Pumpkin Gingerbread

Top with homemade caramel sauce and this Pumpkin Gingerbread is reminiscent of a decadent Christmas cake.

Pumpkin Gingerbread
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • cup butter

  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

  • ¾ cup buttermilk (or sour milk)*

  • ½ cup molasses

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin

  • 1 egg

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 recipe Caramel Sauce, recipe below (optional)

  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

  • Chopped pecans (optional)

Caramel Sauce

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon light-colored corn syrup

  • ½ cup whipping cream


  1. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the 3/4 cup pecans. Press 1-1/4 cups of the crumb mixture into bottom of an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish. To remaining crumb mixture, add buttermilk, molasses, pumpkin, egg, ginger, soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; mix well. Pour over crumb mixture in baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 50 minutes or until center tests done. Cool 30 minutes. Serve warm with Caramel Sauce, if desired. Top with ice cream and additional pecans, if desired. Makes 9 servings.

Caramel Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir until boiling. Stir in whipping cream; return to boiling. Serve warm.


To make sour milk, place 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup total liquid; stir. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.

Dietary exchanges:

2 starch, 1 fruit, 4 fat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
21g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Protein 5g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.