Time and again, pumpkin—the most trendy of fall flavors—continues to surprise and delight with the endless amount of tasty treats derived from it. From breads to pies to cheesecakes, there is seriously no limit on the delicious creations fostered by this glorious gourd (we’ve come a far way from merely relying on pumpkins for decor and carving). But one dessert in particular seems to take the festive flavor to the next level, while simultaneously frightening potential patrons away with just its look: the pumpkin roll. The delicately rolled dish can be intimidating to those afraid of making a mistake and ending up with a heap of cake crumbles. But, from those brave enough to have mastered the technique, we have been reassured that it’s not nearly as daunting as it seems.
Simple tips like 1) always using parchment paper, 2) rolling the cake while still warm and 3) chilling the roll before cutting into it for guests help first-time pumpkin roll bakers avoid common mistakes. The pumpkin roll is great for holiday parties and family gatherings, and you can customize it with a variety of other flavors and ingredients such as cinnamon, chocolate and caramel. Here are some amazingly tasty pumpkin roll recipes to wow your friends and family with this year.