Pumpkin Cake Roll Is a Favorite Fall 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

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

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.
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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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Comments

  1. 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!

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

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

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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! 😉

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

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

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

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

  15. 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!

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

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

  18. 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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