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.
🤔 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.”
🥘 Ingredient Notes
- Pumpkin Puree (Be sure to purchase 100% pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix.)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (This is a convenient mixture of warm autumnal spices. You can easily make your own mix following the directions below.)
- Buttermilk (Very important to the flavor of this particular cake.)
You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe 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
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
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
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
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 PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
🧾 More Popular Cake Recipes
- Chocolate Little Layer Cake
- Mr. Guinness’ Cake
- Red Velvet Cake
- Irish Spiced Fruitcake
- Chocolate-Chocolate Cake
- Candied Holiday Fruitcake
If you’re still looking for more pumpkin recipes, you’ll love the Amish Pumpkin Pie recipe from Melanie at The Cagle Diaries.
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Glazed Pumpkin Pound Cake
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:
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ⅛ 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 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 health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.
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.
My pleasure, Claire. Glad to know you enjoyed it.
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!
So glad you iiked it. And you can adjust the spice to suit your tastes, of course.
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.
So glad you liked it, Angelina!
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?
I don’t know, but it works really well!
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!!
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.
I love pound cake and this one looks wonderful.
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?
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.
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.
I’d really recommend buttermilk for this, Kristen.
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-)
I’m quite sure you could make this in two loaf pans. I don’t have cooking time for those, however.
This looked and sounded so fabulous that my son picked it for his birthday cake!! I tweaked it a little, but am posting it tomorrow at http://dimplesanddelights.blogspot.com if you’d like to see! Thank you!
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! :)
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
That ransom email (who writes notes anymore?) is too funny! Give us all a piece!
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!
Such a great recipe!! What’s not to love about pumpkin pound cake?! I totally agree. Thanks for linking up to my linky party!!