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Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This moist pumpkin bread recipe gets even tastier when topped with cream cheese frosting. Made simple with a box cake mix and canned pumpkin!

A box filled with different types of food, with Pumpkin and Bread

Some of my favorite family moments have been spent gathered around a beautifully decorated table with those I love, sharing good food and great conversation.

When the leaves begin to turn and the weather cools nothing delights my senses quicker than the smell of hot instant russian tea and a warm pumpkin bread recipe straight from the oven.

A cake with fruit on top of a table

Even though my children are all grown, the years of raking trails in the leaves to create roads for their bikes or jumping into giant piles are forever captured in my heart and photo albums!

Another favorite family activity as the kids were growing up was roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit after a morning of working together outside in the yard.

Even though I miss those bittersweet moments of yesterday this time of year is still my favorite, and I enjoy creating new memories with my grandsons Aiden and Henry.

My kids always loved to bake with me, and now my grandsons get to spend time with Nana passing down the family tradition! I believe learning to follow instructions helps in every area of life!

A tray of food on a table, with Pumpkin bread

The best thing about this recipe is using ingredients you probably already have on hand: pumpkin, cake mix, instant pudding and a smidgen of pumpkin pie spice.

(Just a tip: this recipe isn’t only for fall. Buy some extra canned pumpkin and make this yummy goodness all year!)

The homemade glaze with cream cheese is to die for! It’s worth a little bit of work for the delicious frosting! I would refrigerate after making just to be safe or if you want to freeze the bread without the frosting it’ll last about two months!

Designing a beautiful table is still at the top of my list when I invite others to share something as simple as a pumpkin bread recipe, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Let me show you the key elements of this one.

This easy rustic fall table setting uses inexpensive items you probably already have on hand without spending a lot of time or money!

I went with a rustic theme with my DIY wood chargers, embellished white plates (a hand me down), yard sale napkins and mini pumpkins.

This easy rustic fall table setting uses inexpensive items you probably already have on hand without spending a lot of time or money!

This table runner is perfect with just a touch of glitter leaves on the brown fabric with scalloped edges. Rustic lanterns adorn my simple centerpiece.

This easy rustic fall table setting uses inexpensive items you probably already have on hand without spending a lot of time or money!
Food on a table, with Pumpkin and Bread

I love decor pieces that are reusable and these lanterns will definitely be appearing throughout my home in seasons to come.

Since my style includes a lot of rustic signature items such as wooden candle holders and an old window table the lanterns blend in well with what I already have.

Bread and Table

Chalkboards are still trendy and I just love this pumpkin one. I used it to showcase my delicious pumpkin bread recipe but you could use it in any number of ways.

A pizza sitting on top of a wooden table

See how easily this table was put together with just a few new seasonal pieces mixed with some of my own?

A box filled with different types of fruit

My family raved about this pumpkin bread recipe and it would be perfect served with friends and family gathered around the table.

A box filled with different types of food, with Pumpkin and Bread

Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

A cake with fruit on top of a table

Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

This easy pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting is a guaranteed hit to ring in the fall season. With just a few handy ingredients it’s perfect for school parties, family dinners and church potlucks.
Calories 4903kcal
Author Marty’s Musings



  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 15- oz can pumpkin
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice


  • 2 1/2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Combine sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin in mixing bowl and beat at high speed for 1 minute.
  • Add cake mix, pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until loaves test done.
  • Cool in pans.
  • Mix together cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla. (I used a whisk.)
  • Turn bread onto a plate and drizzle with frosting.


1 cup chopped pecans can be added if desired.

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  1. My hubby would go crazy for these muffins!!! I would love for you to share them over at MMM, my link party going on now!!
    Cathy 🙂

  2. Love your fall look and I can’t wait to try your pumpkin bread recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party this week!

  3. One of these days I need to clean off my table to actually set it. In the meantime I will make this bread. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

    1. Audrey, we’ve homeschooled for 21 years so our table was rarely cleaned off except to eat dinner! With only one student left at home it’s a bit easier to dress it up but I do miss the chaos and noise at times. Not all the times but sometimes!

  4. That pumpkin bread looks DELICIOUS! And your table setting is beautiful, I’m going to have to check out Big Lots for decorations!

  5. Your pumpkin bread sounds divine Marty and reading about all those special Fall memories you have with the kids brought back a smile to my face. I can almost hear their belly laughs <3

  6. Gorgeous table setting! Hubs is a huge pumpkin pie fan but this would be a great way to switch it up this year!

  7. Marty, thank you for this wonderful pumpkin bread recipe and for sharing your beautiful fall table. I love the landerns and the LED lights. You are amazing

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