How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Video

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Video

It's Fall and it's time for my How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Video!  I recently had a friend ask for this recipe, and I thought it was about time I shared this recipe on the blog again.  With Canadian Thanksgiving just a few days away, it's a great time for Pumpkin Roll!

Years ago, I posted at HowDoesShe about the Pumpkin Roll recipe that I use that seems to be a hit everywhere I've taken it.

Since then I've had several people say that even with all of the photos in the tutorial, they're hesitant to try it. A friend of mine mentioned that a video tutorial might be helpful, so last time I made the pumpkin roll I had Ken video tape the process for me and I squished it into a 5 minute video.

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Video

Pumpkin Roll Recipe and Tutorial Video

I'll add in the photo tutorial as well, as it has all of the instructions whereas the video mostly shows you how to do it (so scroll to the bottom of this post for the video!)

Best Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Here's the recipe:

Pumpkin Roll Recipe


1 cup sugar
1 tsp. soda
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup pumpkin (canned- not pie filling, pure pumpkin)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts (optional- I exclude them cuz I'm not a fan of walnuts)

Mix everything except nuts.
Grease & wax cookie sheet.
Pour into pan & sprinkle nuts.
Bake 15 min. at 375 degrees.
Roll into T-towel for about 10 minutes.
Unroll & spread in filling.


8 oz. cream cheese (250g)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. soft butter

Mix well.

Here are the photos & description:

Above is a photo of the grease & wax part (wax paper first, then grease).
 I crease the wax paper around the edges so that it stays in place better, like this:

Detailed Pumpkin Roll Tutorial

(which helps the shape of the cake-ish part of the roll)... also, grease it really really well (it's not cool when the cake won't come off of the wax paper).

Now pour your mixture onto the pan & smooth it out so that it fills the pan like so:

...and you're ready for baking. Keep an eye on it near the end of the baking time- you want it a bit brown- if it turns black... you've gone too far!

Once you've got it out of the oven, you're at the flip stage. I usually put the pan down first, then a tea towel, then an upside down pan. (I was using my other pan this time, so I used a pink lunch tray- but you get the idea). Grab hold of the whole thing (with oven mitts on!) and flip it over onto the cool tray.

Congratulations, you pulled off the flip! (are you still with me?) I threw the above picture in for you in case it helps illustrate the order of things (I've now removed the pan I cooked it in, and we're ready to remove the wax paper).

Carefully pull the wax paper away- you really don't want your cake to stick to the wax paper or start to come apart- this part is really important (that's why I wanted you to grease your wax paper really well).

...oh, and now you know what my other pan was busy doing (did you notice the tea towel switch?)
I was making 2 rolls when I photographed this (you only need one tea towel ;) ).
Next you're going to roll up the end of your tea towel (as shown above) and then continue rolling- with the cake and the tea towel. Do this carefully- the cake can crack at this stage if you're not gentle with it.

How to Roll a Pumpkin Roll

Leave your roll sitting like that for 10 minutes so that it'll cool before you spread your filling in. You can mix your filling during this time.

Unroll (careful that the cake doesn't stick to the tea towel & get pulled apart). Plop the filling on top.

Spread it around- almost to the edges, but you don't have to quite go all the way or it'll just goosh out when you roll it again.

Perfect Pumpkin Roll Recipe Tutorial

Re-roll it & voila!
Wait 'til you taste it... I'm in love with the filling!

How to Make a Pumpkin Roll Video

If you want to make this, be sure to pin this post for reference when you do!


If you liked this post, you might like my 

"Cinnabon" Cinnamon Roll  tutorial- click here to check it out!

Fall Recipes


  1. mmmm i love your pumpkin roll. i make it from your recipe and my family is obsessed too ( i still think the one you make is better though, you are amazing at it!) so yummy.

  2. Oooh, love the video tutorial! I think I might make it up this weekend. :)

  3. This looks so good! I've never attempted a pumpkin roll or a roll of any type but I will have to give it a try soon!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

  4. I need to make a pumpkin roll again! They are soooo good.

  5. I have been tasked with making one of these for Friendsgiving...thanks for the yummy looking recipe! Stopping by via SITS Girls linkup!

  6. Great technique. I can eat pumpkin anything all year round

  7. Wow...that looks really good!! And relatively easy to make. Last year I made a pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It turned out pretty good considering it was my first cheesecake. I might actually try and make this. Thank you! XOXO

  8. This looks really good I may attempt it .

  9. Looks scrumptious! I love pumpkins, especially during harvest...yumm!

  10. I will try this. I bet it's amazing.

  11. This looks delicious and you make it look so easy to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. This recipe looks so delicious. I will have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  13. This looks so good I have a huge fan of pumpkin in the family and will have to make this

  14. oh my gosh how delish does that look!! and easy to make to is right up my alley. This would also be a great dessert for Christmas !

  15. Thank you for sharing, I just might attempt to make this. I do have pumpkin lovers in the family.

  16. I have never made one of these. Thanks for the help, and it looks delicious.

  17. Wow! This looks incredible, I have never attempted making a roll like this but seeing as it is pumpkin, one of my favourite flavours I might just attempt it!

  18. That looks like it would be so good and fun to make with the step by step instructions doesn't seem so hard to make.

  19. Bookmarked this one,looks fantastic! Thanks:)

  20. Grease the wax paper ... genius! I have attempted rolls several times and each time they crack. Greasing the paper may be the key ...

  21. This turned out really well

  22. This looks delicious I am going to make this for my daughter who is a big fan of pumpkin

  23. Your pumpkin roll looks delicious. I've never made or tasted one; it's something I'll have to try.

  24. This looks and sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe!


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~Heather Lynne

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