Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Pumpkin Roll Cake + Video

A classic pumpkin roll cake will never go out of style - it’s easy, tasty, and fun! Make this stunning dessert to serve after a holiday meal.

A pumpkin spice roll is a wonderful alternative to a traditional pie. It has all the classic flavors you love, but it’s wrapped around a rich cream cheese filling too!

You may be nervous to take on this kind of dessert, but it’s really quite simple. All you need are the right tools and a little bit of patience.

Does autumn mean “pumpkin spice everything” to you? Then you’ll love the seasonal flavors incorporated in these snickerdoodle cookies or ooey gooey bombs. I even have a New York cheesecake recipe if you’re craving something truly decadent!

Pumpkin Roll Cake sliced and arranged on a board

Pumpkin Roll Cake - Tips and Tricks

  • Spray the pan. This prevents the parchment paper from sliding around when you pour in the batter.
  • Use room temperature ingredients. Allow the eggs to rest on the counter about 30 minutes before you get started. They’ll incorporate more evenly into the batter and give the cake a fluffier texture.
  • Go slow! Take your time when rolling and watch the edges so they stay even. 
  • Tip for preventing cracks: The cake is more pliable when hot, so you’ll need to shape it right out of the oven. Once it cools in this shape, you can unroll it to add the filling and reshape it without any breaks!
  • Create perfect slices. Unflavored dental floss glides cleanly through the cake without squishing like a knife might. If you don’t have any, be sure to use a large knife that is very sharp - you want to press down in one motion, not saw back and forth.

pumpkin swiss roll ingredients

Video: Pumpkin Swiss Roll

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video in this post.

pumpkin spice roll batter in a pan

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Jelly Roll Pan lined with parchment - I use a 15x10, which is typically the standard size, to make this pumpkin spice roll.
  • Electric Mixer for whipping up the cream cheese filling
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Tea Towel - Essential for making this dessert. Plus, they’re handy for everyday use too!

pumpkin roll cake rolled up in a towel

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What’s the best way to soften cream cheese?

On the counter is the preferred method so the texture is consistent. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to soften, so keep an eye on the clock.

If you forgot, don’t worry! You can unwrap the block, place it on a heat-safe plate, and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds at 50% power.

pumpkin swiss roll frosted and rerolled

Can I make a pumpkin swiss roll ahead of time?

You sure can! Between baking, rolling, and chilling, it already takes several hours to make. I highly recommend preparing this a day or two in advance if you’ll be serving it at a holiday meal.

Keep it whole and slice just before serving. Once sliced, pumpkin roll cake will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze the dessert whole for up to a month, then thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Wrap it tightly in multiple layers of plastic to prevent it from drying out.

pumpkin spice roll on a cutting board


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pumpkin roll cake close up on a board

Yield: 12
Author: Allison Miller
Pumpkin Roll Cake

Pumpkin Roll Cake

A classic pumpkin roll cake will never go out of style - it’s easy, tasty, and fun! Make this stunning dessert to serve after a holiday meal.
Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line a 15”x10” jelly roll pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together your eggs, sugar, flour, pumpkin, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger until no lumps remain.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and spread it out to the sides.
  5. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the top springs back when touched, remove from oven.
  6. Liberally sprinkle the hot cake with powdered sugar. Place a tea towel that is slightly larger than your cake over top. Top with a cooling rack or larger baking sheet on top of that. Hold the stack together firmly and flip the cake over onto the cooling rack. Remove the parchment paper.
  7. While the cake is still hot, fold the towel over the short edge of the cake. Slowly roll up your cake (with the tea towel inside) and leave it rolled until it is completely cooled about 1-1 1/2 hours.
  8. Meanwhile to make your filling beat your cream cheese in a medium bowl until it is light and fluffy.
  9. Add your butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth, set aside.
  10. Carefully unroll your cooled cake roll, remove the towel and spread your filling all over the surface of the cake. Then roll the cake back up tightly. Wrap the cake in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

pumpkin roll cake closeup

Originally published November 2017, updated and republished October 2021

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