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Pumpkin roll with a slice cut on a white surface

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

This pumpkin roll recipe makes the yummiest dessert for the holidays, and it is pretty simple to make.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin roll, pumpkin roll recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling + chilling time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 10 slices
Calories 341 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


For the cake

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar - for dusting

For the cream cheese filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar for garnish if desired


Making the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a 10x15 inch sheet pan or jelly roll pan with parchment paper. I like to spray the pan with cooking spray then add the parchment paper to help it stay in place.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until a thick yellow batter forms. Then beat in pumpkin until fully combined. Stir in the flour mixture to combine it well with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Spread the pumpkin cake batter evenly into the prepared pan. You can use an offset spatula if you have one to smooth out the cake batter. A large metal spoon also works great.
  5. Bake the cake in the middle rack of the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when touched.
  6. Meanwhile, take a clean, thin kitchen towel, lay it out onto a flat surface and dust it with powdered sugar all over. It doesn't need to be overly covered in sugar, just a nice thin layer is fine. This is where you will put the cake after it is done baking.
  7. Once the cake is done baking, immediately loosen and lift it out of the pan using the ends of the parchment paper and place it onto a cooling rack, leaving it on the parchment paper.
  8. Then use the cooling rack to help you invert the cake carefully onto the sugared kitchen towel and very carefully peel off the parchment paper by lifting it while also lightly pressing the cake down so it doesn't crack.
  9. Then turn the cake so the narrower end is facing you and carefully and tightly roll it up in the towel. This will help it form that roll cake shape. Place the cake onto the cooling rack so that it can cool completely.

Making the cream cheese icing/ filling

  1. Once the cake has fully cooled you can make the cream cheese icing. Add the cream cheese and butter to a medium size mixing bowl and beat it with a hand mixer until it is fully incorporated. Add in the powdered sugar and whisk until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and keep whisking for 30 seconds or so to blend it in.

Assemble the pumpkin roll

  1. Carefully unroll the pumpkin cake using the kitchen towel to guide you. Go slow so you don’t break the cake. The reason for rolling it up is to allow it to retain that rolled shape while it cools so it will roll up more easily once you add the frosting.
  2. Spread a nice, even, thick layer of the frosting all over the cake to cover the entire cake. You can use an offset spatula or a rubber spatula to do this.
  3. Now re-roll the cake into a nice, tight log. Wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap and let it cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour so it can set up. This will help the cake remain intact when you slice it.
  4. After an hour it is time to unwrap the cake and slice it. Remove the cake from the refrigerator, unwrap it and use a serrated knife to slice off the ends of the cake. Then slice it into 1 - 1.5 inch slices. Make sure to clean off your knife after each slice to allow it to slice more easily.
  5. Sprinkle the slices of cake with more powdered sugar and serve! The powdered sugar will dissolve quickly so it is best to sprinkle the cake with the powdered sugar right before you serve it.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Roll Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 266mg12%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3128IU63%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.