheese: For delicious, creamy icing.
Confectioners sugar: For the sweet icing.

ingredients needed for this easy pumpkin cake roll recipe

Equipment needed for this recipe

For this recipe, you’ll want to use mixing bowls to hold the ingredients and mix them together. Then for the actual mixing, a hand mixer will make things easier for you. Bake the cake mixture in this jelly roll pan on top of some parchment paper and cooking spray. Use a cooling rack to help everything cool off evenly, and store it in an airtight container.

How to make the best pumpkin roll recipe

cake ingredients together in a bowl

Step 1: In a medium size bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown and white sugars, cake flour, and spices.

hand mixer in liquid

Step 3: Beat egg whites on medium-high for 2-4 minutes. Or until stiff peaks form.

spreading out cake batter onto baking sheet

Step 5: Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper, up over the edges as well, and cover with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.

rolling the cake sponge

Step 7: Remove cake from oven. Lift or slide the parchment-lined cake onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool slightly. Roll the cake inside parchment paper and set aside to cool completely.

cake roll sliced with powdered sugar on top.

Step 9: Re-roll the cake without the parchment paper. Sprinkle with confectioner sugar and store in the fridge until ready to slice and serve.

whisking batter and eggs

Step 2: Separate eggs. Add egg yolks to cake mixture.

mixing ingredients together

Step 4: Gently fold egg whites into the cake mixture. Do not over-mix.

ingredients for icing together in a bowl

Step 6: While the cake is in the oven, beat together cream cheese, butter, and confectioner sugar until creamy and smooth. Set aside.

cake sponge flat and iced

Step 8: Unroll the cooled cake and spread the cream cheese filling, completely covering
cake.

three stacked slices of this easy pumpkin roll recipe

Enjoy!

Expert Tips

– For best results, allow the cake to set up in the fridge overnight.
– Roll the cake while it’s still warm to prevent cracks.
– Before letting the cake unroll to add the icing, be sure it has cooled completely to help prevent cracks in the cake sponge.

Recipes to try if you like this homemade pumpkin roll recipe

If you like this homemade pumpkin cake recipe, then you’ll likely really enjoy this easy pumpkin cookies recipe which is a great beginner recipe for those wanting to make a nice autumnal dessert. If you like a soft dish for dessert, then you really should try this smooth pumpkin mousse! However, if you’re looking for another easy fall cake recipe, you really can’t go wrong with this pumpkin dump cake. If you’re looking for something to wash the cake down with, then this sweet and creamy Starbucks vanilla frappuccino recipe would be a great addition to your dessert!

Common Questions

How do you make a cake roll without cracking it?

To prevent cracking, roll the cake while it’s still warm and let the cake sponge cool fully before unrolling to add the icing.

stacked slices of the pumpkin roll

Storage suggestions

To keep leftovers of this cake fresh, be sure to keep it in an airtight container at room temperature. Eat within 3 days for the freshest bite.

Yield: 8 Servings

Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

three slices of this easy pumpkin roll recipe

You've got to try out this easy pumpkin roll recipe for fall. This cake is the perfect recipe to surprise your loved ones with on a cozy day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup cake flour
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1⁄2 cup white sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together pumpkin, brown and white sugars, cake flour, and spices.

    2. Separate eggs. Add egg yolks to cake mixture.

    3. Beat egg whites on medium high for 2-4 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.

    4. Gently fold egg whites into cake mixture. Do not over mix.

    5. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper, up over the edges as well, and cover with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.

    6. While cake is in the oven, beat together cream cheese, butter, and
    confectioner sugar until creamy and smooth. Set aside.

    7. Remove cake from oven. Lift or slide parchment lined cake onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool slightly. Roll cake inside parchment paper and set aside to cool completely.

    8. Unroll cooled cake and spread cream cheese filling, completely covering cake.

    9. Re-roll cake without the parchment paper. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and store in fridge until ready to slice and serve.

Notes

* For best results, allow the cake to setup in the fridge overnight.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

debi

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

I have been baking since I was a kid, I have never made a cake/roll of any kind that did not have salt and baking soda, this was a first! Very quick and easy but the lack of baking soda has me stumped. I read and re-read the recipe multiple times. Have to wait to get everyone's comments.

Michele

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Hello Debi,

There is no salt in our recipe, but there is baking soda and it was omitted in a typing error. I have updated the recipe and thanks for catching that! Sometimes copying from your notes to a blog post make us miss something and it's not a good thing. - Michele

Miz Helen

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Congratulations, your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,506. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you will come back soon! Miz Helen

Kippi Ohern

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Yum, this looks delicious! Have a great day, Kippi

Create With Joy

Saturday 17th of October 2020

I always thought that the first time I made a "roll" cake it would be a jelly-filled one, Michele, but I am definitely rethinking that idea as your Easy Pumpkin Roll looks A-MA-ZING! Congrats for being featured on Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this weekend - I can't wait to try this! :-)

Marilyn

Saturday 17th of October 2020

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