Pumpkin Pound Cake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Pumpkin Pound Cake is a delicious, dense and sweet cake, that is topped with a hefty amount of white chocolate and whipped ganache, making it the perfect fall treat.

It’s officially pumpkin season, and I can post recipes without getting the stinky eye from people who can’t say goodbye to summer! I am so excited to share this pumpkin pound cake with you as it honestly blew my mind at how good it is!  Other subscriber’s favorite pumpkin seasonal cakes are Pumpkin Poke CakeInstant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie Creme Brulee.

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with White Chocolate Ganache is such a seasonal treat. Finally, canned pumpkin hit the shelves at grocery stores, and I fully packed my cart. This pumpkin pound cake is full of pumpkin flavor. Also, the pureed pumpkin makes it dense and soft and very aromatic. The light orange color is extremely cute!

I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin spice, so I kept the spice level low in this pound cake. However, if you like it, you can definitely add more. As you can see the texture of this cake looks crazy amazing, and honestly it is, soft dense, a little sticky, buttery, sweet and with lots of pumpkin flavor that I just love.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Well, I couldn’t resist and topped mine with some white chocolate whipped ganache and it just made it a thousand times better. We know that chocolate makes everything better, don’t we? But I must say that white chocolate and pumpkin pound cake were meant to be served together, the flavors just work too well together, and complement each other nicely.

I have been enjoying a slice of this pumpkin pound cake for breakfast with a vanilla latte for the past few days. Honestly, this is one of the best pound cakes I have ever had, and if you are one of those people who appreciates a good pumpkin flavor you must make it for yourself.

What you need to make Pumpkin Pound Cake?

  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Pureed pumpkin
  • Sugar
  • Eggs

What is pumpkin puree vs canned pumpkin?

Canned pumpkin is just cooked, pureed pumpkin. Canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened.

Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned?

Yes! Making pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkin is easy, and you can definitely substitute the canned pumpkin for fresh pureed pumpkin. To Make Pumpkin Puree from scratch follow the bellow method:

  • First, preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Then, cut the pumpkin in half and remove seeds and pulp. Cover each half with foil.
  • Next, bake in the preheated oven, foil side up, 1 hour, or until tender.
  • Lastly, with a fork, scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender. Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces. Store in the freezer in freezer safe bags.

How to freeze pumpkin pound cake?

Pumpkin pound cake can be easily frozen. Cool the pound cake completely. Then, fully wrap it in plastic wrap tightly. Next, wrap in aluminum foil or place it in freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost before slicing.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Do yourself a favor, and brighten up the upcoming cold fall days with this delicious pumpkin pound cake topped with that sweet white chocolate whipped ganache!

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5 from 7 reviews
Pumpkin Pound Cake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 slices
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


Pumpkin Pound Cake:

  • 1  stick butter  (room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan)
  • 4 oz  cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 3 cups  all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  pumpkin spice 
  • 12 oz  pumpkin puree 
  • 3 cups  sugar 
  • 5  large eggs  (room temperature)

White Chocolate Whipped Ganache:

  • 1/2 pound  white chocolate  (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup  heavy cream 
  • 1 tablespoons  unsalted butter 
  • 1 cups  powdered sugar 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch loaf pan with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt, pumpkin spice and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the wire attachment, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs one a time, beating well after each addition. With the motor running on low, add the flour mixture followed by the pumpkin puree. Mix on low until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cake, it should come out clean.
  5. Once baked, cool the pound cake in the pan for 30 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. White Chocolate Whipped Ganache:
  7. In a medium bowl set over a medium saucepan of simmering water, melt the white chocolate. Remove from the heat and set aside. Discard the water from the sauce pan, add the heavy cream and butter to the saucepan and heat until the butter is melted and small bubbles appear around the edges. 

  8. Whisk the hot cream mixture into the white chocolate. Lumps will start to appear, don't be afraid, continue to quickly mix until the mixtures combine and the lumps disappear. Set the bowl in a cool place for at least 1 hour.

  9. Once the ganache has cooled down, using a hand mixer or an electric mixer whisk in the powdered sugar. Once you did this, cool the mixture for a few minutes only and cover the cake with it.
  10. Keep ganache leftovers in the fridge. The ganache can't be kept in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Before using, place in on the counter for two hours, since it will harden in the fridge
Calories: 617 Carbohydrates: 115 Protein: 8 Fat: 15 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 100 Sodium: 215 Potassium: 307 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 87 Vitamin A: 5665 Vitamin C: 1.6 Calcium: 148 Iron: 3.6
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Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

I was LITERALLY thinking about making a pumpkin pound cake!! This looks amazing!!


Cristie - Little Big H

I've never made a pound cake. I'll will definitely have to try this. It looks great.


Thanks Cristie!


Bridget - The Recipe Wench

Love this! You're right -- the color of this cake is stunning. Thank you so much for the recipe -- I'm headed out for pumpkin now!


Thanks Bridget!



Lovely photos! How do you call those yellow flowers? They are gorgeous (the cake too)!


Hi Teresa, first thank you for stopping by, but I am sorry I have no idea what those flowers are called, my mother in law got them for me.


Annie @ Annie's Noms

This is so pretty! love the flowers on the top an the fact you used cream cheese in your cake batter!


Thanks Annie, the cream cheese makes it so much softer and denser!


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Beautiful decoration & styling of this delicious pumpkin pound cake!


Thanks Johlene!


Julia (@Imagelicious)

It's all about pumpkin now! I love it! And the white chocolate ganache sounds lovely!


The white chocolate ganache is amazing with the pumpkin! :)


Callie | Flour and Fancy

Pumpkin AND pound cake? Sign me up! Thanks for sharing. :)


Thanks Callie!


Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

This is so pretty, I love how you use flowers in your pictures and of course the cake looks so tasty too, I will be sharing this one!


Many thanks Sara!


Steph @ Steph in Thyme

Simply stunning! So gorgeous.


Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe

This looks divine - I love anything pumpkin, and I would love to give pumpkin pound cake a try -- YUM!


Nataliya | Not From A Packet Mix

This is perfect for Autumn. It looks delicious, thanks for sharing!


Holly @ 3 Yummy Tummies

This looks so moist and delicious! I love the artic ism of your photographs. They are always so beautiful!


Thank you Holly!



This pound cake looks heavenly! I bet the white chocolate and pumpkin combo is amazing, I haven't tried that yet but hope to soon!


Hi Emily, yes the white chocolate pumpkin combo had been my favorite this fall!



Can this be made ahead of time? Would it change the texture? If so, when to defrost before Thanksgiving? As you can tell I'm not a baker! ?


Arlene Boyd

Pretty and perfect for halloween or fall season! Pumpkin is here!!



Love pumpkin and this recipe is legit!!! Love how it turned out!



I have to make this! It's my two most favorite things rolled up into one. Om nom nom.



This looks amazing! I am so ready for everything pumpkin season, so I have to try making this recipe!


Amy Desrosiers

Looks like such a moist, delicious cake! I would love to try it about now!



Oh yum! Give me pumpkin everything! I'm going to have to try this!


Tara Pittman

I love the taste of pumpkin. This and a cup of pumpkin coffee and I am happy.


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