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Pumpkin rolls are a delicious and classic dessert, perfect for autumn and winter. This recipe is a twist on traditional cinnamon rolls, filled with butternut pumpkin filling and a hint of warming spice. Whether you’re serving these rolls for breakfast or dessert, they’re sure to be a crow-pleaser.

Here, I will share how to make an easy foolproof pumpkin roll. You will also get additional information about pumpkin roll filling variations and also pumpkin roll ingredients. Don’t forget to check the FAQ section to learn more. Let’s start the discussion.

Recipe for Easy Foolproof Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

For the filling

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation Time

  • 17-20 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 13-15 minutes


  • 6-7 persons

Step-by-Step Process for Making Pumpkin Rolls

Step #1
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang on each side.

Step #2
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. detained.

Step #3
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Step #4
Add the canned pumpkin and vanilla extract and mix.

Step #5
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.

Step #6
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared jelly rolls. If using chopped walnuts, sprinkle them over the dough.

Step #7
Bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. While the cake is still warm, use a parchment overhang to carefully remove it from the pan onto a clean paper towel.

Step #8
Start from the shorter end and roll the cake together with a kitchen roll. Allow the roll to cool completely.

Step #9
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, beat the powdered sugar, softened butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Step #10
Carefully roll out the cooled cake from the paper towel. Spread the filling evenly over the cake, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges.

Step #11
Roll out the cake again without the paper towel. Cover the pumpkin rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step #12
When you want to serve, remove the plastic wrap and dust the pumpkin rolls with powdered sugar.

Step #13
Enjoy delicious and easy pumpkin rolls!

Nutritional Facts of Pumpkin Roll

Per serving: 1 piece

  • Calories 231.
  • Total Fat 12g: 15%
  • Saturated Fat 4.7g: 24%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3.9g.
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2.7g.
  • Cholesterol 59 mg: 20%
  • Sodium 183mg: 8%
  • Total Carbohydrates 28g: 10%

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Finally, now you know how to make pumpkin rolls. I hope you enjoy making and sharing this pumpkin roll recipe with your loved ones. Don’t be intimidated by the process—with a little practice, you’ll be an expert at rolling these desserts in no time. Remember to have fun and enjoy the season. Happy baking!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does my pumpkin roll break when I roll it?

If the pumpkin roll is overbaked or not cooled properly before rolling, it may crack during rolling. If the pumpkin roll is overcooked, it will be dry and brittle, so it will crack when rolled. It is important to bake the pumpkin rolls for the recommended time and check with a toothpick for doneness. It’s also important to let the pumpkin roll cool completely before trying to roll it so it doesn’t crack or tear.

2. How do you keep a pumpkin roll from sticking to the towel?

To prevent the pumpkin roll from sticking to the towel, first, make sure the towel is clean and free of crumbs or lint. Then, dust a towel liberally with powdered sugar or cornstarch to create a non-stick surface. When rolling out the pumpkin rolls, be sure to roll them gently and slowly, making sure not to press too hard or overdo it. After rolling, let it cool completely before unrolling.

3. What is the secret to rolling a pumpkin roll?

The secret to rolling pumpkin rolls is gentleness and patience. First prepare the pan and baking paper, making sure the paper extends over the edge of the pan. After the pumpkin rolls are baked, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes before carefully turning them out onto the prepared parchment paper. Peel the parchment from the bottom of the pumpkin rolls and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Carefully and slowly roll the pumpkin rolls without pressing or rolling. Finally, allow the pumpkin rolls to cool completely before rolling them out so they don’t crack or break.

4. What is pumpkin roll filling made of?

Pumpkin roll fillings are usually made with cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and sometimes cinnamon or nutmeg. Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, then add powdered sugar until creamy and thick. Finally, vanilla extract and spices are added to give the filling a delicious taste. When the pumpkin rolls are rolled and cooled, the filling is placed on them, and then the pumpkin rolls are rolled again and cut into delicious spirals

Lauren Melaney is a housewife. Cooking is her passion and she really loves to experiment. She loves baking bread on any occasion. European cuisine is one of her favorites and she likes preparing different dishes and eating them with her family and friends. Also, Spanish & French cooking traditions appeal to her in general. Hope you would enjoy her recipes and find something that interests you!


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