Yes my friends, it’s time to cosy on down, light the fire and rustle in some leaves- helllloooo AUTUMN! How to celebrate? With cake obviously. These Mini Pumpkin Bread Loaves fill the house with wafts of cinnamon and spice, the perfect welcome for fall.
(If you like these, you might also like my Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer cake…)
A little bit spicy, a little bit warming, that golden autumn colour, perfect for sharing – these are my favourite taste of autumn. Sharing is just what I did.. Do you remember that this year I’ve been posting cakes for six of my dearest pals each month? (You can see the first recipe I did and read about it here: Daim Bar Cookies and Cake Club.) These were the little treats I sent out to them all at the end of September. Happy autumn my cake club girls!
So, on to the recipe nitty gritty. If you’re secretly a bit of a lazy baker like me, looking for easy ways to make things look impressive, a mini loaf tin is a win. Hardly any extra effort for really striking little cakes. My tin was not cheap at about £15, but it’s worth investing in a good heavy one as the cakes will pop out easily.
The number of loaves that this recipe will make depends, of course, on the size of your loaf cake pans. Mine have 12 on a sheet and are really quite tiny. You can also buy lovely little paper mini loaf pans that you bake and then serve the cakes in. You can find a similar tin here along with some other suggestions:
Mini Pumpkin Bread Loaves
- Butter for greasing
- 425 g Tin of pure pureed pumkin
- 200 g Soft dark brown sugar
- 450 g Caster sugar
- 240 ml Sunflower oil
- 150 ml Water
- 4 Medium free range eggs
- Zest of a lemon
- 375 g Plain flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Table salt not sea salt crystals
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Allspice
- 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
For the icing:
- Juice of the lemon
- 150 g Icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Grease the mini loaf pans with butter, being sure to get into all of the corners.
- Mix together the pumpkin, sugars, oil, water, eggs and lemon zest. Beat until combined.
- In another bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold in until just combined.
- Spoon into each of the loaf tin sections, filling about two thirds of the way. Don't overfill or your loaves will be difficult to get out and look a bit wonky.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes and ease out the loaves allowing them to continue cooling on a wire rack.
- Rinse the tin and repeat the greasing, filling and baking. Do this until you've finished using all of the batter.
- When all cool, make the icing with the icing sugar and enough of the lemon juice to make a thick paste. Drizzle or pipe over the cakes and allow to set.
Nutrition (per serving)
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Happy season of leaves and pumpkins and log fires to you all.. What’s the taste of autumn for you?
This post was a sponsored post collaboration with Waitrose and part of their #AutumnWarmers campaign. Find more autumnal recipe inspiration on their website: Waitrose.com.
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Kerry at Kerry Cooks says
These look so gorgeous Sarah and you KNOW I can’t get enough pumpkin! Putting a mini loaf pan on my Christmas list!
They look absolutely amazing! I think I need to invest in one of those pans x
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Sarah, I’ll take one of those with a nice strong cup of Assam with just a splash of milk!
Julie Dawson says
I am one of the fab recipients of the monthly cake delivery! It’s been such a treat over the the past year to eceuve these little boxes of delight! These pumpkin loaves are just gorgeous! I bet they would go down a treat on bonfire night too!
Sarah you are a star baker!!! Defo should enter the great British bake off next year!!!! Xxxx
These are LITERALLY the best cakes I have had bab! I scoffed the lot and then took one little one to work! AMAZING! x
Julie's Family Kitchen says
Love, love, love these little loaf cakes. I now need a mini loaf tin in my life. Shared on Facebook and pinned for later my friend. 🙂 x
Jasmin Charlotte says
These look amazing! I need to get my hands on a mini loaf tin. I haven’t made anything with pumpkin yet this year, need to so it feels like autumn! x
Made these mini loafs today, took them to feed a Police & community choir before their rehearsal. They absolutely loved them. They were so surprised that pumpkin was the main ingredient. These are now a firm favourite with everyone. Thank you for sharing your recipe. X
Sarah Barnes says
Aww thank you for letting me know Alison, I love hearing when people have enjoyed my recipes!
Kuenia Mariana says
Hi my name is Kuenia, i’m brasilian, i’m so exited to do this recipe, looks delcious… to grease the mini loaf pans i use only butter? ou butter and flour? And can i mix together the pumpkin, sugars, oil, water, eggs and lemon zest in the hands? or i use a food mixer?
These look amazing and I definitely want to bake these. I was wondering though, with this recipe would you be able to make a big one out of it?
Sarah Barnes says
Yes! In fact I’ve done so over on the Sanctuary Spa blog, it will be up there soon 🙂
Hi, can’t wait to make these. Can I freeze them before icing? I’d like to make a batbatch that I can save for later
Sarah Barnes says
Yep, they should be fine to freeze!