Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll Cake

This was the dessert I made for dinner guests who had to cancel.  It was very good and wasn’t too hard to make.  I think the most challenging moment for me was once the cake was baked flat, I needed to transfer it onto a different flat surface to roll.  That was tough because what can you really do but dump a cake the size of a cookie sheet over and hope like crazy that it doesn’t break.  Yikes.  If anyone knows of a better way to make the transfer, please let me know.  My cake did not break, but I think that was just luck.  I will make this yummy fall treat again.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll Cake

* 3 eggs
* 1 cup sugar
* 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
* 3/4 cup flour

Filling

* 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 4 tablespoons butter, softened
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Beat in remaining cake ingredients.

2. Grease a 10″x15″ jelly roll pan. Line pan with waxed paper, then grease and lightly flour (I used powdered sugar) the waxed paper.

3. Pour batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. *Cake cooks fast so watch carefully to avoid burning the edges.

4. While cake is baking, sprinkle powdered sugar heavily over a kitchen towel using a sieve or sifter.

5. Turn hot cake onto the towel.  (Yeah, right.)

6. Remove waxed paper. Trim off burnt or crusty edges.

7. Sprinkle more powdered sugar over the hot cake and quickly roll up with towel inside. Let cake cool completely, about 30 minutes.

8. Meanwhile, prepare filling by beating together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

9. Unroll cooled cake and spread with the filling mixture. Roll up cake with filling on the inside. Wrap in waxed paper and then foil.

10. Refrigerate or freeze. To serve, slice cake about 1/3 inch thick and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Slice and enjoy!

* NOTE: I used a second piece of wax paper (sprinkling it with powdered sugar) instead of a towel to roll the cake in.  I’d read that is a tad easier and it worked well for me.

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