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Pumpkin Loaf Cake

This delicious, moist, fluffy pumpkin cake is sure to lift up your mood. Your family will be wanting more and more of this cake, I promise! It's so full of flavour brought about by the various spices in the recipe and will leave your house smelling amazing.
Course Breakfast
Keyword Pumpkin, Pumpkin loaf cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 1 loaf cake
Calories 1882kcal
Author Jerotich M


  • 125 g all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 85 g margarine / butter
  • 180 g sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 165 g fresh pumpkin


  • Preheat the oven to 170° C / 338° F. Grease and dust one 4" × 8" loaf tin well.
  • Cut, peel, de-seed, chop and weigh the pumpkin. Steam or boil the pumpkin with very little water until soft. In a bowl, mash the boiled pumpkin with a fork and set aside for later.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk well until combined and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter/margarine using an electric mixer or a whisk. Beat on medium speed until just blended.
  • Add in the egg and beat well until light and fluffy. Mix in the mashed pumpkin. The mixture will look grainy
  • Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Turn the batter into the prepared tin and spread it out. Bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the tin for about 5 Minutes then turn on to a rack to cool completely.


  • Weigh all the ingredients accurately. This is very important people.
  • If you don't have pumpkin available, you could substitute with butternut. This will not affect the outcome of the recipe.
  • Before removing the cake from the oven check if it's done by inserting  a cake tester/ toothpick in the middle of the cake.
  • This pumpkin loaf cake can last up to 2-3 days at room temperature in an air tight container or wrapped securely in aluminium foil.