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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 pumpkin pound cake.

I slathered them with decadent 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 liar 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 pumpkin 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 pumpkin pound cake 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.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Yield: 6 small loaves

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 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


  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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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

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51 Responses to “Pumpkin Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache”

  1. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Bakerposted October 21, 2013 at 4:26 am

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


  2. Betty Lynneposted October 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

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


  3. Jenny Flakeposted October 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

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


  4. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 21, 2013 at 6:34 am

    That pumpkin cake looks so good!


  5. Ali @ Inspiralizedposted October 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Oh my, that chocolate drizzle! I love this.


  6. Darryl C.posted October 21, 2013 at 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…


  7. Mercedesposted October 21, 2013 at 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!


  8. Tieghanposted October 21, 2013 at 7:13 am

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


  9. Jeanetteposted October 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

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


  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

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


  11. Chrisposted October 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

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


  12. Aimeeposted October 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

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


  13. Joanne - Inspired Tasteposted October 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

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


  14. Marian (Sweetopia)posted October 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

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


  15. RavieNomNomsposted October 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Oh my heavens!


  16. marlaposted October 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oh my does this cake look amazing!!


  17. naomiposted October 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

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


  18. Amandaposted October 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Loving the chocolate drizzle!


  19. Melanie @ carmelmoments.composted October 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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


  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted October 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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


  21. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted October 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Drooling over that chocolate ganache!


  22. Julieposted October 21, 2013 at 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!


  23. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted October 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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


  24. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted October 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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


  25. Heather Christoposted October 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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


  26. Mariaposted October 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I want a big fat slice!


  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted October 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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


  28. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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


  29. Deborahposted October 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I need this in my life right now!!


  30. Jamie@Milk N Cookiesposted October 22, 2013 at 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!


  31. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)posted October 22, 2013 at 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!


  32. Carolynposted October 22, 2013 at 7:48 am

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


  33. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted October 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

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


  34. Gabyposted October 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

    stunning! love this


  35. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted October 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    This is on my to-make list!


  36. Alicia@ eco friendly homemakingposted October 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Oh my goodness this cake looks amazing!


  37. Marlyposted October 24, 2013 at 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!!


  38. Nancy @ gottagetbakedposted October 24, 2013 at 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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  40. ashley - Baker by Natureposted October 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Pumpkin pound cake?! Giiiiiiirl! Count me in.


  41. Nutmeg Nannyposted October 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This looks divine, I love ganache :)


  42. Jessica - The Novice Chefposted October 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This sounds amazing Sommer!!


  43. Has anyone eactually tried the receipe and tasted it??????posted October 31, 2013 at 6:46 am

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


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  45. Rachel @ the dessert chroniclesposted November 4, 2013 at 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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  47. Amy@Little Dairy on the Prairieposted November 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

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


  48. Silvanaposted November 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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


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  51. Kristenposted October 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Where do you get the bread pans? they look disposable? Thanks in advance.


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