Pumpkin Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce Recipe
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Pumpkin Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce Recipe

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Instead of making ordinary gingerbread, I like to rely on this dressed-up version. The pumpkin gingerbread features a nutty crust and delicious caramel sauce.—Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 9 pecan halves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 681 calories, 37 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 106 mg cholesterol, 512 mg sodium, 85 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Combine the egg, buttermilk, pumpkin and molasses; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened. Stir in chopped pecans.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. For sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and corn syrup; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in cream. Return to a boil; remove from the heat. Serve with warm gingerbread. Top with pecan halves if desired. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p106

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I may be dense, but I do not see any crust on this cake. In the author's note she says "the gingerbread features a nutty crust" and in the picture I have in my files there is clearly a crust layer on the bottom of the gingerbread. So how does this miracle occur?"

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