Pumpkin Roll

by Amy on 27 October 2013

Pumpkin RollToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

I was assigned the blog I Am A Honey Bee, written by the lovely Nicole. Her blog is full of lots of awesome recipes, dining out experiences, travels, + most excitingly, updates about her soon-to-be-born baby! It didn’t take me long to choose what recipe to try from her blog – I saw an awesome-looking pumpkin roll, which reminded me that I had yet to make a single pumpkin recipe so far this fall. The horror! So, I gathered up the ingredients + got baking. This was my first time making any sort of rolled cake + I admit, I was intimidated. However, it was far easier than I expected, coming together easily + quickly. And the flavor? Sooooo good. A moist, delicate, super flavorful pumpkin cake rolled up with a sweet, amazing cream cheese frosting. So delicious!

Thank you to Nicole for introducing me to this super scrumptious Pumpkin Roll + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

serves 8-10, adapted from I Am A Honey Bee + Libby‘s


For the pumpkin roll:
1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree

For the filling:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment paper + spray with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle a clean tea towel with powdered sugar. Set pan + towel aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice + salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat eggs, vanilla + sugar until thick. Add in pumpkin puree + mix to combine. Stir in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

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

Make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter + vanilla extract until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap + refrigerate at least one hour.

The pumpkin roll will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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1 Mimi @ Culinary Couture October 27, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I made this last week…it’s an amazing recipe!

2 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 28, 2013 at 12:30 am

This sounds delicious Amy! I would love a cup of coffee with this. :) YUM!

3 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] October 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

Looks delicious! I didn’t realize that you roll the cake first and then unroll to fill with the frosting. Was that a tedious step? I’ve never made a rolled cake before, but I do love to eat them!

4 amy October 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

Not tedious, but I do wish I had rolled it tighter, which would’ve made for a more impressive spiral look. Oh well, live + learn!

5 Stephanie @ Plain Chicken October 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

I’ve never attempted a pumpkin roll – I’ve always thought it was too hard. Your looks delicious!

6 Luv What You Do October 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

i need to get myself signed up for the next round of this secret club. Looks like fun!
I have always wanted to make a pumpkin roll. Yours looks beautiful!!!

7 danielle October 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

Great choice! I am all about the pumpkin desserts these days.

8 dixya| food, pleasure, and health October 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

I am droooling right now Amy. On a side note, I just made homemade pumpkin puree yesterday so that means this will be happening soon.

9 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee October 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

ooo great choice! It was fun to make.

Your pumpkin roll looks awesome!!

10 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 28, 2013 at 10:21 am

Can you believe I’ve never made a cake roll? I hadn’t even heard of such a thing until a few years ago. It looks so pretty!

11 Tara October 28, 2013 at 11:35 am

Looks delicious! Great pick for Autumn!

12 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I love pumpkin rolls, though I’ve never made one myself…I usually con my mom into making one for me, haha. I need to give it a try – yours looks great!

13 angela@spinachtiger October 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Amy, I’m in group A, but I like to see what everyone’s doing. I can see why you would choose the pumpkin roll. Looks amazing. I’ve always been afraid of doing rolls, but I might try.

14 Leah | So, How's It Taste? October 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This looks so yummy! Love a good pumpkin roll!

15 Beth October 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Love your pumpkin rolls – they’re so cute! It’s a perfect first pumpkin recipe for the year.

16 Adri October 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

What a wonderful collection you and your blogging pals have put together. And your contribution looks fab. I adore pumpkin flavored cakes, and if you add sweetened cream cheese, I am in! This is just in time for pumpkin season. Yum!!

17 Melissa October 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Pumpkin rolls intimidate me a bit, but this looks absolutely amazing and too delicious not to put aside my fears and try it! Great pick this month :)

18 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Yum! Brandon’s mom makes a yummy pumpkin roll, but I haven’t made one myself yet. This looks awesome!

19 Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines October 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I might have to make this yummy Pumpkin Roll for Thanksgiving~ Great SRC pick~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

20 Monet October 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Moist pumpkin cake with a creamy cheese filling? What’s not to love! This looks so pretty, and I know it tastes good too! Thank you for sharing!

21 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie October 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yum! Pumpkin cake is always one of my favs – it is never dry and always has lots of spiced flavor. Your pumpkin roll came out cute…I’ve had some that come out looking like a hot mess so cake rolling is a skill :)

22 SallyBR October 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

Well, I am fascinated by cake rolls, as I know I would NEVER be able to make anything remotely like yours… no way! I have zero skills in the baking arena 😉

great choice of flavor, perfect for this time of the year!

23 angela @ another bite please October 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

i have a friend that makes us a pumpkin roll every season that we just love it is soooo good. i’ve been intimidated of them too….

24 Natalie October 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Looks lovely! I am digging the pumpkin recipes.

25 Lesley Eats October 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Mmm…looks delicious!

26 Amy (Savory Moments) October 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

Impressive! This cake looks so pretty and I’m glad you got in a pumpkin recipe! :-)

27 Emily @ Life on Food October 30, 2013 at 6:17 am

This recipe would have put me out of my comfort zone. I don’t think my rolling skills would turn out such a wonderful spiral. Great pick!

28 Melanie @ Carmel Moments October 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

The secret recipe club sounds like fun. I’ve never heard of that idea. Pumpkin roll – yum!

29 Anna (Hidden Ponies) October 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

I’ve always been intimidated by rolls too, I’ve never made one – but this looks wonderful!

30 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

This is SUCH a tempting fall treat, Amy! I’ve got to buck up and finally try one for myself… but only before I have a dozen people in mind to share it with! This would be dangerous in my house, haha!

31 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I swoon whenever I see pumpkin rolls, one of my most favorite ways to enjoy pumpkin. Looks great!

32 Taylor @ greens & chocolate October 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

That frosting in the middle! I die. I’ve always been intimidated by any kind of roll cake but your pictures have my feeling adventurous!

33 Kelly October 31, 2013 at 3:56 am

What a great fall treat! It looks fantastic, especially swooning over the pretty filling – looks incredible :)

34 Peter @Feed Your Soul Too October 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

This looks great. I made a similar roulade a few weeks ago and it is wonderful.

35 sarah k @ the pajama chef October 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm

amy, what a great choice for SRC! one day, i’ll be brave enough to make a pumpkin roll too :)

36 cquek November 1, 2013 at 6:25 am

So tempting and delicious looking!

37 Rebekah @ Making Miracles November 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

Oh I am saving this one – it’s gorgeous and so perfect for the fall season. YUMM!!!

38 Dina November 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

it looks delish!

39 Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs November 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

What a beautiful roll! Perfect for any fall celebration!

40 Hollie Rollins November 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Yum, this looks delish, I have always been intimidated by rolled cakes too, going to give it a try

41 Shannon November 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I’ve always wanted to make a roll cake, but the rolling intimidates me. I can totally imagine it cracking and breaking on me. I really do need to try it though. I love pumpkin rolls!

42 easyfoodsmith November 7, 2013 at 2:36 am

Love everything about this roll…moist, flavorful, cream cheese…yumm!

43 Sammie November 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

Hi amy! Wonderful looking pumpkin roll! Absolutely love how it turned out! These rolls can definitely be quite tricky to make at times! Great job!

44 Jess November 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Mmmmm I always make a pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving instead of the Traditional Pie….. I think it’s so much better!!!!!

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