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Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe

Fresh from reader Leah Grooms' "pumpkin patch", this rich cake's so flavorful it'll dress up any autumn event. What's more, she writes from her Rockingham, North Carolina kitchen, it keeps for days—so you can prepare it prior to your party.—Leah Grooms, Rockingham, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons rum extract
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, soda, salt, cloves and pie spice.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin and rum extract. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin mixture. Pour into a greased and floured 12-cup fluted tube pan.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 80-90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12-16 servings.

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kaulu User ID: 5502175 38208
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Large cake and very moist. My family loved it. The cake has a milder flavor than other pumpkin cakes/breads."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 43635
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"I didn't rate this recipe because I baked it at 350 instead of 325. This might have been why my cake sank in the middle halfway through baking. (I didn't open oven, just looked through the door.) Even so, there might be an error with the amount of rum extract. I only used one tbsp and the flavor was very strong. Maybe it should have been 2 tsp. ??"

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