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Pumpkin Roll: Traditional and Gluten Free Recipes

It just isn’t Thanksgiving without a Pumpkin Roll!

Every Thanksgiving my brother-in-law makes a pumpkin roll, and it is my favorite!

First of all, I am super excited to participate in this month’s recipe challenge with several other amazing bloggers. The theme for our recipe creations this month is amazing desserts (just in time to try them all before the holidays)! A list of all of the other amazing dessert recipe contributions can be found at the end of this post.

I don’t know why but it took me 4 years to think that maybe I should make a gluten free pumpkin roll so the other half of my family can enjoy it too!

Thankfully, my gluten free pumpkin roll turned out to be just as delicious (cannot tell a difference at all!) as the original! Let’s just say, it didn’t make it 24 hours before it was devoured!

Here’s a video of how to make a pumpkin roll:

The pumpkin roll in all these pictures is a gluten free roll. We seriously could not tell any difference!

(Printable version at the end of the post)

Cake Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour * see notes for gluten-free version

*For gluten-free version use 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour and add 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum. Click here for a homemade gluten free flour recipe.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Beat eggs on high for 30 seconds.
  • Gradually add in sugar and continue beating for several minutes.
  • Stir in pumpkin.
  • Gradually add flour and rest of cake ingredients.
  • Grease and flour* a jellyroll pan (10×15). Spread batter into pan.
  • Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes.
  • While the cake is cooking, spread out a towel that is as large as your jellyroll pan. Heavily, sprinkle powder sugar on the towel.
  • Make the icing by beating the cream cheese, adding the rest of the ingredients, and beating until smooth.
  • Once the cake is done cooking, immediately flip the pan upside down onto the powder sugared towel. Roll the cake up in the towel and let cool completely.
  • Once the cake is cooled, unroll the cake and spread icing on the cake, roll back up.
  • Cut the very end pieces off to show the swirl better. And also to taste test 😉
  • Keep refrigerated.

*Use any gluten free flour.

Pumpkin Roll: Traditional and Gluten Free Recipes

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Cake ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour * see notes for gluten-free version
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Beat eggs on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Gradually add in sugar and continue beating for several minutes.
  3. Stir in pumpkin.
  4. Gradually add flour and rest of cake ingredients.
  5. Grease and flour a jellyroll pan (10×15). Spread batter into pan.
  6. Bake at 375° F for 15 minutes.
  7. While the cake is cooking, spread out a towel that is as large as your jellyroll pan. Heavily, sprinkle powder sugar on the towel.
  8. Make the icing by beating the cream cheese, adding the rest of the ingredients, and beating until smooth.
  9. Once the cake is done cooking, immediately flip the pan upside down onto the powder sugared towel. Roll the cake up in the towel and let cool completely.
  10. Once the cake is cooled, unroll the cake and spread icing on the cake, roll back up.
  11. Cut the very end pieces off to show the swirl better. And also to taste test 😉
  12. Keep refrigerated

Notes

*For gluten-free version use 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour AND add 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum.

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{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Tracey Harrelson October 4, 2017, 9:46 am
    Love that you have a gluten-free version of this classic cake. I have a friend with Celiac, and he will LOVE getting to enjoy this cake again! My Profile
  • Lori Vachon October 3, 2017, 4:49 pm
    I've never attempted to make a pumpkin roll but if I see one during the holidays...you better believe I'm on my way to grab a fork! My Profile
  • Sheena October 3, 2017, 4:49 pm
    This looks like a wonderful fall dessert! Yum! My Profile
  • Debi at Life Currents September 29, 2017, 10:50 am
    This pumpkin roll looks great. And, I see that you say it isn't Thanksgiving without one. You know, I've never had one. I must fix that and make this ASAP! It looks so yummy
  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch September 28, 2017, 3:37 pm
    This looks heavenly! I love having a GF option for my friends! My Profile
  • Lovefoodies September 28, 2017, 9:41 am
    This looks absolutely perfect and actually I want to eat the whole roll! great job!
    • Anna Martin September 28, 2017, 12:02 pm
      Thank you! My husband almost ate the whole roll by himself... then others were disappointed...HA!

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