Pumpkin Roll RoundUp or Ten Variations on a Pumpkin Roll Recipe


I feel incredibly naive in admitting that I thought my pumpkin roll recipe was the only recipe. I got it from an ad in a magazine sponsored by (who else?) Libby’s. I started surfing Pinterest and found all of these incredible variations, and I just had to share them.

I think pumpkin roll should be awarded The Most Versatile Dessert Award! 


So pull out your aprons and warm up your ovens, cause you’re going to want to get cooking after you read all of these recipes!

This recipe comes from a Croatian blog called Sweet Sensation. The cake looked basically the same, but the filling calls for marscapone cheese, orange zest and orange liqueur. I think it’s worth the effort to convert from metric just to try this out!  And I love the way she placed chocolate stars on it!

Pumpkin Roll by Sweet Sensation

Frankly, I think adding gingerbread and eggnog into this traditional holiday recipe is nothing short of ingenious. As a bonus, Gingerbread Pumpkin Roll, by Cheeky Kitchen, looks super simple to make. I will be trying this soon!

Gingerbread Pumpkin Roll by cheekykitchen

Here’s a grain free version from Eat the Cookie. Grain free, by the way, is not the same as gluten free. This recipe was made with coconut flour and sweetened with maple syrup. Love maple syrup!

Pumpkin Roll by Eat the Cookie

I have to admit I’m fascinated with how many ways the cake recipe can be varied. This recipe from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks calls for pumpkin pie spice, rather than cinnamon and nutmeg, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. But the real star of this show is in the icing – apple butter!!!

pumpkin roll with apple butter filling from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

 WheatFree Mom posted this gluten free version. In addition to the gluten free cake, she uses a very yummy looking chestnut spread in the icing.

gluten-free-pumpkin-roll from WheatFree Mom

This Bourbon Vanilla Pumpkin Roll was shared by Helen C. on KeyIngredient.com. No need to even mention the key ingredient here. Hats off to you, Helen C.!!

Bourbon Vanilla Pumpkin Roll

If you’re not sure that rolling a pumpkin roll is right for you but you still want the great mix of pumpkin and cream cheese flavors, try this Unrolled Pumpkin Roll recipe from The Kitchen Whisperer!

Unrolled Pumpkin Roll by the Kitchen Whisperer

Our Best Bites had a brilliant idea – combine the yumminess of pumpkin roll with the nurturing goodness of breakfast.The result? Pumpkin Roll Pancakes!


Here’s a twist that’s so simple that I can’t help but think I must make this today! I present to you Pumpkin Roll Cake from A Simple Sweet.

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Even though there is no pumpkin and no cream cheese involved, I love love love this literal translation of Pumpkin Rolls from They Are Crafty! I can’t wait to make these adorable rolls  for Thanksgiving!

pumpkin rolls from They Are Crafty

I couldn’t resist adding this last pumpkin roll that I found on Pinterest, even though it’s a dead link. I think this is the most beautifully decorated pumpkin roll I’ve ever seen. How many hours do you suppose it took the baker to decorate this?  I’d love to give props to the original creator of this thing of beauty. If that’s you, let me know!

***Soap Box Moment: When you are visiting a blog, and you want to Pin what you see, don’t click on the picture so that it’s on a screen by itself. Pinning from the picture by itself creates a dead link. The purpose of Pinterest is to be able to link back to a great craft you’re inspired to recreate in your home, or a yummy recipe you want to try. By creating a dead link, all you’ve done is put a picture on your board that does nothing for you or anyone else. Pin Responsibly, people! :Soap Box Moment Over***

Beautifully Decorated Pumpkin Roll

I hope you’re inspired to try your hand at making a pumpkin roll, regardless of the recipe. If you’re an old hand at it, maybe you’ve seen a recipe here that’s intrigued you to try something new. I know I can’t wait to try a few of these out soon. Who knows, maybe I’ll find I have a new favorite!

2 Responses to Pumpkin Roll RoundUp or Ten Variations on a Pumpkin Roll Recipe

  1. Wheat Free Mom October 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Great list!

    Thank you so much for featuring our Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll recipe! It’s definitely one of my kids favorite recipes so I make it every year for thanksgiving!

    Hope you have a great day!

    • cozycottagelife@gmail.com October 27, 2013 at 12:11 am #

      Thanks for stopping by to check out my post!

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