Pumpkin Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Pumpkin Bread Let’s get serious. This is Pumpkin Pound Cake, not bread. My latest pound cake recipe offers bold fall flavors like pumpkin and maple, layered with thick ribbons of chocolate ganache. Now who wants a slice?

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If it makes you feel better, go ahead and call this pumpkin bread. But we all know the truth…

These tender little loaves made with pumpkin puree, maple syrup, rustic spices and butter, are most definitely pound cake.

I slathered them with decedent chocolate ganache just to prove my point.

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Growing up, I had such internal turmoil over the bread-cake dilemma.

Anytime a relative (or other adult) would serve me a piece of banana “bread” zucchini “bread” or any other such nonsense, I would taste it and immediately mark them as a lier in my mind.

Apparently I was a skeptical little thing.

Yet even as a young child I could tell the difference between cake and bread.

Who were they trying to fool?

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So today, I decided I better stick to my guns over the naming of this recipe and tell you upfront, this is a cake.

Not only is it a cake, it’s a rich buttery pound cake, so moist you could almost squeeze out the pumpkin essence if you tried.

The crumb is extremely fine, because I used Gold Medal Flour, which is always milled to smooth perfection. I also used a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and maple to bring out the best qualities of the pumpkin flavor.

Subtle and sublime.

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You can serve this pumpkin pound cake just like this, or do what I did and blanket it in chocolate.

Why not?

Pumpkin and chocolate work surprisingly well together. The rustic notes of the pumpkin and spice balance the bitter-sweet notes of the chocolate.

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You can spoon the chocolate ganache over the top for messy fun, or get fancy with your piping bag.

Either way, this pound cake recipe is a win-win!

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These little loaves make wonderful edible gifts for the holidays. Try surprising your neighbor with a pumpkin pound cake!

Sometimes a little gesture of goodwill can turn into a lasting relationship.

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Yield: 6 small loaves

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground clove
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate (or chips)
  • 1/2 cup California-made heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 6 small 3X7 loaf pans on a baking sheet (or use 2 large loaf pans.) Spray them thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. Then using an electric mixer and a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy--3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, pumpkin, and maple syrup to the butter mixture and beat until smooth. Then slowly add the four mixture until just combined. Scrape the bowl and beat again.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter into the loaf pans. Bake small loaves for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Bake large loaves for 50-60 minutes.
  5. Allow the loaves to cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes. Then place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and pour the cream over the top. Microwave for 60-90 seconds until the cream is hot. Then allow the chocolate to sit another 2-3 minutes. Stir well to melt all the chocolate chunks into a smooth thick ganache.
  6. Either drizzle the chocolate ganache over the loaves in pans (for gifts) of gently dump the loaves out of the pans and drizzle with ganache to serve.

Disclosure: This recipe is sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. All opinions are always my own.

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49 Responses to “Pumpkin Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache”

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — October 21, 2013 @ 4:26 am

    Awwww. I love the miniature size. So cute. That chocolate and the striking pumpkin colour is just beautiful

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    Betty Lynne — October 21, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    Must make this tonight! Love anything pumpkin — pie, cake, bread, muffins!

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    Jenny Flake — October 21, 2013 @ 6:20 am

    Such a lovely pound cake! Those chocolate drizzles, mmm!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — October 21, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    That pumpkin cake looks so good!

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 21, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    Oh my, that chocolate drizzle! I love this.

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    Darryl C. — October 21, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    Yes I like Gold Medal ORGANIC flour… BUT I just got into grinding my own wheat berries… I learning which will make bread and I need to learn which will make cakes…

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    Mercedes — October 21, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Your batter alone in your photos looks so luscious and rich. I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate so I know I would love this pound cake!

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    Tieghan — October 21, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Such a gorgeous cake, Sommer!! The chocolate drizzle has me sold!!

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    Jeanette — October 21, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    That crumb on your pound cake looks so nice and fine Sommer – love the chocolate drizzle – so hard to resist!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 21, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    pumpkin pound cake? heck yes! that chocolate ganache is the perfect addition to this amazing cake!

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    Chris — October 21, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Love the combination of pumpkin with just a drizzle of chocolate. I’ll have to try that.

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    Aimee — October 21, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Looks perfect, Sommer! These would make lovely gifts, wrapped up in brown paper.

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    Joanne - Inspired Taste — October 21, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love the drizzle on top :)

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — October 21, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Oh yum! I’d love a few slices of this! That drizzle looks so pretty too!

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    RavieNomNoms — October 21, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Oh my heavens!

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    marla — October 21, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    Oh my does this cake look amazing!!

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    naomi — October 21, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    I’m going with pumpkin poundcake – because dang, it’s deliciously rich like one!

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    Amanda — October 21, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Loving the chocolate drizzle!

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    Melanie @ carmelmoments.com — October 21, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Do you have any idea how much I love pumpkin and chocolate!?? This is calling my name!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 21, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Goodness – with that chocolate ganache, how could I resist?!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 21, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Drooling over that chocolate ganache!

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    Julie — October 21, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    I’m a total sucker for a good pound cake. Especially with a little vanilla ice cream…or cinnamon ice cream, with this pumpkin pound cake!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 21, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, Sommer! This is one gorgeous, tempting pumpkin pound cake. I’d love to indulge for breakfast or dessert!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 21, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    This pound cake has my name written all over it!! Love the chocolate drizzle, my nizzle!

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    Heather Christo — October 21, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    ooh-la-la Sommer!!! This looks wonderful!

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    Maria — October 21, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    I want a big fat slice!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 21, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    Yes, I think the same thing about muffins vs cupcakes! They are just cupcakes without the frosting.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 21, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Pumpkin + chocolate is my kinda fall treat. Gorgeous pound cakes!!

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    Deborah — October 22, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    I need this in my life right now!!

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — October 22, 2013 @ 3:48 am

    This pumpkin pound cake looks absolutely delicious, especially with the decadent drizzle of ganache on top. Like you’ve said, these would be the perfect holiday gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 22, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    Gorgeous! I’ve never made a pound cake with pumpkin before! Bread definitely, but not cake :) The drizzle of ganache definitely takes it over the top. Love it Sommer!

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    Carolyn — October 22, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    So flippin’ gorgeous…and I have no issues calling it cake!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — October 22, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    This looks absolutely PERFECT, Sommer! I can practically taste how moist and flavorful it is!

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    Gaby — October 22, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    stunning! love this

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.al — October 22, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    This is on my to-make list!

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — October 22, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Oh my goodness this cake looks amazing!

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    Marly — October 24, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    This pumpkin pound cake looks fabulous! And the chocolate drizzle gives it that dramatic flair that makes me want to lick the screen!!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — October 24, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Oh mah lawd, your pound cake looks incredible, especially smothered in that thick, creamy ganache. Must.make.immediately!

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    ashley - Baker by Nature — October 28, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Pumpkin pound cake?! Giiiiiiirl! Count me in.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 29, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    This looks divine, I love ganache :)

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    Jessica - The Novice Chef — October 29, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    This sounds amazing Sommer!!

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    Has anyone eactually tried the receipe and tasted it?????? — October 31, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    Lots of looks but who has made it and liked it???

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    Rachel @ the dessert chronicles — November 4, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    I have never tried pumpkin pound cake but it is an awesome idea. LOVE the chocolate drizzle on top. Pumpkin and chocolate make me so happy!

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    Amy@Little Dairy on the Prairie — November 8, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Call it cake…call it bread, either way I say you can’t go wrong with chocolate and pumpkin!

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    Silvana — November 24, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Could I substitute some of that sugar for honey? Plus, how much would work if I could?

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