Thanksgiving + The World's Greatest PumPkin Roll Recipe's almost Thanksgiving and I'm so in love with this time of year. I love being with family, eating until our pants don't fit, and then taking family group naps after the giant feast. There are so many things I love about celebrating Thanksgiving, but I'm not going to lie, I LOVE to eat, and Thanksgiving dinner might be the best part about it all. 

So since you'll learn that I love to eat more than most things in life, I get so excited when I find a recipe that I'm obsessed with and can't wait to share. So, we have a couple friends who live in North Carolina named Philip and Autumn that have become some of our greatest friends in the last couple years. They have not only been mentors to us, but they have spoiled us rotten by road tripping to Nashville to spend weekends with us, taking us out to dinner and planning adventures for us all to take while they're here. We love when they blow into town because it means game nights, loud music and living room dancing, and the occasional baking fest (yeah, I know I should really try to get this fall baking thing under control...I'm working on it).  So, about a month ago, Autumn came to town and met up with Fallon (my bestie from Nashie) and I, and we decided to be domestic and bake something together.  

It was just starting to get a bit chilly outside, and Autumn lit up like a Christmas tree when we started to talk about baking something. She squealed that she has a famous "pumpkin roll" recipe that she bakes for her family for various gatherings.  So the three of us, put our blonde heads together and baked this beautiful thing that we later feasted on, and I'm fairly certain we didn't even share it with our husbands...(sorry guys).

Anyways, Fallon was generous enough to let us turn her kitchen into a mass pumpkin chaos, and Autumn walked us through each step.  Fall is nearing its end (unfortunately), but winter is coming and it brings its exciting elements as well...but for now, MORE PUMPKIN PLEASE.  So, we spent the afternoon that day baking the most beautifully, delicious pumpkin roll ever.  It really wasn't quite as difficult as I was anticipating (thank you Jesus), and we kind of nailed it. I just wanted to share this incredible recipe with you all, in case you need a last minute dessert option to top off your Thanksgiving dinner. Check this out y'all...

The {World's Greatest} Pumpkin Roll Recipe

The Cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Small amount of powdered sugar for dusting (on the outside)
  • Kitchen towel

The Icing:

  • 8oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

And here's how - (Courtesy of Fallon and Autumn's hands)

World's Greatest Pumpkin Roll Recipe Ingredients

World's Greatest Pumpkin Roll Recipe Ingredients

Step 1 - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs, and sugar into a medium mixing bowl on low/medium until they're combined.

Step 2 - Slowly add other ingredients and mix well.

Step 3 - Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper, sift some powdered sugar onto the waxed paper, and pour the batter over the cookie sheet.

Go, Fal, go!!!

Go, Fal, go!!!

Step 4 - Bake the cake batter at 350 degrees, until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Should be around a half an hour. 

Step 5 - While the cake is baking, make your cream cheese filling.  [Guys, I know it's going to be impossible, but try not to lick the bowl clean before you finish the's JUST THAT GOOD.] Combine all of the cream cheese filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well until smooth. 

Step 6 - Take your kitchen towel, and lay it flat on the counter. Using your sifter again, sift some powdered sugar all over the towel.  When the cake is done, let it cool for a few minutes and then carefully flip it onto the towel. 

Step 7 - Remove wax paper from cake.  Carefully roll cake into towel and set aside to cool for another few minutes.  

Step 8 - After giving the cake a few minutes to mold, unwrap it.  Spread cream cheese filling on entire cake evenly and re-roll. 

Step 9 - Chill for another couple hours, slice and serve with your favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate!


Give this recipe a try if you're a pumpkin lover like I am.  It's so yummy and the perfect afternoon treat to boost your spirit and energy. What do you think?? Let me know if you try it :)

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Posted on November 25, 2015 and filed under Cooking.