This pumpkin cake roll is moist, luscious pumpkin cake, wrapped around a delicious maple buttercream filling. Simple to make, but will fancy up any of your fall gatherings!
I couldn’t wait to share this pumpkin cake roll with maple buttercream filling with you. After making my lemon cake roll, and realizing how totally doable they are, I was excited to try another one!
And this one, turned out even better than the first one! And considering what a lemon-lover I am, that’s saying something. I think it was really the texture that I enjoyed the most. It was moist and fluffy, and that maple buttercream, y’all. Perfection. And what says fall better than pumpkin and maple flavors??
And the “icing on the cake” so-to-speak? Drizzling Torani pumpkin pie sauce over a slice after it was cut. Whole ‘notha level, my friends. It took every ounce of will-power that I had not to drench the entire roll in that sauce.
Instead I savored my slice, in all it’s sauced-up glory, and then took the rest to work to share. ‘Tis the season, and all that jazz, right?
But seriously. This pumpkin cake roll is perfect for upcoming holiday celebrations. It might be hard to see that first slice go, but you’ll be so glad you did, when you see the smiles after those first bites. And then you’ll be expected to make it every year, so be prepared to add it to your annual menu!
Pumpkin Cake Roll with Maple Buttercream
For the Pumpkin Cake
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- powdered sugar and pumpkin pie sauce, for topping (optional)
For the Maple Buttercream
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp maple extract or maple syrup
- 1 tsp heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan with foil, leaving an extra 1-inch over-hang so that you can easily lift the cake out after baking. Spray with cooking spray (I like the ones with flour in them) to prevent sticking.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt until combined.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk eggs and granulated sugar for 1 minute until thick. Add the vanilla and pumpkin, and whisk until just combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Spread the batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when touched. Carefully lift the cake out onto a flat surface. While the cake is baking, set a large, clean kitchen towel out on a large work surface. Sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar (about 1/4 cup). As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, turn it over on the kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove foil carefully. Working from the short end, fold the edge of the towel over the cake. Roll tightly, rolling up the cake into the towel. Let cool completely while rolled, at least one hour.
- While the cake is cooling, make the maple buttercream (instructions below.)
- When cake is cool, carefully unroll the towel. Spread the maple buttercream over the cake, as evenly as you can. Roll the cake again, gently but tightly (and withouth the towel this time.) Wrap in plastic wrap to prevent drying out, and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle powdered sugar on top, slice the cake and serve with pumpkin pie sauce, if you like!
To make the maple buttercream:
- In standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.
- Add powdered sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 45 seconds. Scrape down bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully combined, about 15 seconds.
- Scrape bowl, add maple extract and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 10 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice.