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Spicy Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread isn’t for the faint of heart. With 2 full teaspoons of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, it’s got tons of spice to really wake up your taste buds. And BTW, it goes wonderfully with coffee.

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Pumpkin Bread cut into slices.

Full Of Fall Spices

There aren’t any hot spices in this bread. We’re talking fall spices. Love them and the wonderful scent they fill the house with. There’s cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Spicy Pumpkin Bread - with a hefty dose of fall spices, this moist pumpkin bread is not lacking in flavor.

The aroma coming from the oven as this bread bakes is amazing. Pumpkin Bread couldn’t be easier to make. Just dump everything in a bowl and mix. That’s my kind of baking. You will have to wait an hour and a half for it to bake though. But your patience will be rewarded. And your house will smell heavenly by the time it is done.

This pumpkin bread is perfect just as is. No need to add any nuts, cream cheese, streusel, or drizzle of any kind.

Stays Moist For Days

With the addition of vegetable oil, this bread stays extra moist for days and the flavor gets better over time. Pumpkin bread is great to give as holiday gifts because of its long shelf life. And 99.9% of people would be much happier with pumpkin bread than fruit cake. So you may want to go ahead and double or triple this recipe and use mini loaves. Your neighbors will be happy.


Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze for up to 2 months.

Spicy Pumpkin Bread cut into slices.

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Spicy Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread isn’t for the faint of heart. With 2 full teaspoons of nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, it’s got tons of spice to really wake up your taste buds. 
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 1 hour 30 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 40 minutes
SERVINGS: 1 loaf


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour into a greased 5×9- inch loaf pan.
  • Bake for 90 minutes.


12 servings


Calories: 250kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, Thanksgiving

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Originally posted September 7, 2015.

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24 thoughts on “Spicy Pumpkin Bread”

  1. I’ve made this now 8-10 times, only because it gets requested by anyone who has had it before. (I have a double batch in now.) I do always add 1 tsp in addition to all the list spices. I also do 1 cup granulated sugar & 3/4 light brown sugar. If I didn’t do these changes, it would still be great. I’ve just played around with it, and we like these additions. Oh, and I use the entire can of pumpkin. I feel like it helps with the amount of spice I use. I also add a powdered sugar/butter glaze if it’s for my family. As gifts, I generally don’t.
    Make this! Everyone loves it!

  2. Ellizabeth Gutschmidt

    I’m not understanding the comments on ginger? I don’t see ginger in the spicy pumpkin bread recipe. Am I missing something?

  3. This is by far the absolute best spice bread ever. The texture, it’s moist and easy to make. I have made this all year round. Anytime I serve it to someone they love it. Make this you will not be disappointed. Thanks for this recipe.

  4. Ok! Update! MAN oh man!! This is amazing! We both loved it! The spices make it! I would probably add some white pepper for a bit of heat, but it is superb texture and taste!, didn’t worry about the whipped cream, we just ate it plain! Loved that it wasn’t too sweet! It is now my go to pumpkin bread recipe! Thank you!! The minced ginger makes such a difference!
    I am so glad I found this site! Thank you!❤️❤️

  5. This recipe was so easy to make! I love the warm fall spices,too! I doubled the recipe, and used nutmeg and mace. 1 of each. I also added some prepared, minced ginger. I tasted the batter, and it was so good, I could’ve served ice cream and poured it heated ,over the ice cream! It is still baking, but at the 1/2 hour mark, it smells so tantalizing, I can’t wait to serve it with fresh whipped cream! I think it will become my favorite pumpkin bread recipe! Oh, I also put in some roasted, lightly salted pumpkin seeds! Cannot wait to taste it! Will do an update after we eat a piece!

  6. I am an avid baker and pumpkin bread is one of my favs. For the last couple of years, this has been my GO TO pumpkin bread recipe. I find it so easy and reliable. I love that it is less sweet and more spicy. I even add some ground ginger along with the other spices. It makes a perfect loaf, every time. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      That’s great that this has become your go to pumpkin bread recipe Mindy. I think it has the perfect balance of sweetness and spice!

  7. Hi there! I made this pumpkin bread and the texture was perfect. I didn’t find it sweet enough and it didn’t taste pumpkiny enough. Did you use a large can of pumpkin, or the smaller 14 oz can?

  8. Cheesecake Dave

    The spicy pumpkin bread sounds great! How long should it bbake if using mini loaf pans?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I’m not exactly sure Dave and it would depend on the exact size of your mini loaf pans. There doesn’t seem to be a standard size for them. 🙂
      I would guess somewhere between 35 and 45 minutes. If you give it a try, please let us know in case someone else is wanting to make mini loaves.

  9. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Love all of the fall spice packed into this bread! Perfect pairing for a hot cup of coffee!

  10. Mary Frances

    Spices in Pumpkin Bread sounds like a great idea! You’re a genius!! Perfect season to bake this 🙂

  11. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Wow, I am so intrigued by this since a lot of recipes only call for a pinch of nutmeg!! I LOVE fall spices, though, so I am dying to try this out!

  12. Shawn @ ShawnsPlate

    Just when I thought that I was not ready for Fall, I came across your Spicy Pumpkin Bread! Well, I’m officially ready for Fall 🙂

  13. Melanie @ Gather for Bread

    I’m so ready for pumpkin bread season. It’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy fall!

  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This definitely sounds like the perfect pumpkin bread to go with my morning cup of coffee! I love the extra spices in here, Christin. Sounds like it gives this bread so much flavor!

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