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Best Pumpkin Bread

The Best Pumpkin Bread

  • Author: Delphine Fortin
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Cakes and Pies
  • Cuisine: American recipes


This soft and super moist spice pumpkin bread topped with a cinnamon glaze is a classic everyone love. Super easy to bake, it’s definitely the BEST pumpkin bread I have ever had!



For the pumpkin bread:

  • 1 1/2 sticks (150g) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups (270g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15 oz, 425g) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs

For the cinnamon glaze:

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a loaf pan generously with butter and dust with flour.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sour cream, and vanilla.
  4. In a large bowl, beat softened butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy (for about 3 to 5 minutes), then add the eggs and beat for 1 minute.
  5. Reduce speed to low and add the flour and pumpkin mixtures alternately in batches, mixing until just smooth.
  6. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan, smoothing top, then bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let the bread cool into the pan on a rack for 15 minutes, then turn the cake upside down onto the rack.
  7. For the cinnamon glaze: in a medium sized bowl, whisk together milk, confectioners sugar and cinnamon until smooth. Drizzle icing over warm cake, then cool cake completely. Icing will harden slightly.