Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


2 loaves (16 slices each)

Updated: Dec. 22, 2023
Skip the line and bake Starbucks's pumpkin bread in your own kitchen. This copycat recipe is better than the original! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, honey and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture.
  2. Transfer to 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle tops with pumpkin seeds.
  3. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Tips

Why does my pumpkin bread sink in the middle?

If pumpkin bread is sinking in the middle, that probably means either you let the batter stand for too long before baking or the bread is underdone. Here's how to fix undercooked bread if you're stuck with a sinking middle.

Can you make dairy-free pumpkin bread?

Yes, you can make it dairy-free! Here's our favorite dairy-free pumpkin bread recipe to follow.

How do you store pumpkin bread?

To store pumpkin bread (and keep it ultra moist), wrap it tightly and place it in the refrigerator. It'll keep for up to a week. If you'd like to enjoy it for even longer, you can freeze pumpkin bread for up to 3 months.

What else can I add to pumpkin bread?

Numerous mix-ins work well with pumpkin bread. We recommend adding chocolate chips (as in this chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe) or nuts and fruit (as in this cranberry pumpkin bread recipe). Check out these other pumpkin bread ideas for inspiration.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 202 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.