pumpkin cake roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Roll

This is a favorite dessert of mine this time of year. I made it recently, but switched the filling from my usual one. It was a big hit at a recent dinner with friends. The filling swap was kind of an accident. I made a custard filling for a different dish and used it for my filling, just adding cream cheese and a bit more sugar.  It was really worth the extra effort. Rather than baking the pumpkin rolls in two smaller jelly roll pans I baked it in my largest pan, then divided it into two rolls after filling. It seemed so much easier. Plus, I had two desserts for the effort of one. The pan I used was 17×12 inches. Here is the recipe. Even though the recipe calls to bake the cake first, the filling needs cool down time, so you might want to make it first. You’ll still need to let the cake cool down, but that does not take all that long.

Pumpkin Roll

6 eggs, separated, at room temperature
1 c. sugar, divided
1 c. flour
1 c. cooked, pureed pumpkin
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking powder
1 t. ginger
½ t. nutmeg
½ t. salt
2 eggs
½ c. granulated sugar
½ c orange juice
½ c. pineapple juice
2 T. flour
juice of half a lemon
1 c. whipping cream, whipped
2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 1 large jellyroll pan (17×12) and line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper and set aside. In large bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. While beating, add ½ cup of the sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time. Beat until peaks are firm and glossy. In small bowl on low speed mix together flour, pumpkin, spices, baking powder, salt, remaining sugar and egg yolks. Gently fold flour mixture into egg whites. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 13-15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly. Meanwhile, prepare a tea towel by laying on a clean surface and dusting generously with powdered sugar. When cake is done immediately turn onto prepared towel and remove wax paper. Starting at wide end roll up cake in the towel and allow to cool.
Prepare filling by combining eggs with granulated sugar, juices and flour, in a saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Mixture should coat a spoon. Cool and chill. Fold cooled mixture into whipped cream. In mixing bowl beat cream cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fold in whipped cream mixture and chill until ready to use.
To finish cake, carefully unroll and remove towel. Spread filling on the cake and re-roll. Cut into two cakes. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill. Makes 20 servings and can be frozen.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

This is one of my favorite desserts. A soft pumpkin cake, lightly spiced, rolled around a cream cheese filling. Not just tasty, it’s pretty, too.

I have several variations of this recipe and decided to make the “simple” one last night. It mixes up in no time and rolls up easily. I like the combination of spices, too. It also freezes well. You can make a couple of them and pop them in the freezer, so you always have dessert when needed. This recipe makes one cake, but can easily be doubled. These make nice gifts, too.

It is baked in a small jelly roll pan, the 10×15-inch size. Don’t freak out when you put the batter in the pan. It will fill it right up to the top. The cake doesn’t rise much, so it works.

Pumpkin Cake Roll

3 Eggs

1 cup Sugar

2/3 cup Pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon Lemon juice

3/4 cup All-purpose flour

1 teaspoon Baking powder

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Ginger

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Salt


8 ounces Cream cheese — softened

4 tablespoons Butter

1 cup Powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar, beating with an electric mixer until thick and light yellow in color. Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until blended. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add to egg mixture, mixing well. Spread batter into greased and waxed-paper lined 10-by-15-inch jelly-roll pan.

Bake at 350 ° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for 15 minutes. Place cake on clean tea towel sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. Peel off the wax paper. Cool 10 minutes longer. From 10- inch side, roll cake up in towel. Set aside. While cake is cooling in towel, prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese and butter; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth. Unroll cake. Evenly spread filling over cake. Roll up cake (without the towel). Wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving. A serrated knife works best for slicing. Keep leftover cake refrigerated. This pumpkin roll freezes well. Serves 6-8.

dust a tea towel with powdered sugar
Place cake on towel, remove wax paper
roll up in towel and allow to cool.
freshly rolled cake

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