Sunday, November 20, 2011

Perfect Pumpkin Roll

Thanksgiving Blog Blitz Post #5

Welcome to the 5th and final installment of my Thanksgiving Blog Blitz. I gotta tell ya I am plum wore out. Been burning the candle at both ends over here, as I am sure many of you are too. I am just flat busted exhausted.  So  this post is going to be a little bare bones. I don't have any ideas for witty commentary or fancy photos. But I still want to give you the information for this project as promised:

How to make a perfect pumpkin roll:

Make the recipe and bake it.

Add some filling, roll it up, and it should look like this:

Enjoy! Hope you try it!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! 


 You guys know I would never do that to you! 
I was just messin' with ya!  Tee hee hee.

Here we go:

How to make this most gorgeous and beautiful pumpkin roll:

Make the recipe as directed (given below). Line a 10x15 jelly roll pan with wax paper or parchment paper, spray with pan spray, pour in the batter and bake as directed. Do not over bake. Take it out as soon as the top springs back when touched.

While the cake is baking, take a clean kitchen towel that does not have a very loopy surface and  dust it liberally with powdered sugar.

As soon as the cake is done, flip it out onto the towel and peel off the wax paper. Do this right out of the oven. Do not cool it. Do not go get a sip of diet coke and then forget about it. (Just sayin'; that does not work.)

Immediately roll up the cake and towel together, then place on a cooling rack for about one hour. Now you can go get something to drink.

Once the cake is almost completely cool, but just barely warm, unroll it and spread an even thickness of the cream cheese filling across the cake. (Recipe below.)

Roll it up, somewhat tight. If the cake was not over baked or over cooled, it should not crack. If it cracks, do not freak out. No freaking out over pumpkin rolls allowed. You can cover it with powdered sugar or icing later.

Wrap this in plastic and keep in fridge at least a couple of hours  or until a short time before serving. It is easier to cut while cold. The slices come out cleaner and prettier, but you do not have to serve it cold.  (Please ignore the fact that there is more diet coke in my fridge than milk.)

Take it out the fridge and cut off the two rough ends of the roll, as the ends are not too pretty. Those are your quality control portions. You have to test it before serving it to others, of course!

Sprinkle with more sifted powdered sugar once on your serving platter. Is that not gorgeous?

Incredibly yummy too.

Please do not be afraid to try this. I was afraid the first time I did one that it would be a disaster. It is actually a very easy process, and  you should get perfect results each time. The recipe is quick  to do and tastes great. This is a perfect last minute holiday dessert that you can whip up in no time. And of course, you will impress everyone with this stunner.


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (optional for decoration)



PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.) Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.


BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Be sure to put enough powdered sugar on the towel when rolling up the cake so it will not stick.

And here is a video of the process that might help:


I hope you guys have enjoyed the Thanksgiving Blog Blitz, and have found something that you would like to try for your family, friends and customers. Let me know which ones you made and how they turned out.

I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you all how thankful I am to have the honor and privilege to interact with you here on my blog and in my DVDs. You all have brought so much to my life. It gives me great joy to get to know you all and share our love of baking. I thank you for your business and your friendship. I truly hope you have  a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy baking,


Nissa said...

Thank you for sharing this. I can't wait to make it for my family for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Rocio Gonzalez said...

thanks for sharing, these rolls look delicious. I really enjoy reading your post. Have a great thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

You really got me good with that one! I was like " wu?...huh???" thanks for the laugh and the great recipe. It looks yummy and I will definitely try this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Sharon! Perfect timing : ) said...

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Jan said...

Boy, you really got me on that one, too! I thought how unlike it was of you, not to add those witty comments I have always so enjoyed. Relieved to see we still had the "old" Sharon Zambito!
When I make a pumpkin roll, I like to add raisins to the cake. And in the cream cheese filling I usually add a little fresh orange zest. It has been a few years since I've made one and your blog reminded me of the fact that I love them. So this Thanksgiving will find it on my table once again. Thanks.

Jessica Huval said...

Haha...good prank! Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful Thankgiving! I think we might have some nice cool weather here in Louzianne!

Vincenta said...

You are so funny!! New to your website but love what I see so far. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog by accident, after I had made my pumpkin roll for the first time and had it in the refrigerator. Wish I had found it first - mine actually did turn out well, but did crack a bit which I covered with powdered sugar as you told us to! There were several steps in your instructions that were different from my recipe and I can see why yours is better. I've now subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to checking out your videos. Thank you for sharing with us.

SugarEd Productions said...

Thank you very much! I hope you stay and enjoy.

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