November 8, 2020| By

Pumpkin Bread with Easy Brown Butter Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
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This easy Pumpkin Bread recipe with Brown Butter Frosting is a delicious baked treat you'll never forget! It's perfectly spiced, full of pumpkin flavor, and the hazelnut frosting is just beyond delicious!

While you're here, check out this Banana Bread recipe and this Honey Oat Bread!

Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Frosting sliced on several plates

My Pumpkin Bread with Frosting is the best one you'll ever make. I know there are TONS of pumpkin bread recipes out there, but I'm here to tell you (no shade to all the others) that this one exceeds the rest! I've been making this pumpkin bread recipe every fall and I believe that I have perfected its taste and texture. 

Now that I have a blog, I'm so excited to share this with you. I spiced this pumpkin bread with warm cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. 

It came out super moist and buttery! The frosting has brown butter, cream cheese and hazelnut—I mean, seriously?! It gets no better than this!

I was hesitant to post this recipe because I know pumpkin bread is something that is saturated on the interweb right now. Not without reason, because pumpkin bread is so delicious. 

I want something that would set MY pumpkin bread recipe apart from the other millions of pumpkin bread recipes and for it not to be just another ordinary pumpkin bread, that’s why I added a few special ingredients into the mix.

Once you try this recipe, you'll understand that the proof is in the bread (lol), the brown butter hazelnut frosting—woooooo is insanely delicious!

If you’re looking for a pumpkin bread recipe that is moist, full of flavor and easy to cook, this delicious quick bread recipe is perfect for you!

pumpkin bread with plates and pumpkins in the background

Pumpkin Bread with brown butter Frosting

If you want to know how I came up with the brown butter frosting for my pumpkin bread recipe, keep reading!

I had some leftover hazelnuts from another recipe (coming soon) so I made some hazelnut syrup (this is not mandatory for this recipe); however you can simply buy syrup from the store (I just REALLY enjoy experimenting in the kitchen).

The first thing I did was roast the hazelnuts, then boil them in water and sugar (simple syrup) until completely reduced and thickened into a syrup. Fun. Shockingly, it worked! That's when I linked this back to my pumpkin loaf recipe.

I said to myself - let's see how this goes and wow, I'm so happy that I did it. My pumpkin loaf recipe went from amazing to out of this world. Oh and besides being delicious, it's SO EASY to make too!

Overhead shot of pumpkin bread with brown butter frosting

how do you make pumpkin bread?

To make this recipe, you simply combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients, mix the two separately and incorporate them all together.

Bake at 350 degrees °F for an hour and then let it cool.

how do you make the brown butter frosting?

For the frosting, you don't have to make your hazelnut syrup, of course. You can buy hazelnut syrup on amazon or at the world market (or wherever you can find it!). It's SO worth it because the flavor that the hazelnut adds is so warm and delicious!

Simply brown the melted butter in a pan over medium-low heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla extract, hazelnut syrup, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. Pour the batter into the bowl and whisk until the icing is smooth and fluffy. Place it inside the refrigerator until it's ready to use.

pumpkin bread sliced with pumpkin in the background


Storage: The pumpkin bread needs to be cooled completely before wrapping tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Place in a cool, dry place for up to 4 days. For the brown butter frosting, keep it inside a tight container inside the refrigerator.

Freeze: Wrapped in two layers of aluminum foil or plastic wrap, place in a tightly sealed container or heavy-duty resealable freezer bags. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Top with brown butter frosting before serving.

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pumpkin bread sliced with pumpkin in the background

Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Hazelnut Frosting

Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Frosting is the best pumpkin loaf recipe you'll ever make. Easy, delicious, and fun to make!
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Calories: 370kcal


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon
  • 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

Brown Butter Hazelnut Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut syrup
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a stand mixer, combine egg yolks, bourbon, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and vegetable oil. Whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk ingredients together. Add to wet ingredients and fold together with a spatula, mixing ingredients together.
  • Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with oil and add batter. Bake for 1 hour.
  • To make the forsting, begin by browning butter in a pan over medium heat. In a large bowl, add cream cheese, vanilla extract, hazelnut syrup, powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt. Pour in brown butter and whisk until icing is smooth and fluffy. Add to refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Allow pumpkin loaf to cool completely prior to adding the frosting.


Calories: 370kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for the amazing Pumpkin Bread recipe, it takes me back to my childhood and fills me up with joy. I also substituted with Arrowhead Gluten Free flour and it was perfect! Thank you so much!!!

  2. 5 stars
    This pumpkin loaf was amazing, but that FROSTING?!! The frosting was to die for!!! I want to put it on everything!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my! That frosting was amazing! My household usually isn’t big on frosting, but this one was absolutely delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    The brown butter hazelnut frosting! Oh my! It is soo good and compliments the pumpkin bread perfectly! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    If this isn't the best way to enjoy the flavors of pumpkin then we don't know what is! Wow! So good and that brown butter hazelnut frosting is excellent! Can't wait to make this again.

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