Pumpkin Cake Roll Is a Favorite Fall Dessert

by Alli

Pumpkin Cake Roll is full of flavor and filled with a delicious cream cheese filling. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving Day dessert. 

Fall has arrived and there’s a chill in the air! I’ve always wanted to say that, but here in the south, the chill hasn’t arrived yet. That fact doesn’t stop me from thinking about Pumpkin Cake Roll.

I’ll be making Pumpkin Cake Roll again real soon! It will be one of the desserts I serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Yes, I make several desserts so that all the children and grandchildren can have their favorites. I mean, it’s Thanksgiving, right? One year I made five desserts, but I have scaled back to three, I think.

Pumpkin Cake Roll Slices

I’ve always made my husband’s favorite dessert for Thanksgiving, which happens to be pecan pie.  I use the recipe on the back of the Karo Syrup bottle.

The key to a good pecan pie is in the length of the baking. If you don’t bake it long enough it tends to be runny when you slice it. If you bake it too long it gets hard and dried out. My pecan pies always seem to turn out perfectly when I follow the recipe on the back of that bottle.

Now that the family has grown to 16 and counting, I make Dixie’s Pecan Pie Cobbler. Yes, that’s the recipe I shared that took Facebook by storm and was featured on a national TV show. It’s that good!

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Helpful Hint: I always use unsalted real butter when a recipe calls for butter. Margarine just doesn’t cut it when baking (in my humble opinion).

In the past, I’ve done Red Velvet Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Italian Cream Cake, Carrot Cake, etc. When I decide what the third dessert will be, you will be the first to know!

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Yield: 12 Servings

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll Slices

Pumpkin Cake Roll is tender, tasty and filled with a delicious cream cheese mixture.


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper. Grease the paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and pumpkin, beating on high until sugar is almost dissolved.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold into egg yolk mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Spread into prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in the towel, jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Unroll cake; spread filling evenly to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 235Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 71mgSodium 220mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 4g

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I’ve made Pumpkin Cake Roll several times over the years and I just plain love it! It’s light, flavorful and has my favorite cream cheese frosting. Hope you like it too!

What’s your favorite fall dessert? What dessert do you always serve on Thanksgiving Day?


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carol November 17, 2015 - 8:25 am

Pecan pie is my husband’s favorite too. I love the look of this pumpkin roll. It will be on my Thanksgiving table this year!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 17, 2015 - 9:19 am

That pumpkin cake roll sounds and looks absolutely delicious. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is probably pecan pie, but I also love coconut cream pie!

Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations November 17, 2015 - 9:47 am

This looks so good! My husband would absolutely love them!

Jennifer November 17, 2015 - 11:18 am

Mmmm, I’ve never made a pumpkin cake roll but I definitely want to! checking out the recipe and giving it a pin!

Erin November 17, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Yum yum yum! This looks awesome! Its been so long since I’ve made a pumpkin roll, now i totally want to!

Miranda (Myrabev) November 17, 2015 - 4:42 pm

I love how you’ve scaled it to just 3 when I can not even do 1 to save my life lol, this looks too yummy

Shell November 17, 2015 - 5:54 pm

The pumpkin roll cake looks so good. I completely agree about margarine. Once, we tried to make grilled cheese sandwiches with margarine, and it was mostly water, so the bread was soggy. Butter is the way to go.

Jeanine November 17, 2015 - 7:15 pm

This looks SO good. I am not really a fan of pumpkin but I am sure this would be soooo good. I’ve never made anything like it. I’d love to try to!

Jaime Nicole November 17, 2015 - 8:43 pm

Wow, this is gorgeous! I need to learn to do rolls. My fave Thanksgiving dessert is apple crumble!

Heather November 17, 2015 - 9:23 pm

We just bought something that looks just like this at the store over the weekend. It was so good!!! I’m sure yours tastes better though. Homemade is always better! 😉

Angelic Sinova November 17, 2015 - 9:37 pm

That Pumpkin Cake Roll looks so yummy. This would be the perfect addition to my Thanksgiving dessert menu <3

michele d November 17, 2015 - 10:28 pm

I really wanna learn how to make this. I bet it taste so sweet. Looks divine!

Claire November 17, 2015 - 11:00 pm

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

kita November 18, 2015 - 8:21 am

This looks so good and a nice end to the pumpkin stuff. Now it’s time for permanent everything lol.

Britni November 18, 2015 - 6:06 pm

This looks delicious! I want one right now. I don’t think I have ever tried to make a pumpkin roll. I think it is about time I give it a try!

Alli November 19, 2015 - 10:02 am

I like that it’s light and not too sweet.

Julie November 20, 2015 - 6:15 pm

This looks so yummy. I’ve never made a cake roll before. I bet my family would like this at Thanksgiving.

April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition November 23, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I’m not very picky about desserts! I’m not crazy about pumpkin pie but love everything else, especially if it includes chocolate.

Alyssa C December 11, 2015 - 11:00 am

I love pumpkin everything and this cake roll looks incredible! I bet my family would love it. Thank you for sharing.


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