Vintage Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin spice cake roll with cream cheese filling, frosted with chocolate (1970s)

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Pumpkin cake roll recipe (1984)

Roll a pumpkin cake! It’s the perfect festive cake for Thanksgiving or Christmas

What is a pumpkin cake roll? It’s a lightly-spiced pumpkin cake — filled with a fluffy cream cheese mixture, then frosted with chocolate and decorated with pumpkin candies.

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Pumpkin cake roll recipe (1984)

Pumpkin spice cake roll with cream cheese filling, frosted with chocolate

Yield: 10 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
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  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate buttercream frosting


  1. FOR THE CAKE: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until thick, about 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat well. Stir in pumpkin.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients; fold into egg mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  3. Spread evenly into greased and floured waxed paper-lined 15-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 1-inch jelly roll pan. Bake 14 to 18 minutes.
  4. Immediately loosen sides of cake. Invert onto towel lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Remove waxed paper.
  5. Starting from narrow end, roll cake in towel. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Unroll cake; spread with cream cheese filling.
  7. FOR THE CAKE ROLL FILLING & FROSTING: Combine cream cheese and butter. Cream until fluffy.
  8. Gradually add sugar and vanilla; beat until well-blended. Spread over cool, unrolled cake.
  9. Roll; frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.
  10. Decorate cake roll with large or small orange gumdrops, using green frosting for stems, if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 266mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 44gProtein: 6g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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