Pumpkin Roll with Pecans

This easy Pumpkin Cake Roll packed with Fall flavors, and gently rolled with a cream cheese filling will be the star of your holiday dessert menu!

Easy Pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling on a serving platter

Pumpkin Roll

This cake roll has been on my “must try” list for such a long time. Just like this Boston cream pie, which is another simple recipe.

I was convinced this would be a difficult dessert to tackle.

Well, I finally took the time to learn how to get that layered spiral look that makes this cake look so elegant!

Guess what?? This is such an easy cake to make, so don’t wait any longer to give this rolled cake technique a try!

The key to making this cake roll is to use a clean dish cloth and powdered sugar to get the cake to spiral so beautifully!

pumpkin cake roll formed on dish towel with powdered sugar

Easy pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling

Another helpful tip is to immediately loosen edges of cake from pan after it’s baked and still warm.

Then turn cake onto prepared kitchen towel (a second set of hands are helpful at this point).

Gently remove the waxed paper, and then roll towel and cake together into a spiral starting from the short side.

Let the cake completely cool on a wire baking rack before gently unrolling and adding the cream cheese filling.  Re-roll for a beautiful pumpkin cake!

A slice of pumpkin cake roll on a blue plate

Pumpkin desserts to try!

This Pumpkin Cake Roll is officially my first pumpkin sweet treat for the year! Are you a pumpkin pie fan?

Pumpkin pie makes an appearance on our table for the holidays, but there will be some dessert competition this year! 

Here are some of my favorite treats!

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slice of pumpkin cake roll on a blue plate

Make your fall dessert recipes with real pumpkin puree!

Real pumpkin puree is the common ingredients in each dessert.

Natural pumpkin wrapped up with all the warm flavorful Fall spices like ginger, nutmeg is what everyone seems to love about pumpkin recipes.

Do you know that it’s very easy to make your own pumpkin puree using a pressure cooker?

Fresh pumpkin puree measured in 1/2 cup portions

In six minutes you can have fresh pumpkin for all your favorite recipes! Make a batch and portion out 1/2 cup, freeze and use all year long!

If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional pie then add this festive cake roll to your menu!

Fork full of pumpkin cake roll on a blue plate
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Pumpkin Cake Roll with Pecans

This easy pumpkin cake roll will be the star of your fall gathering. Light cake base with a cream cheese filling and topped with confectioners sugar.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • CAKE
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 8- ounce cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; grease paper. Set aside. Lay clean dish cloth on a flat surface and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, salt and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs on high speed until thick and light yellow (5 minutes). Gradually add granulated sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin and lemon juice. Beat in flour mixture on low just until combined. Spread batter in prepared pan and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen edges of cake from pan and turn cake onto prepared kitchen towel (a second set of hands are helpful at this point). Remove waxed paper. Roll towel and cake into a spiral starting from the short side. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For cream cheese filling in a medium bowl beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth and well combined. On low speed gradually beat in the powdered sugar.
  • Unroll cake and spread filling within 1 inch of the edges of the cake. Roll up and place on a serving plate. Cover and chill. Before serving sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 370kcal


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  1. Yay! The season of pumpkin is here!!! I love pumpkin and have always wanted to make a jellyroll! Thank you for the great step-by-step instructions to make this do-able! What a wonderful recipe!!

  2. I have always wanted to make a pumpkin cake roll. Your addition of the pecans has me over the moon!! I am excitedf or pumpkin season!!

  3. your tip about loosening the cake was a game changer! I actually had a great looking roll as well as great tasting one! Its the first time Im ever made it look pretty! THANK YOU!!

  4. Sounds like a perfect dessert!! I love all the “fall” flavors- theres something so warm and comforting about recipes like this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Our boys LOVE pumpkin rolls! I can’t decide if it’s because they are so fun to make or just plain tasty; maybe both?! Your version looks wonderful and we will certainly be trying it once the pumpkins on the vine start to ripien!

  6. Really the only jelly rolls cakes I like are the pumpkin ones, so this is looking amazing to me. Love love love, and I would lick that bowl clean too. And you’re right, jelly rolls really are not that difficult to make, much easier than one would think. Outstanding 🙂

  7. Sandra, this gorgeous pumpkin roll cake will look perfect as a centre piece for my Thanksgiving dining room table. Don’t you just love decorating your house with food… LOL It looks so moist and delicious. Pinning and sharing!