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This classic pumpkin roll recipe is on my baking list every single fall. I've been making it for years and it is always a hit. It’s the perfect, make-ahead dessert for fall gatherings or potlucks.

Pumpkin Roll Recipe

This classic pumpkin roll recipe with cream cheese is on my baking list every fall. It’s the perfect, make-ahead dessert for fall gatherings or potlucks.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 slices


For the Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2/3 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts

For the Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or large mixing bowl, beat the eggs on high for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in sugar and pumpkin.
  • Add remaining cake ingredients and mix until well combined, scraping the bowl once or twice.
  • Pour cake batter onto prepared 10 x 15 sheet pan with sides. I use Baker's Joy to prepare all my baking pans.
  • Sprinkle with walnuts.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • While cake is baking, prepare the frosting.
  • Beat together the powdered sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Prepare a large, cotton kitchen towel by laying it flat and sprinkling well with powdered sugar.
  • When cake is done, remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Invert the cake on to the towel sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Starting with the narrow end, begin rolling up the towel, rolling the cake with it. Cool completely on a wire rack. (Your cake roll will be 10 inches long.)
  • When cake has cooled, unroll the towel. Spread the cake with the cream cheese filling. Roll the cake back up. This time do NOT roll it up in the towel!
  • Wrap the pumpkin roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
  • Slice and serve.