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Pumpkin Cake Roll

It's that time of year when we start seeing all kinds of recipes using pumpkin. I admit though, I love pumpkin and could eat it no matter what time of year it was.
My daughter, Joye, found a recipe for a pumpkin cake roll and treated us to this delicious dessert the other night. She stores it in the freezer and I do like the taste of it slightly frozen. 
It was so delicious that I just had to share the recipe with you.  If you decide to make it, let me know how you like it. 
Happy Thursday, friends! Ingredients3 eggs, separated1 cup sugar, divided2/3 cup canned pumpkin3/4 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/8 teaspoon saltFILLING:1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened2 tablespoons butter, softened1 cup confectioners' sugar3/4 teaspoon vanilla extractAdditional confectioners' sugar, optional
1.Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high sp…
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