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Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

A super-moist pumpkin loaf with fall spices and sweet cream cheese glaze.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: quick, easy, simple, homemade, pumpkin bread
Servings: 8
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 14- oz can 1 3/4 cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten

Cream cheese drizzle

  • 1 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • a few drops of milk if needed


  • Preheat oven to 350┬║F.┬áPrepare an 8 1/2- by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper (allowing an overhang on sides).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, yogurt, melted butter and egg.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and gently fold it in until just combined.
  • Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. Bake in centre of oven for 45-55 minutes, until top springs back when gently pressed in the middle. Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
  • Whisk together ingredients for icing, adding a bit of milk if needed to achieve drizzling consistency. Spoon icing over cooled loaf.