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Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This easy pumpkin bread recipe makes a moist homemade bread loaf with a creamy and mildly sweet cream cheese frosting and crunchy roasted salted pepitas. It’s better than Starbuck’s!
Keywords:BREAD RECIPES, cream cheese frosting, easy pumpkin bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories374 kcal
Cost $ 0.50 per slice


  • mixer
  • bowl
  • spatula


For the bread batter:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt optional
  • cups all-purpose flour

For the frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp roasted salted pepitas


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Liberally grease an 8-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and cover bottom with parchment paper hanging on the sides if desired. This will remove the loaf easier from the pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs just until combined. Then combined the pumpkin puree and spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and lastly the flour. Do not overmix; otherwise, the bread will be tough.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for about 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (or with moist, not wet crumbs).
  • Let it cool for 15- 20 minutes before removing from the pan and enjoy warm, or allow bread loaf to cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the cream cheese frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy, about 30-60 seconds. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat at low speed until homogeneous and without lumps. Spread over cool easy pumpkin bread and add salted pumpkin seeds to the top.

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Recipe Notes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
To make your own pumpkin pie spice blend, combine 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon with 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice. See? It is simple!
How To Store Homemade Pumpkin Bread
Store this pumpkin loaf in an airtight container either at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for 3-4 days
How to Freeze
Let this simple pumpkin bread cool, wrap tightly in parchment paper or foil, and place in a resealable freezer bag. Then freeze for up to 3 months. Make sure to let it come to room temp before frosting or slicing!


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 4313IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
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