Rating: 4 stars
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4

This classic quick bread is incredible on its own with breakfast or as a snack -- or transform it into dessert with a dollop of cocoa-spice frosting.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

25 mins
55 mins
10 mins
1 hr 30 mins
2 loaves (32 servings)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of two 9x5x3-inch, three 8x4x2-inch, or four 7 1/2x3 1/2x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking soda, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.

  • In an extra-large mixing bowl beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs; beat well. Alternately add flour mixture and the water to egg mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pans, spreading evenly.

  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes for 9x5-inch loaves, 45 to 50 minutes for 8x4-inch loaves, 40 to 45 minutes for 7 1/2x3-inch loaves, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean.

  • Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight.

  • For cocoa-spice frosting, in a small mixing bowl beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar, the cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, coffee powder, and vanilla until combined. Beat in the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach spreading consistency. Spread the tops of loaves with cocoa-spice frosting before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

198 calories; fat 8g; cholesterol 26mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 31g; mono fat 5g; poly fat 2g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 20g; protein 2g; vitamin a 2040.8IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.8mg; folate 28.2mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 200mg; potassium 65mg; calcium 20.2mg; iron 1.1mg.