This easy Pumpkin Bread recipe is a delicious baked treat you'll never forget! It's perfectly spiced, full of pumpkin flavor, and the cream cheese frosting is beyond delicious! Celebrate pumpkin season and make this pumpkin loaf cake for the BEST fall treat!
Hear me out - I know that there are TONS of pumpkin bread recipes out there and everyone's is the best. However, THIS homemade pumpkin bread is the only recipe that you'll need.
I'm a self proclaimed pumpkin lover and have tested this recipe over and over to bring you the most delicious, moist pumpkin bread for the perfect fall treat!
This quick bread recipe is loaded with pumpkin spice flavor in every bite and the texture is so rich and moist, it makes every bite feel like a cozy warm hug. Best part - it's SO easy to make and that easy cream cheese icing really seals the deal.
Simple ingredients, superior flavor, AND easy?! Now this is the best pumpkin bread recipe ever. And I say that with complete confidence! Happy Baking!
Perfect treat for a midday pick-me-up or afternoon snack! With the tangy cream cheese frosting adding a layer of indulgence, it's also an incredible dessert!
(full list of ingredients and quantities can be found in the recipe card)
Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to use canned pumpkin puree as opposed to pumpkin pie filling! Just straight pure pumpkin. You can use homemade pumpkin puree, just make sure to cook off any excess water.
Sour Cream and Eggs: Ensure that both are at room temperature for best results!
Brown Sugar and White Sugar: a mix of both sugars makes for a deliciously sweet yet flavorful pumpkin bread!
Oil: use a neutral oil like vegetable oil! This gives the bread a super moist texture!
Unsalted Butter: you can use salted butter, just omit the added salt that listed in the recipe. You're gonna melt the butter For this recipe, so don't worry about waiting For room temperature butter.
Warm Spices: I'm going with a homemade pumpkin pie spice blend that's just ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom (optional), ground cloves, and allspice. This combo of fall spices really brings out that delicious pumpkin flavor.
Cream Cheese: use full fat cream cheese for the best flavor.
Pure Vanilla Extract: vanilla enhances the flavor of everything! I would be remiss not to add it to this sweet bread! Be sure to use a quality vanilla for the best flavor.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk ingredients together. (Image #1)
In a separate large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, sugar, melted butter, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Whisk together for 2-3 minutes, until smooth.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until all of the ingredients are incorporated. (Image #2)
Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 75-80 minutes, until a toothpick comes out of the center of the bread clean or with just a few crumbs. Let the loaf cool for 5 minutes in the loaf pan, then remove and place onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Image #3)
Make the cream cheese frosting by adding cream cheese and butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or an electric mixer. Cream together for 2 minutes, then add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream. Mix until fully combined, about one minute.
Add the cream cheese frosting on top of the pumpkin bread.
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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