Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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A friend of mine graciously shared her "secret recipe" for this bread with me. It's become such a family favorite that I'm not allowed to enter my family's get-togethers without this bread in hand!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 178 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine dry ingredients; gradually stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Beat in pumpkin.
  2. Transfer to two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as Pumpkin Bread in Cookin' Up Country Breakfasts Cookbook 1994, p64

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Loiscooks 235152
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"Very, very good. I cut the nutmeg to 1 tsp and added a slight amount of ginger. I also cut the sugar down to 2 cups and added chopped pecans. This bread is delicious. I will definitely make this again."

sheyduk 40234
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Use this all the time, the kids love it."

mollysmom1026 19867
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"This is the BEST pumpkin bread I have ever made! Moist, sweet, yummy! I'm definitely going to make this many more times!"

BruceAndSuz 44421
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"I've made this several times now and it's an awesome recipe. I used it through the holiday season for friends, family and church. Thanks for submitting this recipe :)"

Sarahmom1978 20158
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Easy to make and tastes yummy, but I would decrease the sugar content next time. The bread is a little too sweet for me, but I would definitely bake this again."

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