Finally a Dang Pumpkin Roll!

When I first mentioned my pumpkin roll craving I had no idea how difficult it would be to find a can of pumpkin.  You can’t make a pumpkin roll without a can of dang pumpkin!  It was like the universe was playing a cruel trick on me or something.  Every grocery store I went to (and I went to FIVE)  did not have a single can of pumpkin.  To say that I was frustrated would be an understatement.

The reason for the lack of canned pumpkin?  I heard two different explanations from the store clerks I cornered asked:

  1. There is a pumpkin shortage
  2. Pumpkin is considered a seasonal item and would not be stocked until October

Whatever the reason, I was devastated.  No pumpkin roll for me 😦  I pretty much gave up on that recipe endeavor until…

I took Cutie Pie over to Steph’s house on Thursday morning so she could babysit while I taught a couple of Zumba classes.  There on her foyer table was a can of Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin!!!!  Ahhhh!

I couldn’t believe my eyes!  I think I squealed in delight as I quickly snatched up the can and clutched it to my chest.  Upon learning of my plight, Steph scoured her pantry for some leftover canned pumpkin from Thanksgiving 2008.  She had some stashed in the back!  YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

With canned pumpkin in hand, I began my journey to make my first pumpkin roll on Friday night.  Dude, was it a messy journey.  Me and powdered sugar don’t generally get along.  I like to keep things tidy when I cook.  Powdered sugar does it’s best to see that I fail.  That’s right, powdered sugar, I’ve got your number.  No matter though!  The residual sugar dust was totally worth the end result.

One thing that I will do differently the next time I make this recipe is to use parchment paper instead of wax paper when I bake the cake.  Even though I greased and floured the heck out of the wax paper, the cake still stuck to it horribly.  I think parchment paper will work much better.

The end result, you ask?  Scrumptious!

Just as good as I remember!  And if our grocery stores ever get canned pumpkin in this year, I’m totally buying a case!