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

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

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51 comments on “Pumpkin Pound Cake with Chocolate Ganache

  1. Louposted November 19, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply

    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?

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted November 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply

      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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  5. [email protected] Dairy on the Prairieposted November 8, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply

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

    Rating: 5
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  7. Rachel @ the dessert chroniclesposted November 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
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  9. Jessica - The Novice Chefposted October 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing Sommer!!

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

    This looks divine, I love ganache :)

  11. ashley - Baker by Natureposted October 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Pumpkin pound cake?! Giiiiiiirl! Count me in.

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  13. Nancy @ gottagetbakedposted October 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

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

  14. Marlyposted October 24, 2013 at 10:08 am Reply

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

  15. [email protected] eco friendly homemakingposted October 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness this cake is amazing!

    Rating: 5
  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted October 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply

    This is on my to-make list!

  17. Gabyposted October 22, 2013 at 11:14 am Reply

    stunning! love this

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

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

  19. Carolynposted October 22, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

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

  20. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)posted October 22, 2013 at 7:04 am Reply

    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!

  21. [email protected] N Cookiesposted October 22, 2013 at 3:48 am Reply

    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!

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

    I need this in my life right now!!

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

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

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

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

  25. Mariaposted October 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm Reply

    I want a big fat slice!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  29. Julieposted October 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    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!

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

    Drooling over that chocolate ganache!

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

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

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

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

  33. Amandaposted October 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply

    Loving the chocolate drizzle!

  34. naomiposted October 21, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply

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

  35. marlaposted October 21, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    Oh my does this cake look amazing!!

  36. RavieNomNomsposted October 21, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    Oh my heavens!

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

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

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

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

  39. Aimeeposted October 21, 2013 at 8:35 am Reply

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

  40. Chrisposted October 21, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

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

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

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

  42. Jeanetteposted October 21, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply

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

  43. Tieghanposted October 21, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

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

  44. Mercedesposted October 21, 2013 at 7:13 am Reply

    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!

  45. Darryl C.posted October 21, 2013 at 6:56 am Reply

    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…

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

    Oh my, that chocolate drizzle! I love this.

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

    That pumpkin cake looks so good!

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

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

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

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

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

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