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sliced pumpkin bread with icing on a cutting board

Pumpkin Bread and Cream Cheese Icing

This pumpkin bread is moist, full of flavor and so easy to make and the cream cheese frosting makes it even better!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 bread loaf
Author: EmilyFabulous



Pumpkin Bread

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (or 1 tsp ground nutmeg)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¾ cup applesauce

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (1 package)
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (OR unsalted butter)
  • 1 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ideas (optional)

  • candied ginger
  • pumpkin seeds
  • walnuts


Pumpkin Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prep the bread pan with parchment paper and/or non-stick spray and flour. I used a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
    bread pan with parchment and flour
  • In a mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking powder, and salt and mix together with a whisk or a spoon. Set aside.
    dry ingredients for pumpkin bread
  • Place the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in another mixing bowl and beat everything together with a hand mixer. Once combined, add the pumpkin and apple sauce and beat everything together again.
    wet ingredients for pumpkin bread
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine with a rubber spatula. This will make sure all of the ingredients are mixed together but you don't overmix and your bread be nice and moist.
    pumpkin bread batter in a mixing bowl
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, give it a tap on the counter to release bubbles, and bake for 50-60 minutes. Check with a toothpick and when it comes out clean, your bread is done. A darker pan will cook faster, my bread only took 50 minutes.
    pumpkin bread batter pour
  • Remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Once completely cool, you can add the cream cheese icing and any desired toppings.
    baked pumpkin bread on a cooling rack

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Place the cream cheese and vegetable shortening in a mixing bowl and beat on medium smooth until combined.
    cream cheese and vegetable shortening in a mixing bowl
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to beat for another 2-3 minutes until everything is fully combined and the frosting is nice and smooth.
    cream cheese frosting for pumpkin bread in a bowl
  • Frost the cooled pumpkin bread using a slanted spatula or rubber spatula. Add toppings if desired and enjoy! Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    frosted pumpkin bread on a cutting board


  • My favorite tool for grating fresh nutmeg is this mini grater complete with a little pocket to store your whole nutmeg seed. Not only does it work great, but it's also small so it's easy to store for any recipe that calls for nutmeg!nutmeg grater

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.