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Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake

This Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake is made with a rich, buttery batter of pumpkin, buttermilk, and warm fall spices, and topped with a sweetened buttermilk glaze. It’s my top choice for an autumn pumpkin dessert recipe!

I’m trying to think if I’ve ever known a person who didn’t like pound cake. Hmmm…nope, can’t think of a single one. Because really, what’s not to like about pound cake? It’s rich, it’s buttery, it’s just delicious.

Pumpkin Pound Cake on a wooden board with a spoon and serving plates.

🤔 Why is it Called “Pound Cake?”

Pound cake got its name from the old method of using a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, and a pound of eggs for the batter. Can you imagine what a huge cake that made? I’m not really sure how they baked those monstrous cakes much less lifted them out of the oven.

Today’s pound cakes are still true to the basic ingredients, but much lighter in weight and volume. And there’s an endless variety of them, too. I’ve had coconut pound cakes, sour cream pound cakes, chocolate pound cakes…you name it and you can probably flavor a pound cake with it.

I have a fantastic Never Fail Pound Cake recipe that I always use for plain pound cakes. That recipe makes a great cake, but with the fall season starting, I really wanted something with warm spice and pumpkin flavors. This wonderful Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake satisfied that craving very well.

😉 I Think They Liked It :-)

BeeBop and I enjoyed several slices of this and then I sent the rest to his office. Apparently, it went over really well. Here’s the text of an email I received from one of his co-workers that day:

“Lana-We have your husband. Do exactly as instructed and no one gets hurt. The recipe to the Pumpkin Pound Cake must be in our hands before 4:30 PM today. Do not attempt to contact the authorities. If the recipe is not in our hands by 4:30 today you can expect to start receiving individual strands of Bill’s hair. Do not test us – we are not afraid to make him completely bald, one hair at a time.”

Thanks y’all. You gave me the best laugh I’ve enjoyed in quite a while. So here, in answer to those demands, is “the recipe.”

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This is the perfect fall cake recipe, full of those pumpkin and autumn flavors.
  • Really, it’s so buttery and rich it would make a great cake any time of year.
  • The simplicity of this recipe will have it come out perfect every time.

🛒 Ingredient Notes

The complete ingredient list with detailed measurements is included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

🥄 How to Make Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake

Start by preheating your oven to 350. Then grease and flour a 10-inch tube or bundt pan. Set that aside for now.

Drain the Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin draining on paper towels.

Drain the canned pumpkin. This step is necessary to keep the cake from being too wet and heavy.

👉 PRO TIP: The easiest way to drain the pumpkin is to spread it out on a double thickness of paper towels. Then cover it with another double thickness of paper towels, gently press those down, and leave it for about 10 minutes. Scrape the drained pumpkin into a little bowl.

Cream the Butter and Sugar

Left: Butter and sugars in a mixing bowl; Right: Butter and sugars creamed together.

Put the white and brown sugars along with the butter into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for about 3 minutes or until well blended.

Add the Eggs

Left: Eggs being dropped into the running mixer; Right: Batter after adding eggs.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.

👉 PRO TIP: To facilitate adding the eggs to the batter, crack all the eggs into a small bowl. Pour one egg at a time from the bowl into the batter making sure each is incorporated well before adding the next.

Add the Pumpkin

Left: Pumpkin puree being added to the batter; Right: Appearance of batter after adding pumpkin puree.

Beat in the pumpkin and vanilla.

👉 PRO TIP: Notice how the batter gets a grainy look after adding the pumpkin? Don’t worry, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to look like.

Add the Dry Ingredients and Buttermilk

Measure the flour by lightly spooning it into a dry measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife. Mix the flour, spice, baking powder, soda, and salt with a whisk or fork so that it is evenly combined.


About the spices: Pumpkin pie spice is a very convenient spice mix available in every grocery store this time of year. You can spend about $4.00 for approximately one ounce of it, or you can easily make your own.

To make your own, combine 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves. Mix well and store in an airtight container. You’ll use 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mixture where called for in this recipe.

Top: Flour being added to the running mixer; Bottom: Buttermilk being added to the running mixer.

Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.

👉 PRO TIP: To make it easy, I add 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the buttermilk, 1/3 of the flour, the remaining buttermilk, then the remaining 1/3 of the flour. It doesn’t have to be perfectly even amounts, just your best estimate.

Pour the Batter into the Pan

Tube pan filled with pumpkin pound cake batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick or thin wooden skewer inserted halfway between the outer edge and the center comes out clean.

Finished cake cooling on a rack.

Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

Make the Glaze

The make the glaze, combine the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and drizzle the glaze over the cake.

By the way, this is a fantastic glaze for any pound cake recipe.

🍚 Storing and Freezing

This cake will keep very well at room temperature for at least a week in a sealed, covered container. To freeze, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and follow that with a wrapping of aluminum foil. Place the wrapped cake in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

❓ Questions About Pumpkin Pound Cake

Are pumpkin puree and canned pumpkin the same thing?

Yes. Some brands call the product “pumpkin puree” and some call it simply “canned pumpkin.” It’s the same thing. Neither of those, however, are pumpkin pie mix that contains sweeteners and spices. You’ll use just plain pumpkin puree in this recipe.

Can I use fresh pumpkin for this recipe?

Sure! If you want to use fresh pumpkin, it will need to be cooked first. Cut your pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and pulp and place it on a baking sheet or in a baking pan. Cook at 325 degrees for about one hour or until tender.

My cake cracked on top! What did I do wrong?

Nothing. You did absolutely nothing wrong. It’s just the nature of pound cakes to crack on top. Just consider it part of its charm.

Lana Stuart.

Questions? I’m happy to help!

If you have more questions about the recipe, or if you’ve made it and would like to leave a comment, scroll down to leave your thoughts, questions, and/or rating!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Pumpkin Pound Cake on a wooden board with a spoon and serving plates.

Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake

This Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake is made with a rich, buttery batter of pumpkin and warm fall spices, topped with a sweetened buttermilk glaze.
4.95 from 19 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


For the Cake:

  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk

For the Glaze:

  • cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch tube or bundt pan.
  • Drain the pumpkin by spreading over two layers of paper towels. Cover with two additional layers of paper towels and let stand for about 10 minutes. Scrape the drained pumpkin into a bowl.
  • Add the sugar, dark brown sugar and butter to a large bowl.
  • Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes or until well blended.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Beat in the pumpkin and vanilla.
  • Measure the flour by lightly spooning into a dry measure cup and leveling with a knife.
  • Using a whisk or fork, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tube or bundt pan.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cake from the pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  • To prepare the glaze, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and drizzle over cake.


  • To facilitate adding the eggs to the batter, crack all the eggs into a small bowl. Pour one egg at a time from the bowl into the batter making sure each is incorporated well before adding the next.
  • To make adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk easy, add 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the buttermilk, 1/3 of the flour, the remaining buttermilk, then the remaining 1/3 of the flour.
  • Store in a sealed container at room temperature.
  • May be frozen, well-wrapped and placed in a freezer container, for up to three months.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 274kcal | Carbohydrates 44g | Protein 5g | Fat 9g | Saturated Fat 5g | Cholesterol 62mg | Sodium 253mg | Potassium 131mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 24g | Vitamin A 4444IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 64mg | Iron 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe exactly. I will make this often. Not too sweet. Perfectly dense cake. Perfect pumpkin flavor. Great with coffee. And it was easy to put together. Thanks for sharing this lovely cake recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Turned out great! I think I’ll make it again, but add a little more pumpkin spice. I loved the texture and how dense it was. The glaze was a new technique for me and I really enjoyed the flavor! Great recipe!

    1. So glad you iiked it. And you can adjust the spice to suit your tastes, of course.

  3. This was SO delicious! Make sure that you don’t use pumpkin ‘pie filling’, …. use plan ‘canned pumpkin’ The flavor of this Pound Cake was incredible! I baked it in my Bundt pan. The glaze was VERY tasty. I’m keeping this recipe.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      So glad you liked it, Angelina!

  4. OOOOOH…. I am SO making this today. The tip about getting excess water out of the pumpkin is absolute genius. How in the world did you know to do that?

    Miss P

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I don’t know, but it works really well!

  5. Searched for nearly an hour for a pumpkin pound cake that I wanted to bake. This was it!! I just took it out of the oven and it looks almost exactly like your picture. Smells Delish! Can’t wait to try it. I will update post once we cut into it. Thank You!!

  6. Oh goodness, I thought I was the only one that slathered a slice of pound cake and toasted it. Sometimes I sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on the butter.

  7. I love pound cake and this one looks wonderful.

  8. I just made this cake. It smells wonderful, but after I took it out of the oven it dropped a couple of inches in height! I bake quite often (lots of pound cakes) and this has never happened. It looks a little short, but I am hoping it will still be tasty! Any thoughts on what happened?

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Wow Jen, I know that’s really disappointing! I’m at a loss because this is one of my most dependable recipes. I’ve never had it fall. It always stays just as tall after cooling as it was when I took it out of the oven. You know there are so many reasons a cake can fall – old levening, uneven or unreliable oven temperature, even the weather. With this cake, another possibility would be that you might not have drained the pumpkin enough and the batter was too wet.

  9. Do you have to use buttermilk? I wanted to make this to bring for my husband’s Christmas party. I only have 2% milk and don’t know how that would work with the vinegar to make buttermilk.

    1. I’d really recommend buttermilk for this, Kristen.

  10. Lana – Your recipe sounds yummy and your husband’s co-workers are a laugh riot! Thanks. I needed that. But the reason for my note is to find out if this recipe can be made successfully in loaf pans. I don’t have the round pan you call for. TIA for any and all assistance. (I’ll be chuckling about that note all night). 8-)

    1. I’m quite sure you could make this in two loaf pans. I don’t have cooking time for those, however.

  11. Hi I just made this last week and it is divine! Absolutely loved it! The flavor is fantastic, and it’s so moist! And it tastes even better the next day! Plus, the buttermilk glaze is DELICIOUS! I’m thinking about making this again and doubling the buttermilk glaze! Thanks so much for the great recipe! :)

  12. Patricia Wingard says:

    I made this yesterday and it turned out great. Since I love spices I added more pie spice than what was called for and I added a couple spoonfuls of pumpkin to my glaze. Thanks

  13. The Duo Dishes says:

    That ransom email (who writes notes anymore?) is too funny! Give us all a piece!

  14. I just put this cake in the oven, and the batter was DELIGHTFUL! Can’t wait for the baked cake to come out of the oven!

  15. Katherine Martinelli says:

    Such a great recipe!! What’s not to love about pumpkin pound cake?! I totally agree. Thanks for linking up to my linky party!!

  16. This pound cake looks divine!!!!

  17. Just made this for a church gathering tomorrow. I’ll let you know about the “on the spot” taste reviews.

    Miss P

    1. Well, it was a hit. I added maple to the glaze – I know you don’t like that flavor, but if you do, it’s a great compliment here. My folks liked it. Maybe somebody else will.

      Take care.

      Miss P

      1. The maple is a great idea. Even though it’s not my most favorite flavor, it does go well with pumpkin. I’m learning to like it a little better since I got some *real* maple syrup from a friend in Michigan. Totally different taste :-)

        1. Michigan, Homemade says:

          Yay Michigan maple syrup! I love, love, love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it in my decorative bundt pan. They’re like little bundt cakes with pretty peaks and swirls in them. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. DessertForTwo says:

    Probably the best pumpkin recipe I’ve seen yet!

  19. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen says:

    I am going to have to try this one, it looks amazing, and you are right, who doesn’t love pound cake! I would never have thought about draining the pumpkin, great idea.

  20. Well, I had to make this right after I read your recipe. I turned out beautifully. Love the glaze. Thanks for a wonderful fall recipe.

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Connie! Thanks.

  21. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Ha! That’s funny. So did you get him back? lol

    1. Go him back with all hair intact!

  22. Chrisina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen says:

    You had me at pumpkin!! I love this time of year! You can bet I am going to give this pound cake a try! Yummy! :)

    1. Great! Hope you enjoy it.

  23. The pound cake looks amazing. I will hold on to this recipe for the Halloween Party at my son’s karate school. I always try and bring some type of dessert. Can it be frozen???

    1. Honestly – I haven’t tried freezing it. It never lasts that long! However, most pound cakes do freeze well. Just can’t say for sure on this one.

  24. Do you have a picture of it sliced? Considering my birthday is tomorrow I’d like to imagine what this would’ve tasted like! lol

    1. I’m sorry, Tonia, I don’t. If you’re curious about the texture, it’s just like any ordinary pound cake’s texture.

  25. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! says:

    This looks so yummy. Hooray for the fall so we can eat pumpkin again!

  26. At least now you wont have a bald hubby! LOL
    The pound cake is right up my alley and I pinned it for future baking!

    1. Great, Megan! Hope you enjoy it soon.

  27. SMITH BITES says:

    well i guess it’s a good thing Be-Bop was in your good graces that day, huh?! i am one of those that prefers pie over cake BUT pound cakes? well that’s a completely ‘nother story . . . love ’em . . . and this one is now exception!

    1. Poor BeeBop. He was in real danger for a little while there :-)

  28. Becki's Whole Life says:

    I love pumpkin and it sounds even more wonderful in a pound cake. Then when you add your buttermilk glaze, it really sounds over the top..I am definitely bookmarking this – yum!

    1. Becki – that buttermilk glaze is really delicious. It has that lovely buttermilk “tang” that really works well with the other flavors.

  29. hello~
    I really want to make this, but I only have a 9 in. loaf pan. Can I just half this recipe? Thanks!

    1. I don’t know, Grace. I haven’t tried that. If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it works out.

  30. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. says:

    oh my! Looks incredible. My mouth is watering

  31. Liz @ Microwave Goddess says:

    Oh I love anything pumpkin, can’t wait to try this one!

  32. Feast on the Cheap says:

    No joke, my mouth just watered. I was out at my mom’s house this weekend and her bundt pan was staring at me, begging me to take it home. I wish I had, I would whip this right up. Just gorgeous

    1. Next time you have the opportunity, grab the bundt pan and make this one. I promise you’ll love it!

  33. Bonnie Banters says:

    Scrumptious looking cake! I love a good pound cake and this one fits the season perfectly! Thanks!

    1. Me, too, Bonnie. Just plain pound cake is good, but this takes that plain one into Fall with its flavors.

  34. Okay, I’m starting to see looks of pumpkin posts and I just might have to break open a can or two!

    1. It’s definitely getting to be the time of year for it!