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Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Moist spiced loaf cake made with pumpkin puree, topped with cream cheese frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 433kcal
Author thebakingexplorer


For the loaf cake

  • 200 g Light brown soft sugar
  • 100 g Vegetable oil
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 200 g Pumpkin puree
  • 225 g Self raising flour
  • ¼ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Ground ginger

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 90 g Butter unsalted, softened
  • 90 g Icing sugar
  • 180 g Full fat cream cheese I use Philadelphia
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla extract


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
  • Mix together the light brown sugar and vegetable oil using a hand whisk, until combined
  • Add the pumpkin puree and eggs, and whisk in
  • Add the self raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and all of the spices and whisk in
  • Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for an hour, or until a thin skewer or cocktail stick inserted in the centre comes out clean, I usually check it after 45 minutes. Leave to cool fully either in the tin, or remove from the tin and leaving to cool on a cooling rack
  • To make the cream cheese frosting, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until smooth. Then mix in the icing sugar until the mixture is smooth and combined
  • Next, add the cream cheese and the vanilla extract and mix in until the frosting is thick and smooth - this won't take very long so be careful not to over mix
  • Pipe or spread the frosting over the cooled cake and add sprinkles or other decorations, or leave plain if you prefer
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3 days



Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger.
If you live in a country where pumpkin spice mix is readily available, you can swap the spices listed in the recipe for 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix.


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 3653IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg