A Fall Treat for Your Taste Buds: Pumpkin Loaf with Cream Cheese Swirl


Treat your taste buds to Pumpkin Loaf with Cream Cheese Swirl. . .a moist, spiced pumpkin cake with a tangy cream cheese layer, perfect for a fall morning, Thanksgiving weekend, or as afternoon treat with a cuppa!


I’ve made this pumpkin loaf several times this fall and finally got around to photographing it to share. I highly recommend this recipe if you like pumpkin spice and have a cup of pumpkin puree left over from an open can. I used a Nordic Ware Harvest Bounty Loaf Pan that I found at HomeGoods in September. I always love checking out the baking section at HomeGoods and found it for $19, substantially less than at kitchen stores or on Amazon. It’s a 6 cup loaf pan so feel free to make this delicious loaf in your equivalent size pan.

Pumpkin Loaf with Cream Cheese Swirl, recipe courtesy Nordic Ware

Pumpkin Loaf Ingredients

 1 1/2 cups flour

 1 tsp baking soda

 1 tsp ground cinnamon

 1/2 tsp ground ginger

 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

 1/2 tsp salt

 1 1/2 cup sugar

 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

 2 eggs

 1 tsp vanilla

 1/2 cup melted butter

 1/4 cup milk

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

 1/2 cup sour cream

 1/4 cup sugar

 4 oz. cream cheese, softened

 1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 6 cup loaf pan with baking spray containing flour (or brush with butter or shortening and dust with flour or cocoa to coat). Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt and set aside. Thoroughly mix sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, butter and milk in a mixing bowl. Slowly add dry ingredients and combine. In another small bowl, combine filling ingredients. Pour half of pumpkin batter in pan. With a spoon, make an indentation in the center of the batter. Pour the cream cheese filling in the center of the indentation. Then pour in the remaining pumpkin batter. Tap gently on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for *50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let loaf cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.


Notes: *Ovens vary, my loaf took about and 1 hour and 10 minutes each time I made it. Cover with foil during last minutes of baking time to prevent overbrowning if necessary.

Loaf cake will rise above level of pan. Place cake on piece of parchment on cooling rack so it’s easy to remove and trim after cooling to sit level. Alternatively fill pan 3/4 full and bake remaining batter in a small ramekin.


This pumpkin loaf is delicious any time you slice it!

I do my photographing on a table on the porch for the best light.

Lola likes supervising and loves all things pumpkin, especially pumpkin stems.

She hopes you enjoy this delicious loaf!

Nordic Ware Harvest Bounty Loaf Pan / HomeGoods

pumpkin teacup and teapot / Grace’s Teaware, HomeGoods, last year

Pumpkin wood board / HomeGoods, last year

Kitchen dish towel / Michel Design Works, Pumpkin Melody, Amazon

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  41 comments for “A Fall Treat for Your Taste Buds: Pumpkin Loaf with Cream Cheese Swirl

  1. Linda
    November 6, 2018 at 8:30 am

    This cake looks so yummy ! Lola is adorable ! I hope u don’t ever trim her. I love her teddy bear look. So sweet ! 🐾🐾🐾

  2. Rita C.
    November 6, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Not only sounds good, but looks beautiful!

  3. November 6, 2018 at 8:44 am

    This loaf looks beautiful and delicious! But the star of the show is the darling little punkin’ who is supervising the photo shoot! Thank you for the yummy recipe.

  4. Sandi
    November 6, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I love waking up to your gloriously gorgeous photos. Thank you and please know how much you are appreciated!

  5. Deb
    November 6, 2018 at 8:45 am

    This looks SO good and moist Mary! I have a fall loaf pan that I need to the blow the dust off of and make this recipe. Lola is adorable!

  6. November 6, 2018 at 9:01 am

    What a little cutie and adorable supervisor! You pumpkin loaf looks delicious too!

  7. November 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Oh to have a slice (or two :) of that pumpkin loaf this morning! Great photos and of your sweet supervisor too. <3

  8. November 6, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Oh that pan is adorable Mary! What a perfectly pumpkin fall tasty treat! Lola has stolen my heart {yours too I’m sure!} she is such a little fluff ball, sometimes she looks more like a stuffed animal than a real dog!

  9. Ann Woleben
    November 6, 2018 at 9:28 am


  10. November 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Mary, could you send me a slice to enjoy with my coffee this morning? This pumpkin loaf looks so moist and delicious. Lola is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe🧡🍁🧡

  11. Sharon
    November 6, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I can’t wait to make this pumpkin loaf. I’m going to HomeGoods tomorrow to hopefully find the beautiful loaf pan!!!

  12. Granny Gay
    November 6, 2018 at 9:51 am

    “What ever Lola wants…Lola gets…”…and why not..? She is adorable with those little puppy-dog eyes. The cake is gorgeous and I’m sure it is tasty, too. Savin’ the recipe for future use…thanks so much for sharing…

  13. November 6, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I’m loving your little supervisor, Mary! How cute is Lola in checking things out?! We both made cream cheese loaves this week!! I love it, don’t you? Your cream cheese filling is a little different, and one that I’d like to try next time. Your new loaf pan is so pretty, and I used my autumn treats pan that I found at Home Goods, too. I guess we both like to find bargains there. I don’t need any more pans, but I have a weakness…ha ha! I so love that wooden pumpkin platter. I can see using that for so many things. I hope you and your pups have a fun day!

  14. Karenann S.
    November 6, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Your pumpkin loaf looks amazing! I am definitely going to try making it! And supervisor Lola is the most wonderful supervisor I’ve ever seen!!!! She melts my heart!

  15. Theresa Keller
    November 6, 2018 at 10:04 am

    This looks delicious and Lola is adorable! Have a good week!

  16. November 6, 2018 at 11:12 am

    OMG, this looks so good!!

  17. Janice Baxter
    November 6, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Lola looks like a teddy bear – so adorable!

  18. Camille morgan
    November 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Looks and sounds yummy. Sometimes I cannot finds pumpkin purée only canned pumpkin. So do you put it in a blender?

    • November 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Camille, sometimes it’s labeled purée and sometimes it say canned pumpkin. They’re interchangeable. 😀

  19. Karen
    November 6, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Lola is too precious! And that cake looks SO delicious!

  20. November 6, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Oh doesn’t this look delicious!

    Lola is toooooo adorable!

  21. Linda Cunningham
    November 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Mary, You never disappoint us, this looks Yummy. Thanks for sharing, cant wait to make and share.

  22. November 6, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Sure sounds good Mary! And it’s the perfect size for my Twas the Night Before Christmas Santa loaf pan too:@)

  23. Sue
    November 6, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe and I always love your puppy pics!

  24. November 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    That looks delicious! I’ll have to give it a try as I love pumpkin. I also love that teacup and teapot! So cute!
    Have a great week.

  25. November 6, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    How do you get anything done with all that help. The cake looks nummy and so does Lola…lol. Great post!

  26. November 7, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Mary, this post is full of eye candy for this autumn loving girl. Loving the pumpkin goodness from the delicious cake to the delights from Grace Teaware. I have several of the white sculptural teapots, and this one is calling my name.
    As wonderful as it all is though, Miss Lola pretty much steals the show!!!

  27. November 7, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Looks so beautiful with that ribbon of extra flavor! So eager for a fall rainy day to stay indoors and bake, we are still sunny and warm day in and day out, still living outdoors and can’t switch to an indoor mode. 🍁🍂🌞 … but when I do this is on my list!

  28. Dorinda Selke
    November 7, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Hi Mary

    Making this delicious-looking pumpkin bread today to have with our tea tonight.

    One of my favorite times of the year as I love to go through all the recipes.

    Hugs, Dorinda

  29. Cyndi Raines
    November 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Am pinning this for sure, it looks delish and that cake pan is awesome. Lola is SO cute! Love her big fluffy paws, sweet ears, darling eyes – love all of her! I agree with the comment above, I hope you keep her wooly! Lol

  30. November 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    The pumpkin loaf looks amazing Mary….Love that loaf pan too!….and you never realize how tiny Lola is until you see her with that cup of tea which is almost as big is her cute little head!

  31. Gayla Pappenfoht
    November 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Beautiful bread. You might think it would steal the show…. but not with Lola!

  32. November 8, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Wow, I love your new pan! That recipe looks fabulous. I love all things pumpkin and adding cream cheese all the better. Lovely presentation and assistant!

  33. November 10, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Made this yesterday, beautiful and delish! 😍

  34. Daryl Byets
    November 11, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Where did you find the loaf pan??? It’s adorable!

    • November 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

      I found it at HomeGoods in September 🍂🍁🌾

  35. Cj
    November 12, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    The dessert looks amazing. What type of dog is Lola? She looks like my Coton

    • November 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks, she’s a Bichon 🐾

  36. Linda L Hovgaard
    November 15, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I would enjoy my pumpkin loaf with Lola anyday!!!!!

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