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Pumpkin roll with orange cream cheese

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 1 roll
Author: Aleksandra


→ dry ingredients:

  • ¾ cup flour 100g / 3.5 oz, spoon and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • big pinch of salt

→ wet ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 185g / 6.5 oz
  • ½ cup light brown sugar 100g / 3.5 oz
  • ½ cup granulated sugar 100g / 3.5 oz
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

→ cream cheese filling:

  • 265 g / 9.3 oz cream cheese soft
  • 1 tablespoon butter soft
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

→ additionally:

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar for rolling and for serving


  • Prepare a 10 x 15 inch / 25 x 38 cm baking pan. Grease the pan with butter (parchment paper will stick better to the pan), line with parchment paper. Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan and leave an inch overhang on each of the short ends of the pan (transferring the cake will be much easier). Generously grease the parchment paper with butter (this will make peeling off the paper super easy).
  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C / 350 °F / Gas Mark 4, no fan (if you have a convection oven reduce the temperature by about 20° or follow the manufacturer's instructions).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until combined (flour, baking powder, and soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla extract, orange zest).
  • Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingedients, fold in, until just combined (be careful not to overmix the batter).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spread the batter evenly and give the pan a shake.
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes. The surface of the baked cake shouldn‘t be sticky and it should spring back when you poke it with a finger.
  • Prepare a clean kitchen cloth, sprinkle it with a thick layer of powdered sugar.
  • Invert the cake onto the towel, peel off the parchment paper.
  • Roll the cake up with the towel (each surface of the cloth that touches the cake should be well sprinkled with powdered sugar).
  • Leave the cake to cool completely while rolled up (for a minimum of half an hour, better for about an hour, thanks to that the roll won‘t crack or tear).
  • Prepare the cream cheese filling - whip all the ingredients until combined and fluffy.
  • Once the cake is cooled, unroll but not flatten out the roll. Spread the cream cheese filling in an even layer over the cake, leaving about 1 inch / 2.5 cm border.
  • Roll up the cake without the towel, wrap in plastic foil, place in the fridge for a minimum of half an hour (it will be easier to cut nice slices).
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut into slices, serve and enjoy!


* You can use any pan, that has similar dimensions. The surface area needs to be similar, I used 30 x 33 cm / 12 x 13 inch baking pan, because I didn‘t found a jelly roll pan in any shop near me.
* It‘s best to use a hokkaido pumpkin here, it‘s less moist and sweet than, for example, a butternut squash, but you can use any type of squash / pumpkin with this recipe or canned pumpkin puree.
* 1 cup = 240 ml-250ml
* How to make pumpkin puree: Cut the pumpkin into equal-sized pieces (peeling is not necessary). Arrange on a baking tray lined with baking paper, bake at 200°C / 400 °F / Gas Mark 6 for about 30-60 minutes, until soft (the baking time will depend on the size of the chunks and pumpkin/squash type). Scoop out the flesh from the skin with a spoon, puree until smooth. Unused puree can be frozen. When using hokkaido pumpkin, puree the flesh with the skin, it‘s soft after baking!
* Make ahead: You can also make the roll ahead and refrigerate it until you’ll ready to serve.
* How to store pumpkin roll: Keep the cake wrapped in plastic foil in the fridge for up to 3 days. It tastes even better in the next day, but it's less fluffy and more moist (the cakes absorbs the cream cheese filling).
* How to freeze pumpkin roll: Wrap the cake in plastic foil (either the whole cake or slices), freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge, serve at room temperature.


Calories: 2527kcal