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Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Praline Sauce

My family’s favorite holiday dessert is a real Southern treat. A warm praline sauce and sprinkling of pecans make each small pound cake even more decadent. —Diane Roark, Conway, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min + cooling
  • Makes
    6 loaves (3 slices each)


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, beat the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, oil and butter until well blended. Gradually stir into dry ingredients just until blended.
  • Transfer to six greased and floured 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cakes; top with pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 399 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • caitlin
    Oct 25, 2020

    AMAZING!!!! The praline sauce is everything. I have baked quite a few things in my short life (24 yrs) and this ranks among the best. Everyone in my family raved. btw, I made 6 mini loaves and they took around 35 minutes which was 10-15 more than the recipe suggests.

  • Therese
    Dec 27, 2018

    Tastes amazing! However, if you are baking it with a normal sized bread pan (about the size of half a loaf of bread you can get from the store), go up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for a half hour and it should come out great!

  • Beth
    Nov 3, 2017

    I have been making this for years. It's great with the praline sauce but I find it doesn't need it and top with a bit of sifted powdered sugar upon serving. I double the spices and remove a 1/2 cup of pumpkin for applesauce instead. Also, needs a lot more baking time! My thick loaves go about 50 minutes. It's a great and easy recipe and usually when I make it I double the whole recipe. It keeps FOREVER.

  • scrapngirl
    Oct 20, 2013

    Yummy!! Very easy to make. However it did require more baking time between 35-40 minutes. The sauce was awesome on the bread. Glad I have 4 more to eat!!