Versatile Pumpkin Cake or Bread Recipe

 This versatile Pumpkin recipe makes the perfect soft, fluffy, moist Pumpkin cake or Pumpkin Bread. This is going to be the one recipe you keep on hand. It can be made into a 9x 13 pan for cake, or 2 loaf pans for 2 loaves of pumpkin bread. Just a dollop of whip cream is all you need!

Pumpkin Cake or Bread recipe

It's a very cold and snowy beginning to 2022 here in Virginia. It snowed AGAIN this weekend, and all I wanted was comfort food. I made a batch of Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili and this pumpkin cake to get us through, and they kept me warm heart and soul!

First of all, it's truly the softest, fluffiest, moistest pumpkin cake or bread I 've ever had. I love those quick and easy boxes of pumpkin bread you can buy in the stores like everyone, but this one is so much better, I don't think I'll ever go back. 

Jan's Tip's:

  •  You can pour this into a 9 x13 cake pan like I did today, or 2 loaf pans to make 2 loaves of bread.
  • Spoon flour into your measuring cup by hand, to keep your flour airy and light. If you just scoop it from the container with your measuring cup, it presses it down, and you use more flour than you actually need, making it a bit drier and denser. 
  • Don't over mix this. Just mix to combine and get it in the pan and start baking. you want a soft , airy, almost "mousse" like texture to the batter, and overmixing it will deflate that.
  • Feel free to add in chocolate chips or nuts, or dust it with powdered sugar after it cools. Play around with that a bit. 

Pumpkin Cake or Bread Recipe

Let's get baking!

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Pumpkin Cake /Bread

makes 1 cake or 2 loaves.


  • 1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) softened butter (I used  1 stick of butter and 1/4 cup of butter  / olive oil spreadable blend) 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin 100% pure (not pumpkin pie mix) 
  • 2 cups flour (spoon it into your measuring cup to keep it light and airy)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray baking pan (s) with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter & sugar till combined.
  3. add in eggs and  Pumpkin and blend till well combined.
  4. add in dry ingredients  including any optional add in's, and mix just until combined, do not overmix.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan(s) .  if making 2 l oaves of bread, 
  6. divide batter equally between the 2 loaf pans.
  7. Bake cake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Bake bread : 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

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