Pumpkin Gingerbread with Seedy Streusel


Pumpkin bread meets gingerbread in this tender cake made with three kinds of ginger--fresh, ground, and crystallized.

Pumpkin Gingerbread with Seedy Streusel
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 1 ⅓ cup plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 6 tablespoon black and/or white sesame seeds

  • ¼ cup chopped crystallized ginger

  • 3 tablespoon raw pepitas

  • 2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut up

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

  2. For streusel: In a medium bowl combine the 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the sesame seeds, crystallized ginger, pepitas, 1 tsp. of the ground ginger, 1 tsp. of the cinnamon, and a pinch salt. Work in butter until incorporated and mixture starts to hold together. Press some of the streusel into large chunks.

  3. In a large bowl combine remaining 1 1/3 cups flour and 2 Tbsp. ground ginger, the baking powder, remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon, the baking soda, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, the nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom.

  4. In a medium bowl whisk together pumpkin, oil, brown sugar, remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the eggs, and fresh ginger. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well mixed.

  5. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with streusel. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean; let cool. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
18g Fat
39g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Potassium 152mg 3%
Folate, total 41.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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.

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