Libby’s Pumpkin Roll

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by Megan on November 29, 2010

Everyone seems to loves a pumpkin roll.

I have had many people ask me to come over and show them how to make these easy yet impressive cakes.

I’m always happy to have an excuse to make one, or two!

Pumpkin Roll Cake Recipe

Last week, I took my girlfriend out to lunch to celebrate her birthday. She was preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner for her family and boyfriend…, and his parents.

She loves pumpkin rolls!

What better gift then a pumpkin roll, served on a pretty platter, on the eve of Thanksgiving?

Libby's Pumpkin Roll Recipe

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Libby’s Pumpkin Roll

Easy Pumpkin Roll Cake Recipe

Recipe by Libby’s Pumpkin


  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar ( for decoration)


  1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
  2. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper.
  3. Grease and flour paper.
  4. COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick.
  6. Beat in pumpkin.
  7. Stir in flour mixture.
  8. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts if desired. 
  9. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.)
  10. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.
  11. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel.
  12. Carefully peel off paper.
  13. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack. 
  14. BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth.
  15. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake.
  16. Reroll cake.
  17. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
  18. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
  19. Enjoy!

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1 theUngourmet November 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I really can’t believe I haven’t attempted a pumpkin roll yet. It looks fantastic! What a terrific gift idea!

2 April November 30, 2010 at 5:01 am

YUM! This looks great! I have never attempted the pumpkin roll..maybe I should!

3 Barbara Bakes November 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

What a lovely gift. You are such a sweet friend!

4 Lyndsey November 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

I’m going to make this. Yhanks for the great instructions. Can you use parchment paper instead of wax paper to bake it on?

5 Faith November 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

This look heanvely! Nicely done. I love it and I love how perefect it looks. It w0uld make anyone very happy to have it given to them.

6 BIg BOys Oven November 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

this is so beautiful! just awesome !

7 teresa November 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm

i LOVE pumpkin rolls, they’re so delicious and pretty. well done!

8 Kristen November 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Oh yes – one of my favorite holiday treats!

9 HoneyB November 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Not only is it a yummy treat – your photos are awesome!

10 Maria November 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

We make these every year. Love them!

11 Danielle November 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

No there’s a show stopper!

12 Suzanne Collier November 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm

MUST make this! I “tried” one at Thanksgiving and, although the bread was good it lacked flavor – and there was too much filling! This looks perfect. Will be making this for Christmas. THANKS!!!

13 Heather Davis December 1, 2010 at 3:06 am

Looks great! What a nice change from the usual pies.

14 Amanda December 1, 2010 at 4:42 am

I’ve never tried this! It looks fabulous Megan!

15 Monica December 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

I love the way you gifted this with the platter included. Who wouldn’t love this gift–something to eat and enjoy now. And a platter to keep for the future. Brilliant.

16 shelly (cookies and cups) December 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

I have always wanted to try a pumpkin roll but all the rolling and unrolling scared me a bit! Afraid of crackage ;)
I need to get over it and make one :)

17 Kathleen December 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

I love this roll. Maybe I should make it soon, broke my serving plate for roll cakes, must find another. Beautiful job!

18 ingrid December 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Gorgeous! I’m jealous…..I thought mine looked pretty good but yours blows it out of the water. And how sweet and thoughtful were you to gift one to your friend.

Hope you had a blessed & delicious Thanksgiving Megan.

19 Barbara @ moderncomfortfood December 2, 2010 at 3:15 am

This roulade would make a perfect make-and-take for the holiday season, and I’m definitely going to keep it in mind for that purpose. It’s beautiful, reasonably easy to make, and looks totally delicious. Your recipe is also giving me big ideas for a savory version, too!

20 kristin @ delishliving December 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

wow, absolutely gorgeous. thank you SO much for sharing!

21 Nutmeg Nanny December 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I love pumpkin rolls! I have a friend in Ohio that make a bunch of them and sells them for $8 a piece around Thanksgiving!

22 Katrina December 5, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I haven’t made any kind of cake roll for years, but it’s always so well liked and impressive. I might just have to make one for a neighborhood ladies get together next week.

23 Karen December 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I haven’t made a rolled cake in quite a while. I love them because they look so fancy! This is a perfect gift!

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