Pumpkin Pound Cake

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Time is scary.

I used to think that people who stretched as part of their exercise routine were total babies. At the time, I could push my body to crazy lengths and never feel a thing the next day except mild soreness.

Fast forward several years, and I’m no longer that brazen ignoramus. I’ve always been a hard-core exercise fanatic, but lately, I stretch with equal zeal and fervor. If I don’t, my body punishes me. And no matter what I do, that darned crick in my neck just won’t go away.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

In short, I am old and time is passing. Thank heaven there’s cake. Pound cake, to be exact. With lots and lots of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

This cake is velvety in texture. There’s just no better way to describe its smoothness. It almost melts the second you shove a giant forkful in your mouth. I don’t know about you, but I like my cake that way.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Most pumpkin recipes are healthier. Not this one. Not by a longshot! But it’s perfect for those occasions when you want to try a bit harder to be decadent. If you really want to go crazy, bake this in round pans and frost it. Now that would be insane.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

I’m afraid that another stretch session beckons. Sitting at the computer sure doesn’t help those sore muscles either! But in between a really good hip stretch and a super wonderful quad stretch, make room for cake!


Pumpkin Pound Cake


3 cups flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 can pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and dust lightly with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin and vegetable oil. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk.
  4. Pour the batter into the bundt pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool the cake almost completely, and then invert onto a plate. Cut into slices and serve.




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’m the same way as you, Mir! I never used to think that I needed to stretch before exercising, and never did! But now I definitely have to! This pound cake looks incredible! I love the smooth and moist texture and how full of flavor it is. Definitely makes you forget about stretching, right? 🙂 Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, I love stretching now! It hurts, but in a good way. But I do love cake more, Gayle. Thanks for the pin!

  2. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    I hear ya about not being able to push your body as much as you used to, I’m the same I used to be able to do anything now I totally feel it if I over-do it 😉 anyways on to the good stuff… I’m drooling over how dense and moist the center of this pound cake looks! It looks like it would just literally melt in your mouth love it!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, getting older is hard. And the hardest part is yet to come. That’s why I distract myself with cake, Michele!

  3. Mira

    Look at how beautiful and moist this cake is, I love it! I’ve wanted to make bundt cake for a while, thanks for the reminder! And it is loaded with pumpkin! I totally hear you about exercising, I’m unable to do what I used to a few years back…
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    1. Mir

      It’s a humble reminder that we aren’t immortal, Mira! Good luck with your bundt!

  4. Manali @ CookWithManali

    what a beautiful and moist cake Mir! Pinning!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Loved the texture on this one.

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    You know, I have never had pound cake before. It looks so moist and delicious though. I am a fan of all kinds of cake though, so I am sure that I would love this too.
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    1. Mir

      You do need to try pound cake sometime, Dannii! It’s very rich.

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Haha, I’ve been thinking that lately too, that suddenly I have a lot more trouble with aches and pains then I used to – getting old is no good! This pound cake looks lovely!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! Aches and pains are no fun, but cake is!

  7. Ashley @ ashleymarieskitchen

    Hehe, stretching has become a must for me as well. That cake looks so delicious and moist 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Ashley! Stretching is actually fun. Who knew?

  8. Danielle

    It’s amazing how things seem so much harder the older you get. I played softball all my life and went to some batting cages not long ago and was sore the next day! Horrible.. I know. But this pumpkin pound cake totally made my day! I love pound cake, but this has pumpkin which makes it a million times better 🙂
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    1. Mir

      That happened to my husband! The batting cage killed his hands, too. He was annoyed.
      I’m so glad you love pound cake! It’s one of my favorites, too!

  9. Mary Frances

    1) Uhhhhmazing photos. Some of the best I’ve ever seen.
    2) Velvety pound cake?? I haven’t made a pound cake in forever and I’ve never tried pumpkin. It sounds so delicious! It would bring out the “cut a little edge off of the slice because I don’t want a second but then I eat the whole second slice anyways” in me 🙂
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    1. Mir

      1) What? Mary Frances, you are way too kind. Though I have been playing with a new lens.
      2) I do that with slices of things all the time! Why are we kidding ourselves? Of course we want the whole thing!

  10. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    If you’re old, I can’t imagine what I’d be called… Antique? I’m loving this pound cake, Mir! To describe it as velvety really makes me want a slice or two. I love how you didn’t coat it in glaze because I’m sure the pumpkin flavor really shines through. Thank you for the recipe!
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    1. Mir

      Oh, come on, Heather. You are NOT antique! I’m older than I look. 🙂
      It’s so funny you mention that because I almost did a maple glaze for the top, but then I decided to keep things simple for once in my life!

  11. ~ Carmen ~

    This looks incredibly luxurious. I mean…pumpkin & pound cake. That’s decadent right there. I’ll eat a bite in between quad stretches. :]
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    1. Mir

      The perfect way to stretch the quads, Carmen!

  12. Annie @Maebells

    Two of my favorites, pumpkin and pound cake! What a winning combo!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Annie! I have a thing for that combo too!

  13. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    omg, the body is totally just not the same. Gotta stretch. This Pound cake looks delicious! It looks so moist and velvety!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Lindsay! Yours looked pretty darn delicious this morning!

  14. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Stretching is a definite must anymore! Darn this getting older thing! I need some of this delicious bundt cake in my life to make me feel better now!! 😉
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    1. Mir

      I hear ya. I balance the stretching and the cake, Jocelyn!

  15. Isadora @ she likes food

    You are totally speaking my language with this pumpkin poundcake! It looks amazing and so moist! I used to not stretch much either, but now that I’m getting a little older I realize how important it is or else I’m walking around stiff all the time! Maybe I need to go for some exercising so that I can eat this entire poundcake!
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    1. Mir

      Yep. I exercise and eat lots of sugar! It all balances somehow…I think!

  16. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    Love the shade of this cake, it looks great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Laura!

  17. Kisha Martin

    This cake looks delish!!! Last year I ventured into making cakes in a jar for my co-workers Christmas gifts. Thank God they were a hit and now they want more. My specialty is carrot cake but a want to expand and absolutely love pumpkin!! This recipes seems absolutely perfect but I’d have to make some substitutions for health reasons. The white flours and sugars would be brown and what do you think of soy milk? And yep they’d be baked in mason jars…any suggestions?

    Please if you don’t mind respond via email.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and yours.


    1. Mir

      Same to you, Kisha! I’ll email you, but basically, those substitutions should work. Just lower the baking time with the mason jars. Keep an eye on it!

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