pumpkin cream cheese bread

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

This super moist and flavorful pumpkin cream cheese bread takes traditional pumpkin bread up a notch with a beautiful cream cheese layer.

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 1 hourTotal: 1 hour 15 minutes
Fat 21 Carbs 39 Protein 10
Yield 8-10 1x


For the Pumpkin Layer

  • 1 stick (½ cup) butter, room temperature 
  • 1 cup light brown sugar 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

For the Cream Cheese Layer 

  • 6-oz. cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste, optional*


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick baking spray. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. 
  1. First, make the pumpkin layer. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy– about 1 minute. 
  2. Next add the eggs, pumpkin puree, and vanilla and mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice and mix just until no large lumps of flour remain. You dont want to overmix! 
  4. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan and set the rest aside.
  5. Next, make the cream cheese layer. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, egg, maple syrup, flour, and vanilla bean paste.
  6. Top the first pumpkin layer with the cream cheese mixture. Then, pour the remaining pumpkin batter on top. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. 
  7. Bake at 350ºF for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  8. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool to room temperature. 
  9. Slice and enjoy. Store any leftover bread in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. 

Tips & Notes

  • Vanilla bean paste: option to swap the vanilla bean paste for 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/10 Calories: 386 Sugar: 4 Sodium: 260 Fat: 21 Carbohydrates: 39 Fiber: 1 Protein: 10 Cholesterol: 248
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: DessertMethod: OvenCuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin cream cheese bread