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Pumpkin Roll

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This recipe is 100% mom.  She has made this pumpkin roll for years- usually at Christmas.  I hate (despise, loath) pumpkin in any edible form (I prefer them carved into jack-o-lanterns on the porch…).  So this recipe is for all the people who say mom’s pumpkin roll is the MOST amazing dessert ever– I will take your word for it- I didn’t even lick the spoon!



  • 2/3 cups pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda


  • 8 oz. brick of Philadelphia cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. margarine


  • Grease a jelly roll pan.  Put wax paper on bottom and grease the wax paper.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix together all of the roll ingredients, adding the flour, cinnamon and soda last.  Blend well.
  • Pour batter into pan over greased wax paper and spread evenly to all sides.  Tap pan on counter to settle batter and get air bubbles to top.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and immediately -with wax paper on- roll pumpkin cake up from short end of pan to short end of pan (you will probably burn your fingers a little- I usually do!) Roll this up in a clean towel to hold it tightly together.

  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • While roll is chilling, make filling:
  • Cream together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Add vanilla and margarine and mix until smooth and creamy.
  • After one hour, remove roll and unroll it carefully.
  • Spread filling over top of opened roll and then re-roll this up *removing the wax paper as you roll*

  • Place this back in the refrigerator for about 4-6 hours minimum.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar or decorate as desired.
  • Before serving, slice into beautiful spirals!  Enjoy!





My thoughts: Even though I’m not a fan of pumpkin, I AM a fan of desserts that make you say “wow” when you see them– this qualifies– I think its just so pretty and fun (and it is NOT hard to make!!!)   Now if I could just make it chocolate instead of pumpkin…hmmm….. 🙂

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