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Iced Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Made from scratch iced pumpkin spice loaf with homemade caramel icing and garnished with chopped pecans.

Pumpkin Quick Bread

It only takes about 10 minutes to combine the ingredients for this recipe and it takes very little work to achieve flavorful and moist results.

A whole iced pumpkin spice loaf garnished with chopped pecans.

This recipe has brown sugar as well as granulated sugar to make the bread denser and bring out more flavor. Room temperature eggs are also used to produce fluffy and airy bread.

Two loaf pans are needed to make this recipe and it’s best to grease them, even if they’re nonstick. I always go one extra step and lightly flour them once they are greased. It’s frustrating to try and remove a stuck bread loaf from the pan – taking the extra step is worth it.

A cut pumpkin spice loaf glazed and topped with chopped pecans.

Caramel Icing

This pumpkin spice loaf is iced with a homemade caramel icing. It only takes 4 ingredients to make this on the stovetop and the time it takes is less than 15 minutes.

Sweetened condensed milk is added to a saucepan and brown sugar is melted down. That is allowed to simmer (on low) for about 5 minutes and then it removed from heat.

Once the sugar has broken down and the saucepan is removed from the heat, the unsalted butter and vanilla extract are then stirred in.

It’s important to allow the icing to cool down so that it can thicken. Instead of sliding off the pumpkin loaves, the icing will slowly creep over the top of the loaves and down the sides.

Crushed pecans sprinkled on top of the caramel icing before it dries not only makes it more presentable but it also brings a nutty flavor that balances the pumpkin loaf well.

A completely glazed pumpkin spice loaf garnished with chipped pecans.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Loaf – Perfect Fall Dessert

Pumpkin is one of the most popular flavors of Fall and pumpkin spice is just as popular. Homemade pumpkin spice is used in this recipe as well as real pumpkin puree. When making this recipe, make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling – they’re not the same.

These iced pumpkin spice loaves are a great addition to any Fall potluck or office party. Each bread loaf can be sliced into 12 pieces comfortably.

This bread is also great for gift-giving! It’s full of well-balanced flavors and the sheen that the caramel icing makes this not so exciting looking bread an enticing look. The chopped pecans kick the flavor up a notch and adds a crunch.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Iced Pumpkin Spice Loaf

Yield: 10 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Made from scratch pumpkin loaf iced with homemade caramel icing and garnished with chopped pecans.


  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 15 oz pure pumpkin
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup water

Caramel Icing


Pumpkin Spice Loaf

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and grease two loaf pans.
  2. Beat together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and room temperature eggs.
  3. Beat in the pure pumpkin
  4. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  5. Beat in half of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, add half of the water.
  6. Repeat with remaining flour and water. Careful not to overmix.
  7. Divide the batter equally between the two loaf pans.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick for doneness.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the loaf pans.
  10. Once the loaves are completely cool, pour caramel icing on top and garnish with pecans if desired.

Caramel Icing

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar.
  2. Bring to a low simmer (do not boil) for about 5 minutes. Stir constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat and add in the vanilla extract and butter.
  4. Stir to melt the butter and allow it to melt.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool. It will thicken as it sits.


Place parchment paper under the loaves with pouring the icing for easy cleanup.

Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 3.7gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 91.5gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 61.3gProtein: 8.7g

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