Vegan Pumpkin Cake Roll & Video

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Vegan Pumpkin Cake Roll

I made this vegan pumpkin cake roll for my youngest son's birthday in September. Making a cake roll has been my desire for such a long time. I never even tried to attempt it thinking that it was too difficult. I have bookmarked a lot of cake roll recipes with egg/egg whites. I was not sure about which egg substitutes to use in such recipes. So I was very excited when I found this vegan pumpkin cake roll in the book "Have your cake and vegan too." I first borrowed this book from the library but after seeing a lot of interesting and easy vegan cake recipes I decided to buy the book and this is the first recipe I'm trying from that book. I'm so excited that this cake roll recipe has turned out great.

If you follow the instructions carefully, making a cake roll is not difficult at all. We made a video of this recipe so that it will be easy for beginners to follow. Actually I wouldn't say that my cake roll is perfect, but it is so much better than what I had expected. I was anticipating a great disaster like the roll breaking or the cake ripping off, but to my surprise none of it happened. The only thing that could have been better was the roll's shape and thickness. It was not round and did not have a perfect shape like the cake pictured in the book. I guess that the leftover cream cheese icing from the vegan carrot cake recipe was not enough for this cake roll, making it skinnier than the picture from the recipe.


Vegan Pumpkin Cake Roll Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
3 Hr 30 Mins15 Mins20-24 Small Slices
Vegan Pumpkin Cake Roll & Video
4.8 from 9 reviews
Want to bake something fancy for your next special occasion? This vegan pumpkin cake roll will be the perfect dessert.
Ingredients for Cake:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 (8-ounce) container non-dairy cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 and 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Line the bottom of a 11x15-inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper (this is a must) and lightly grease the sides with oil.
  2. In a small bowl combine together the flour, spices, leavening agents and salt.
  3. In another bowl, cream together the pumpkin and granulated sugar only. Icing sugar is for sprinkling on the towel to roll the cake.
  4. Add the oil and vanilla and mix until blended well.
  5. Stir in half the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, blending until just mixed. Add the balance flour mix and blend it once again.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan, preferably using an offset spatula. The spread batter will be very thin. (See My Notes)
  7. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove the pan out of the oven. Loosen the edges of the cake with a butter knife and invert onto a clean dish towel sprinkled with the icing sugar. Peel of the parchment paper. Roll from the long side of the cake, wrapping it in the towel. Let the cake cool on a cooling rack for at least an hour. Prepare the cream cheese filling meanwhile.
Cream Cheese Filling Recipe:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese and margarine.
  2. Add the icing sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy.
  3. Make sure the cream is firm, but still easy to spread by storing it in the freezer to firm up for 30-60 minutes.
Assembling the Cake:
  1. Unroll the cooled cake and spread the filling throughout the cake.
  2. Re-roll the cake without the towel and wrap the cake roll with plastic wrap.
  3. Cover it again with aluminum foil or the towel itself and store the cake in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Store leftover cake, wrapped in the fridge.
  1. This vegan pumpkin cake roll tasted so much better than what I had expected. The texture was very good too. The canned pumpkin puree gave the cake a very moist texture, so the cake did not dry up even after 3 days in the fridge. Each and every time we had it directly from the fridge the cake was still soft. It was not hard or dry at all.
My Notes:
  1. The cake batter was very thick and I found it very difficult to spread it on the pan. So I would suggest 2 things. Grease the pan lightly with oil and then place the parchment paper on top of it so the paper sticks to the pan and does not lift off while trying to spread the batter. The other tip is to add some liquid (milk/water) to get a better consistency and the spreading can be done easily. Care should be taken while spreading the batter, so that the cake will bake evenly throughout. Mine was very thin in one of the sides and a small piece of the cake did rip off but I was able to stick it back and roll it without any difficulty.
  2. My cake roll looked thinner than what was pictured in the book. I think some more icing would have given the body for the cake. Maybe following the icing recipe for this cake would yield more icing than I had from the vegan carrot cake which would have given a thicker and rounder roll.
  3. For those who are wondering if we could use almost a month old cream cheese icing, we can. I had stored it in an air tight container in the fridge and I read that it keeps good for about 3 months. But be sure to check that it does not taste weird. Mine smelled and tasted perfectly fine and so I decided to use it in this cake roll.
  4. Non-vegans can use dairy products wherever applicable.
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  2. Jake

    For some reason, every time I make this, the cream comes out very thin. Almost soupy.

    • Madhuram

      How come!? That’s strange.

      • Jake

        I wish I could find out. I’ve made this recipe a few different times and I follow it to the t. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what’s going wrong.

        • Madhuram

          Did you try increasing the quantity of sugar and reducing the cream cheese?

  3. Pearle

    Have you tried using aquafaba to replace the eggs? I’m going to try it tomorrow using this recipe as a base. You did put in your notes that the batter was too thick so I think just adding aquafaba to this recipe will work. Or at least that is what I’m hoping for.

    • Madhuram

      I haven’t Pearle. But hearing quite a lot about it as an egg replacer. Will have to try. Please leave your observation once you do it.

  4. Dreama Black

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t non-hydrogenated margerine still have dairy? If so this can not be vegan.

    • Madhuram

      There are specific vegan brands which don’t contain dairy like Earth Balance. It’s made with vegetable oils.

      • Dreama Black

        The Earth Balance has “lactic acid” which one source of that is “dairy”. It doesn’t say that it is not obtained from dairy. As someone who has to avoid dairy at all costs, it pays to research all questionable ingredients. I have used Earth balance before and got sick from it. That is when I looked and researched the lactic acid.

  5. Heather

    I don’t have coconut oil could I use another oil instead?

    • Madhuram

      Yes any oil should be fine Heather.

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  7. Crystal

    I think, even though the recipe stated to roll from the long side, every other recipe I’ve read for a typical pumpkin roll is saying to roll from the short side. That’ll guarantee a thicker spiral inside. Going to use this recipe next week, but I’ll try from the short side. Also, for anyone who can’t stand store bought non-dairy cream cheese, there’s an incredibly easy and delicious one in Miyoko Schiner’s book, Artisan Vegan Cheese. It’s cashew based and fantastic!

    • Madhuram

      Hmm..that’s interesting to know. I will try it too sometime.

  8. Pipli

    Can I use plain veg oil instead of coconut oil? And any substitution of pumpkin puree? Want to have vanila and chocolate eggless roll cake… Please suggest..

    • Madhuram

      Yes for the oil. Not sure for the second question. Haven’t tried it so can’t give a suggestion. Sorry.

  9. Diane

    What’s the nutrional content of the pumpkin roll?

    • Madhuram

      I have not done the calculation for all the recipes.

  10. rain

    dont forget about ground chia as an egg sub! you use it just like ground flax seed, but it doesnt have as strong flavor as flax, plus adds different essentials to your food! 🙂

  11. April L Peterson

    Sugar isnt vegan unless its organic you need to specify this a lot of people are unaware

    • Madhuram

      Hmm..I don’t use organic sugar but years back I have checked the website of the company and they have clearly mentioned that it’s vegan.

    • rain

      not just sugar, anything that isnt organic isnt vegan, unless you dont count all the damage nonorganic food does to insects, the food chain and the planet.

      • December

        Organic means more than not using pesticides. Organic farming kills a lot more pesticides vs gmo crops that are made to deter those bugs in the first place not to mention that the things organic farmers use as pesticides hurt bees. This is a great recipe. Do some research.

  12. Bee

    Why do you call for 1/4 cup of icing sugar in the cake batter? There is no distinction between the white sugar and icing sugar in the batter. Is that an error?

    • Madhuram

      Hi Bee, it’s not for the cake batter, but to sprinkle on the towel to roll the cake.

  13. Bee

    Can you tell me what to substitute in order to make a chocolate log version of this cake? e.g what should I use in stead of pumpkin puree?

    • Madhuram

      I haven’t tried it Bee, so don’t want to suggest something without knowing if it would work or not. Sorry.

  14. Julie R

    Help! I have made this twice and each time my cake is stuck to paper. I greased and floured well, but it continues to stick!!?

    • Madhuram

      I’m unable to guess where it could have gone wrong because it peeled off the paper so easily.

  15. Flor

    This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it. On a side note, have you tried rolling the cake from the short side? I’ve always made cake rolls that way instead of from the long side. That should help with the fullness and roundness you were looking for!

    • Madhuram

      I haven’t tried that Flor, but the recipe did mention to roll it from the long side.

  16. Rachita

    I tried this recipe with butter milk instead of pumpkin puree. it turned out really good. i did a cream cheese frosting too.
    Thank you so much.

    • Madhuram

      So you didn’t use the puree at all!? Interesting!

  17. Valan

    I love this recipe! My son has an egg allergy, so he always seems to get the short end of the stick with baked goods. I added some pumpkins spice to my cream cheese mix just to…well spice it up some more. 🙂

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for trying the recipe and for the feedback Valan.

  18. Chasity

    This recipe worked out great… Was very yummy!!! Glad to now have a vegan version of a Thanksgiving staple I grew up with 🙂

    • Madhuram

      That’s excellent Chasity.

    • Madhuram

      Thank you very much for bringing this to our notice. Will follow up.

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  20. sowmya

    Thanks Madhuram!
    I made this yesterday. It came out soo well that I had to tell everyone to leave some for the next day. 😛 Thanks so much!!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Sowmya.

      • sowmya

        I would like to substitute the sugar to make it diabetic friendly. Any suggestions?

        • Madhuram

          Hi Sowmya, the only change you can make is using stevia or xylitol. Or else see if you can get some date sugar.

  21. Svena

    I made this cake roll twice with common cream cheese (couldn’t find a vegan version here ).

    Whoever tasted it liked it so much!

    Thanks a lot for the recipe!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Svena.

  22. CurryLeaf

    First just one word, WOW. Will surely let you know when I test it out.Its looking perfect

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Sweatha.

  23. anu

    Hi There,

    this recipe looks really nice and i would love to try this for my 2 year old. could you plz explain if
    1) will the measurement remain the same if i use fresh pumpkin puree ?
    2) for the cream cheese filling what brand of cheese did you use. its so difficult finding a non dairy cheese here in kuwait


    • Madhuram

      The pumpkin puree we get in the store is very thick. So the puree you make at home should be thick too, for you to get the desired result. I used Tofutti brand vegan cream cheese but you can use dairy cream cheese too if you don’t want to make it vegan.

  24. P. Vasanthi

    Hi Madhu,
    Cake is very nice. Video is also very nicely taken.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Amma.