Good Thing for the Internet

It’s pumpkin dessert time!

While I’ve made a few pumpkin pies, until last year, I had never made a pumpkin roll. When my wife’s family would gather for Thanksgiving, my youngest sister-in-law always would bring a pumpkin roll. It was awesome and I always looked forward to her bringing it.

One year I thought about asking for her recipe and I told the Ranting Wife. She looked at me strangely and then laughed. She then told me that her sister got them from a co-worker every year. Oh well, good thing for the Internet.

Pumpkin Roll Cake

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Moist pumpkin cake and delicious flavored cream!

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As you can see, I repurpose my old Domino Sugar plastic containers to sue for other sugar types (brown and confectioner’s).

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Mix the dry ingredients.

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Add the pumpkin.

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Lay it out in a pan to bake.

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Coat with powdered sugar.

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Soften the gelatin.

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Make and spread the cream.

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Roll and eat the excess cream!

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Oh yeah!

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Prep Time: 35 m | Cook Time: 2 h 10 m | Servings: 12 servings | Difficulty: Intermediate


3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
6 large eggs, separated
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup golden brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup canned pumpkin, packed
1/8 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup whipping cream, chilled
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
6 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup English toffee pieces for garnish
Additional powdered sugar, for garnish
1 1/2 cups purchased caramel sauce, warmed, for garnish


For the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a 15 by 10 by 1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with nonstick cooking spray.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice into a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until very thick. Add the pumpkin to the egg mixture and combine at a low speed until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and beat at a low speed until mixed. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. Fold into the cake batter, stirring with a spatula, until most of the white streaks are gone.

Spread the batter onto a baking sheet and smooth out. Transfer baking sheet to the oven and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 15 to 18 minutes. While the cake is hot, dust generously with powdered sugar. Loosen the edges and turn the cake out onto a kitchen towel. Fold the towel over the edge of the cake and roll up. Cool completely, edge down, for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

For the filling: Soften the gelatin in the rum. Stir over low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Cool. Beat the chilled whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl until peaks form. Fold in the gelatin and 6 tablespoons English toffee pieces.

To assemble, unroll the cake and sprinkle with 4 tablespoons of English toffee pieces. Spread the filling over the toffee. Start at 1 long side of the cake roll and, using the towel as an aid, roll up the cake to encase the filling. Place the cake, seam-side down, on a platter.

Trim the ends of the cake at a slight diagonal. Dust the cake with powdered sugar. Spoon some warm caramel sauce and the remaining toffee chips over the top of the cake. To serve, use a serrated knife to cut the cake crosswise into 1-inch thick slices. Drizzle more sauce on each slice and serve.


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Categories: Alcohol, Baking3, Christmas, Dessert 2, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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