Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

An easy mix-by-hand pumpkin bread with a salted caramel swirl and pumpkin buttercream frosting. This Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bread combines all the best fall flavors!

pumpkin bread with pumpkin frosting and salted caramel dripping down the side.

Is it even fall without sharing at least one new pumpkin recipe? 🤔

I’m pretty sure the answer is no – and this year, we’re combining two of my favorite fall flavors: caramel and pumpkin.

Of course, homemade salted caramel sauce is delicious year-round, but it pairs especially well with pumpkin and fall flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg!

I’m no stranger to pumpkin bread — these chocolate chip pumpkin bread and nutella pumpkin bread recipes are in my fall baking lineup every year.

Buuuut… I’m just going to go ahead and say that this is my new favorite pumpkin bread recipe.

We have…

  1. An easy, mix-by-hand, super moist pumpkin bread.
  2. Homemade salted caramel layered in the batter.
  3. Caramel pumpkin buttercream frosting.
  4. Drizzled salted caramel.

This is the ultimate fall quick bread!

overhead view of pumpkin bread with caramel drizzle on a wooden board.

Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This recipe is very similar to my Nutella Pumpkin bread recipe, and it’s the perfect combination of flavorful and moist!

Because it’s made with oil, the pumpkin bread batter can be whisked by hand in one bowl.

We have cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little allspice to provide that classic “pumpkin spice” flavor. After all, pumpkin puree on its own is pretty bland and flavorless.

So why do we bother adding the pumpkin, anyway? Couldn’t we just use a regular quick bread recipe and fill it with the pumpkin spice flavors? It’s time for my favorite subject… kitchen chemistry!

Kitchen Chemistry

Pumpkin contains pectins, which are large polysaccharides that form a gel-like matrix.  Adding pumpkin to baked goods forms a gel-like structure, responsible for the extra-moist texture without having to add extra oil or butter.

Pumpkin contains a lot of pectins which are a type of polysaccharide. Pectins are large complex molecules. When making jams these pectins tend to play an important role. Thanks to the pectins the jam will thicken up well. Apples also contain quite a bit of pectin which is why they’re often used in jams or butters.

mixing pumpkin bread batter by hand and layering with salted caramel in a loaf pan.

Salted Caramel Swirl

In the middle of the pumpkin bread, we’ll include a layer of salted caramel.

I like to make my own homemade easy salted caramel, which is easier than you think. The recipe includes step-by-step photos so you can see exactly what each step should look like!

You can use store-bought caramel sauce or dulce de leche; just don’t use ice cream topping caramel (it’s too thin).

swirls of pumpkin buttercream frosting on a loaf of pumpkin bread.

Easy Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

We’ll top the salted caramel pumpkin bread with homemade pumpkin buttercream frosting.

If you like pumpkin, this is SERIOUSLY good — good enough to make a double or triple batch and frost a whole layer cake!

The frosting includes fresh pumpkin puree and the salted caramel sauce, making it extra flavorful.

(You know how sometimes buttercream frosting just tastes… sweet? This doesn’t. It has real flavor!)

And don’t forget an extra drizzle of caramel sauce on top!

homemade salted caramel sauce on a spoon drizzling onto pumpkin bread.

Recommend Tools to Make Caramel Pumpkin Bread

  • Loaf Pan: This recipe is written for an 8.5 x 4.5-inch metal loaf pan.
  • Mixing Bowls: This set of microwave and dishwasher-safe glass mixing bowls is probably my most used item in my kitchen!
  • Whisk: As silly as it sounds, all whisk are not built equal – this one is my favorite!
  • Stand Mixer: An electric mixer helps whip the frosting to a light and fluffy texture.
  • Beater Blade: Any time I use the paddle attachment for my stand mixer, I use this Beater Blade – it scrapes down the sides and bottom of the bowl for you!
two slices of pumpkin bread with a thick layer of pumpkin frosting on small plates.

Common Questions about Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bread

Can I use store-bought caramel sauce?

Store-bought caramel sauce or dulce de leche can be used instead of the homemade sauce; just don’t use caramel ice cream topping, which is too thin.

What kind of pumpkin puree should I use?

Any homemade or store-bought canned pumpkin puree can be used. Just don’t use pumpkin pie filling, as this already contains sweeteners and spices!

How should I store this pumpkin bread?

Pumpkin bread can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for 3-4 days, although I like to store it in the refrigerator to keep the buttercream frosting on the stiffer side.

Can this pumpkin bread be frozen?

For long-term freezing, I recommend freezing the whole loaf without frosting. Thaw completely, then add frosting and caramel drizzle before eating. To freeze leftover individual slices, freeze slices on a cookie sheet, then once the buttercream is frozen completely, wrap them in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, and store them in freezer freezer-safe bag. Unwrap completely before thawing to prevent frosting from sticking to the plastic wrap.

More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

loaf of pumpkin bread with pumpkin buttercream frosting and salted caramel drizzle

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

An easy mix-by-hand pumpkin bread with a salted caramel swirl and pumpkin buttercream frosting.


For the Pumpkin Bread:

  • 3/4 cup (148.5 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (53 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (227 grams) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup homemade salted caramel sauce

For the Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup (56.5 grams) butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons (42.5 grams) pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons salted caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5-3 cups (284-340 grams) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk or heavy cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 °F. Grease an 8.5×4.5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Make the pumpkin bread batter. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, pumpkin, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Gently stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, mixing until the ingredients are just combined.
  3. Layer the pumpkin bread. Spoon the half the pumpkin bread batter into the loaf pan. Scoop in the salted caramel, warming if necessary to create a pourable texture, then spread the rest of the batter over top;
  4. Bake the pumpkin bread. Bake for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Make the frosting. Cream together the butter and pumpkin using an electric mixer. Once well combined, add in the salted caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla extract. Slowly scoop in 2 1/2 cups of the confectioners' sugar. Once all sugar has been added, increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until well combined and creamy. If the frosting is too soft, add the additional 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and beat until combined. Spread the frosting over the top of the cooled bread and drizzle with additional salted caramel.


  1. Store-bought caramel sauce or dulce de leche can be used instead of homemade, but don't use caramel ice cream topping (it's too thin).
  2. Salted caramel pumpkin bread can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. To cut neat slices, refrigerate first to so the frosting is stiff and cuts more evenly.

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Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 14.7gCarbohydrates: 66.2gProtein: 3.5g

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