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Pumpkin Roll w/ Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

How to make a pumpkin roll Hip2Save

It’s the season for pumpkin everything and this classic pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting quenches that sweet craving and is surprisingly easy to make at home. I was always intimidated by the rolling and frosting part and had actually never tried one until my husband asked for one the other day, saying this was his childhood favorite. So I called my mother in law and had her talk me through it.

Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs

Pumpkin Roll batter Hip2Save

Mix flour, salt, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and set aside. Mix sugar and eggs for a good five minutes. Add pumpkin, and mix in the dry ingredients. Pour batter into a 10x15x1 inch jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly and bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream together the following:
one 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup of butter

Cream Cheese Frosting Hip2Save

Immediately after cake is done baking, slip it out of the jelly roll pan (still on parchment) and flatten the sides of the paper. Tightly and carefully roll it up while it’s still hot in the parchment paper. Let cool. Once cool, unroll & unwrap from the parchment paper and spread frosting while it is flat. Carefully roll it back up and sprinkle with a little powdered sugar on top. I also cut off the ends a little to make it look fancy.

How to frost a pumpkin roll Hip2Save

I love the parchment paper trick! It worked great the first try.

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Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this moist, creamy, pumpkin treat!

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Have you ever made a pumpkin roll? Do you have any other tips? I hope you enjoy!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime!

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Comments 45

  1. Kathy

    Dear Lina,
    Thanks for all the recipes. Most of them interest me and I hope to make them. I did notice on today’s pictures that it doesn’t look like you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer. You deserve one! Perhaps Collin can work a great deal for you! Once you have one, you will fall in love with it!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Great idea! If Lina continues to post amazing recipes, I now know the perfect gift to get her for Christmas! 😉

      • Lina Darnell

        Thanks girls! Ha ha would you believe I have one? Is it bad I feel like my batter bowl and beaters are quicker to clean!! I know so lazy. It does look great on the counter. 🙂

        • Kathy

          When I read “Mix sugar and eggs for a good five minutes”, I thought that’s a long time to use a handheld mixer. With the power of a Kitchen Aid you wouldn’t need to mix it 5 minutes. I am LAZY and for me it doesn’t matter which bowl and beaters I need to wash, it’s all the same. Give that Kitchen Aid another try.

  2. Amy

    Oh, yum!

  3. marie

    I have always been intimidated thinking I would never be able to make a pumpkin roll. Plus this is the first recipe I have seen where you don’t roll the cake up into a towel. I am going to try this. Worst thing that could happen is it doesn’t roll up nicely and we just devour it anyway! Thanks for posting.

  4. KetaFerg

    All these great recipes!! We are having Lina’s pot roast recipe for dinner Sunday and I will be using this pumpkin roll and the pumpkin fudge recipe as Holiday gifts for family, teachers, and friends. I love that the recipes are made with simple ingredients and instructions! Thanks Collin and Lina 🙂

  5. Tracy

    In Kentucky we add chopped walnuts to the pumpkin mixture before baking.(Be careful cuz the cake is hard to roll up without cracking). It freezes really well and makes an affordable gift idea.

  6. Angie

    has anyone ever made this dairy free? would love some tips:)

    • Jamie Kaufmann

      Just use dairy-free cream cheese and margarine. We use Go Veggie cream cheese and Earth Balance buttery spread. Hope that helps!


  7. CW

    I am still recovering from eating an entire batch of the cheese squares recipe by myself yesterday! Now another option. Thanks!

  8. tori

    Hi Collin,

    Is it possible to make these recipes printer friendly?

    • tori

      never mind. I just found the print button. sorry

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  10. Betsy

    I have always wanted to make this as well. I guess I should make a test one first before Thanksgiving to make sure it turns out ok 😉

  11. Heather French Osgood

    I would love to make this tonight but I don’t have any parchment paper. Would it be too much of a pain to make it without it?

    • Lina Darnell

      My mother on law likes to use a thin tea towel…just another option.

      • Kate

        I roll it up on a clean dish towel as well. The trick is to generously sprinkle powdered sugar on the towel before you flip the pumpkin roll onto it, so that it comes off the towel easily when unrolled. We also add nuts to it, but either way is yummy.

  12. Jen

    Thanks for sharing these! I made the sausage corn chowder one, it was DELICIOUS! I added quite a bit more garlic (we love the stuff!) I will have to try this on out too since the hubby LOVES pumpkin! Thanks for sharing the recipes with us hipsters 🙂

  13. Andrea

    I just followed your recipe. Were you supposed to grease the parchment paper first? I did not and I do not know if it will peel off easily after it cools.

    • Lina Darnell

      I did not grease. My parchment says it’s nonstick from Reynolds Good Luck!! 🙂

  14. Crystal

    My mom makes this for dessert for us on thanksgiving. It is really good!

  15. Delia

    Happy to print 🙂

  16. Pharmchick

    Well, I have a huge block of cream cheese from SAMs club that will go to good use with this and the squares!! I need to find someone to distribute them to ASAP though since I will become a roll myself if I eat it all!! (Not to mention all that free Lindt and giradelli lol)

  17. Bev

    Before I met my mother-in-law, I had never heard of a pumpkin roll. It’s the reason I married her son. Okay, maybe not! 😉 Anyway, I’ve never attempted one myself, but I just may have to. I’m craving one, now!

  18. Jessica

    The ingredients say baking soda, but the instructions say baking powder? Anyone know which one is right lol I’m not a big baker?

    • Jessica

      I also don’t see where I’m suppose to mix in the pumpkin spice? I’m assuming with the other dry ingredients?=)

    • linadarnell

      Yes so sorry with dry ingredients. I fixed the directions. Thanks!

    • linadarnell

      Sorry Jessica! I used baking powder and fixed the post. It’s my MIL’s recipe. But I was just researching other recipes and some people use soda so hmm? 🙂 Thanks for asking that!

      • Jessica

        Thank you for sharing Linda! No worries about the recipe I used baking powder and added the pumpkin spice with the dry ingredients and it came out super tasty! Loved it and so did my kiddos=) definitely hanging on to this recipe!

  19. Christie

    My mom makes this or a similar recipe…it is delicious and I am not a big pumpkin fan so it has to be good! I printed out the cream cheese squares and plan to try it soon! Thanks a million Collin! 😀

  20. Kathy

    Ok, am I blind. I don’t see a print button. Thanks for your great recipes!

    • Kathy

      Nevermind I found it! lol

  21. Tiffany

    I’d like to see u make this first Collin…and than I will try. Hehe

  22. Kristina

    Thank you for sharing the recipe! We had it for dessert tonight and everyone loved it. I don’t own a jelly roll pan, so I made the cake recipe plus 1/3 and used a half sheet pan. It worked perfectly! I used the same amount of frosting and it was plenty. YUM!

  23. ERYKHA

    I love pumpking pie… so I tried this recipe it is so delicious…. YUMMY..! Thanks for sharing.

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