I love Pumpkin anything. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Cake, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! But one of the most classic Pumpkin Desserts is what we’re making today, a deliciously spiced and fluffy pumpkin Swiss Roll with a luscious Cream Cheese Frosting Filling.
How Do I Make My Pumpkin Roll Not Crack?
This recipe yields a very moist and delicious end result so the chances of the cake cracking are low and you’re set up for the most success. Using parchment paper is a super helpful way to roll up your cake without it sticking and cracking. The confectioner’s sugar dusted on the parchment and inside of the cake also help to reduce the chances of your cake cracking.
It is extremely important that you roll up the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. This will ensure that you trap as much moisture as possible in the cake. If the cake were to cool and then you try rolling it up, it would crack much easier. Locking in that moisture is key to the flexibility of your cake.
Why Did My Roll Cake Crack?
We just went over how to prevent your Swiss Rolls from cracking but we can also talk about the troubleshooting process and see why your Swiss Rolls cracked in the past.
- Over Baking – over baking your swiss rolls can result in a dryer cake. The most important part of rolling a swiss roll is locking in that moisture to keep the cake flexible. If the cake is over baked a lot of that moisture disappears.
- Over Mixing – Over mixing any cake batter will activate more gluten. The more gluten that’s developed, the less flexible our cake becomes resulting in a cake that is much easier to crack.
- Tools to Roll – You can use a lightly damp kitchen towel or parchment paper (like we used in this recipe). Not having a protective layer of a towel or parchment between the cake can lead to the cake sticking to itself too much which can cause it to crack when unraveling the cake.
- Over Filling – Over filling our swiss rolls can make it harder to roll the cake back up causing the cake to stretch out too much leading it to crack when rolling it back up.
Tips For Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting pairs so perfectly with Pumpkin and is super easy to make. The most important thing to remember when making cream cheese frosting is to ensure that the cream cheese and butter are room temperature when you begin to mix them together. Before the confectioner’s sugar and other ingredients are added to the cream cheese and butter mixture, there should be no lumps. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you mix to ensure that everything is being mixed evenly and incorporated perfectly.Yum