Pumpkin Cake Roll

Dazzle family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend with a simple to make yet show stopping Pumpkin Cake Roll! It has all the wonderful aromas of Fall with fragrant spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

pumpkin roll cake

A Canadian Thanksgiving meal tends to emphasize the culture of the person or family preparing the feast. My kitchen is no exception, with a mix of my Italian heritage and Canadian influence. I proudly embrace both as it is who I am, an Italian-Canadian! Which ever way one celebrates it is certainly an opportunity to give thanks for all the good in our lives and enjoy memorable meals with loved ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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This pumpkin cakeย rollย has a beautiful density to it that softens while chilling in the fridge with it’s cream cheese filling, making it a perfect make ahead dessert. It should be chilled for at least two hours and up to 48 hours. Go ahead bake it the day before and free up some much needed oven space for your Turkey, Ham or any other meat of your choice for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

pumpkin cake roll


  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1, 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and grease the paper. This step will allow cake to release from the baking sheet effortlessly ( do not skip this step). Set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ground ginger, salt, the ground nutmeg and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375*F.

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs on high speed for about 5 minutes until thickened. Lower to medium speed and gradually add the sugar, beating until it is light in color and fluffy. Stir in the pumpkin and the lemon juice. Next, beat in the flour mixture just until combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan using an offset spatula. Sprinkle the finely chopped walnuts evenly over the batter.

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Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched. Meanwhile, lay out a clean kitchen towel and sprinkle generously with icing sugar. This will ensure that the cake does not stick to the dish towel and will give the cake a pretty appearance. When the cake is done, immediately loosen the edges with a knife and invert it onto the clean kitchen towel (nuts side down)ย and peel off the parchment paper.

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Starting at the short end, roll the cake in the towel and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes to set the shape.

For the filling, in a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla on medium speed until it is smooth and then gradually beat in the powdered sugar.

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Unroll the cake and spread the filling in a thin layer within 1 inch of the borders. Firmly roll up the cake using the towel to help if needed. Cover the pumpkin cake roll and chill for 2 to 48 hours. When ready to serve, dust with more with icing sugar, trim off edges and slice into equal portions.

pumpkin roll

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Makes 10-12 servings.

Recipe adapted from BHG Magazine.

Copyright ยฉ 2015 Marisa’s Italian Kitchen


  1. Wow Marisa, I love that your embrace both parts of you! I must must make this! It is lovely oh my!!!

  2. Wow this looks amazing!!!

  3. This looks fantastic! Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Such a beautiful cake! Love the combination of pumpkin and cream cheese filling.

  5. I like all the photos . The third one is the most . My doughter ate whole piece . I even did not got a bite ๐Ÿ™

  6. This looks amazing โ˜บโ˜บ

  7. I just decided today at the apple orchard that I was going to try a pumpkin roll, now I have a recipe to use!

  8. So tempting and delicious looking, Marisa! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Momma ! Please leave me some for Monday !!! Please please ๐Ÿ™‚ just a little bite XOX so proud of you

  10. Just lovely, Marisa! Down to the darling autumn sprinkles!! How cute are they?? I just made one too, but cake baking here in high altitudes is always a challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll use your recipe from here on out ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Really beautiful cake! Love the colour, great roll and flavours! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Gorgeous! Love this…I might try it even though I am afraid of rolling cakes (They break)

  13. sounds delicious. thanks for sharing…kat

  14. This is so pretty! I’ve never done a cake roll, perhaps it’s time!

  15. Wow, what a beautiful cake! I am sure that it tastes as amazing as it looks ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Such a pretty dessertโ€“I need to try making one!

  17. I love the photos with the small doilies – what a great presentation! In fact, all of the photos are beautiful !! I’ve ‘had me a real hankerin’ for something pumpkin – and this roll just fits the bill. I’ve already pinned it! ++ About Thanksgiving in Canada, the firs time I lived there (in Montreal) I heard a joke that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving at an earlier date than Americans simply because ‘by November there’s nothing to be thankful about’! I’m not saying I agree with that, but I sure thought it was funny. My husband’s family, being French Canadian, don’t bother at all with making a turkey dinner – interesting, huh? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! ; o )

    • Hi Cecile, always nice to hear from a former Montrealer! I never did hear that joke about Canadian Thanksgiving…it is funny:) And no not everyone here focuses on a turkey dinner, it is mostly just about getting together with friends and family.If there is a turkey on the table, all the merrier. Thanks for visiting and the follow !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I’ve just stumbled across your blog and what a treat! This cake looks absolutely delicious, very pretty too!

  19. love it !!!

  20. Cake rolls require so much skill! You are an expert Marisa!

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  22. Oh my! This looks and sounds amazing!! I’m drooling … ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’ve been making this pumpkin cake roll for a few years now and it always gets rave reviews…it is so seriously good it will have you licking your plate! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚