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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.

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Pumpkin Pound Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
This pound cake recipe offers bold fall flavors like pumpkin and maple, layered with thick ribbons of chocolate ganache. 
Servings: 6 small loaves


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 161kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 109mg, Potassium: 108mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 1680IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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

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53 comments on “Pumpkin Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache”

  1. where can I find the little loaf pans seen in your pics?? adorable.
    Thank you. This recipe is definitely on my “bucket” list for the upcoming months.
    found this while searching for peach pie/ cake recipes,, found your green chile pepper peach cake… to say YUMMM DILLY ISHOUS !!!!!!! barely begins to taste it. cant wait to try more of your majical treats. Thank you , thank you

  2. I made this last year and it was fabulous.  this year i wanted to try something different and wondered if sweet potato puree would work instead of pumpkin?

    • Hi Lou,

      Absolutely! Just make sure the sweet potato puree is about the same consistency as canned pumpkin puree. Sweet potatoes are starchier than pumpkin, so you might need to add some water. Happy baking! :)

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

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  8. 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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  10. This looks divine, I love ganache :)

  11. Pumpkin pound cake?! Giiiiiiirl! Count me in.

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

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

  15. Oh my goodness this cake is amazing!

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. I need this in my life right now!!

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

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

  23. I want a big fat slice!

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

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. Drooling over that chocolate ganache!

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

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

  31. Loving the chocolate drizzle!

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

  33. Oh my does this cake look amazing!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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…

  43. Oh my, that chocolate drizzle! I love this.

  44. That pumpkin cake looks so good!

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

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

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