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Perfect Pumpkin Roll

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 40
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american


This warmly spiced cake is moist and spongy, and tucked inside is a delicious cream cheese filling.  You might wanna make two…they go fast!  Make three and freeze one for later!


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For the Cake

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree, such as Libby’s (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

For the Filling

  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 ounces, softened
  • 6 tablespoons real butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom of a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan. Cut a piece of wax or parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan. Grease the paper and insides of the pan. Lightly dust with flour, tapping off any excess. Set pan aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin puree. Whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients and whisk just until incorporated.
  5. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan, using a small offset spatula to spread the batter into corners of the pan.
  6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean or cake springs back when lightly touched.
  7. Note: While the cake is baking, spread a thin lint free towel, such as a flour sack towel, on a counter or work surface. Dust the towel liberally with powdered sugar. I use a wire mesh strainer to help evenly distribute the powdered sugar. This is crucial in keeping the towel from sticking to the cake. You want to make sure that you have this ready when the cake comes out of the oven.
  8. Remove cake from oven and immediately run a sharp knife around the edges of the pan. Holding cake upright at a slight angle, place one end of the pan on the edge of the towel and quickly invert pan onto towel. Remove the pan, and gently peel off the parchment paper.
  9. Dust the top side of the cake liberally with powdered sugar. This also helps the cake from sticking to the towel when it is rolled up.
  10. Beginning with the short end closest to you, gently and slowly roll the warm cake up with the towel, rolling it as tightly as possible. Set the towel wrapped roll aside to cool completely while you make the filling.

For the Filling

  1. Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix the cream cheese on medium speed until creamy and free of any lumps. Add the butter, vanilla and powdered sugar and mix on medium speed for about one minute until well combined.
  2. Gently unroll the cooled cake. Spread the filling over the cake stopping about 1/2″ from the edges of cake. Starting at the short end nearest you, gently roll cake into a roll again, leaving the towel behind. Dust the top liberally with powdered sugar. Wrap roll tightly in plastic wrap and place on a flat plate or tray and refrigerate.
  3. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Dust with more powdered sugar before serving. Slice in 1″ wide slices to serve.
  4. Refrigerate any leftovers.


  • Wrapped and refrigerated cake will stay fresh for up to one week.
  • Cake roll can be frozen for up to two months. Wrap cake roll securely with plastic wrap, then wrap it will foil.


  • Serving Size: 10

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