Fast & Easy Pumpkin Roll

Easy Pumpkin Roll (with spice cake box mix)

-Autumn Traditions-


Make a fast and easy “great pumpkin” roll for dessert tonight. Unplug, order pizza… cuddle up with your loved ones and watch the heartwarming classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”


It’s that time of year again, pumpkin roll season!

We hope that you enjoy reading about our fall traditions.

Writing children’s books and this blog has allowed me to reach out and build several wonderful relationships. My new friends might not realize that I began my career as a kindergarten teacher ( I later became a principal and now I work as a Professor with California State University.)  In the beginning of my career, as a teacher, I was always thinking ‘themes’, ‘books’ and ‘fun’ when organizing learning activities. As a mom, this philosophy has remained with me.


To usher in autumn, we love to make this simple seasonal treat. We make it a “theme” night by watching ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’ and calling dessert a ‘Great Pumpkin Roll’! Hope you enjoy this recipe. Feel free to share your fall traditions…I love to hear from you. You can reach me at

Huckleberry Hugs from the Pacific Coast,

XO, Maxine (AKA “Molly”)

-Super Easy Pumpkin Roll-


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Use a jelly roll cake pan and line with parchment. This cakes freeze REALLY well! Plan ahead for the holidays. Easy to transport and simple to slice when slightly frozen.

3 eggs

¾ cup can pumpkin puree

1 cup boxed (super moist or pudding) spice mix cake mix- (It is easier to roll the cake if you get a super moist type cake mix.)


Tip: I like to add a few shakes of spices from my cabinet, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon or nutmeg. If you have fresh nutmeg grate a bit into the mix and for a ginger punch of flavor some ginger spice or a bit of diced fresh ginger root.

Beat the eggs, combine with pumpkin. Add cake mix to moisten (do not over beat)

Spread into the jelly roll pan. Make sure to line the pan with parchment paper. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Remove from oven and turn the cake out onto a clean kitchen towel. While the cake is warm roll it up and let it cool (two hours).



– Easy Cream Cheese Filling-


½ cup softened butter

8 ounces softened cream cheese

4 coups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix well!


Unroll the cooled cake, slather on cream cheese frosting and roll. Enjoy with your favorite fall book or movie! Yummy…


The Molly and Fern ‘autumn collection‘ has a festive fall look for transporting treats…