Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Browned Butter Maple Glaze is moist, soft, and not overly sweet… except for the delectable Browned Butter Maple Glaze! It’s the perfect combination of chocolate and pumpkin and just may be your new favorite quick bread!

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This is quite possibly the easiest pumpkin recipe you’ll see on the web. With just three simple ingredients making up the bread, it can be mixed together in 2 minutes, baked in 30, and enjoyed in 35! (Edited to say, now my 2 Ingredient Brownie recipe is the easiest recipe ever!) 😍


Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

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For the bread you’ll need:

  • German chocolate cake mix
  • Large eggs beaten
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Pumpkin puree

If you choose to make the frosting/glaze (and you totally need it!), you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Confectioners sugar sifted
  • Real maple syrup
  • Milk
Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

I used one can pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. I also used two large eggs but they can actually be omitted. Yep, it’s hard to believe but the bread will rise with simply the cake mix and pumpkin puree.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
What is a ‘quick bread’?

Quick bread is any bread that doesn’t have yeast that makes it rise. Therefore, it’s quick to make. The official Wikipedia definition is ‘Quick Bread is any bread leavened with a chemical leavening agent rather than a biological one like yeast or sourdough starter.

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Before you ask, there is no oil, butter, or margarine in this bread. The pumpkin puree provides all the moisture the bread needs and if you don’t overcook it will be moist and luscious. I baked it in a 9×5-inch loaf pan at 350° for 25 minutes, turned off the oven and allowed it to sit in the oven 3 more minutes. It was perfectly cooked.


Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe

There are a couple of options you have when making this quick bread.

  1. Add 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to your batter.
  2. Smother the bread in this indulgent Chocolate Frosting instead of the Browned Butter Maple Glaze
  3. A butter or yellow cake mix can be used instead of the German chocolate cake mix.
quick bread

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3 Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Browned Butter Maple Glaze

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Browned Butter Maple Glaze is possibly the easiest pumpkin bread you can make. It’s luscious, soft and the browned butter frosting is amazing!
Author: Paula
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 15.25 -ounce German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 large eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 to 1¼ cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with oil or solid vegetable shortening.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin puree.
  • Stir by hand or with a mixer.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Test for doneness with a wooden pick. The cake will be done when no crumbs or dry crumbs remain on the wooden pick.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  • For the frosting, melt butter in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat on the stovetop.
  • Whisk in 1 cup confectioners sugar, maple syrup, and milk. Add additional sugar to desired consistency. It needs to be pourable but not too thin.
  • Pour over bread.
  • Serve warm or cool. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. It will keep fresher longer in the refrigerator.


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Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 8547IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Yes, I tried it. This Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Browned Butter Maple Glaze is Moist and flavorful.

  2. 5 stars
    My whole family devoured this bread. It’s moist, chocolatey, and has just the right amount of pumpkin spice. I’m definitely making this again for my son’s birthday. thanks so much!

  3. 5 stars
    This pumpkin bread was so good! My family gobbled it up in no time! Next time I might even try to make some muffins out of this recipe for breakfast!

  4. 5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever had such a delicious glaze in my life! Browned butter + maple syrup is officially my favorite flavor combo. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Paula, I love your recipes and after work yesterday made the chocolate pumpkin bread. I baked mine for 40 minutes and the middle was still raw. Any suggestions? We made the frosting, poured it over the bread and ate it anyway but I would like to make it again. Your recipes are always fantastic. Thanks.

  6. Paula, this sounds like a good combination of flavors. I may try this for a pot luck tonight. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

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