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Video:Make a Holiday Pumpkin Roll

with Keith Dunlop

Pumpkin and apple pie are favorites around the holidays, but this unique pumpkin roll has the potential to unseat them from the dessert throne. See how to make a family-tested pumpkin roll.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make a Holiday Pumpkin Roll

Hi! I'm Keith Dunlop and welcome to About.com. Today, I've got a unique dessert for your holiday table that has the potential to unseat pumpkin and apple pie as your family's favorite holiday dessert. In fact, my family loves this dessert so much, my mom doubles the recipe and makes two!

Pumpkin Roll Ingredients

To make this delicious pumpkin roll, you will need:
  • 2/3 c. of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, but basic pumpkin in a can)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • about 1/4 c. powdered sugar

Pumpkin Roll Filling Ingredients

For the filling, you will need:
  • 16 oz. of softened cream cheese
  • 1 c. of confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. of softened butter
First off, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Now grease a 13 x 9 inch cookie sheet and line it with wax paper.

Bake the Pumpkin Roll

Combine the cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Then pour batter in the pan and spread it out evenly with a spatula. Pop it in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. When it is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Set and Refrigerate the Pumpkin Roll

Take your 1/4 c. of powdered sugar and sprinkle it on a fresh piece of parchment paper, wax paper, or a clean dish towel. Invert your pumpkin roll onto that powdered surface and wait 2 or 3 minutes. Now, carefully remove the paper. If there are places that it sticks, carefully cut edge off with a knife.

Slowly roll your roll up and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

Mix the Pumpkin Roll Filling

The filling is simple: just combine your ingredients - the cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and butter, in a bowl and mix well.

Fill the Pumpkin Roll

When you're ready to finish making the roll, unroll the cake part and spread the filling evenly. Roll it back up again and refrigerate the roll until serving. When you're ready to serve, give it a nice dusting of powdered sugar and it's ready to go.

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