Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe

Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

Sometimes simple, uncomplicated things are the best. There are times when I just want to make an old stand-by: something that doesn’t fill up my whole dishwasher with dirty bowls. A cake I can make a day ahead of time and know it will still be moist and delicious. Tender and sweet with chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg, it’s perfect for snowy morning get-togethers, afternoon coffee breaks, and late night nibbles.

How To Make The Cake

Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache


  • 3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
4 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips


Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 10-cup tube pan or Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  3. In a standing mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together on medium until light and thick. Add the oil and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add the pumpkin and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture, and mix until smooth and no lumps remain. Stir in the bittersweet chocolate.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about an hour.

How To Make The Sour Cream Ganache

Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

This ganache is a bit tangy with the sour cream, but it compliments the pound cake nicely. If you’d like something more mild, a basic chocolate frosting would be delicious.


  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A good pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sour cream


Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache
  1. Melt the chocolate.
  2. Stir in the vanilla and the salt, then stir in the sour cream until smooth.
  3. Spread on the cooled pound cake.


Note: ganache recipe adapted from Unami Girl.

  • http://www.alyssaandcarla.com Carla (@charliesue)

    Oh! YUMMY. Pinned and I can’t WAIT to make it! :)

  • Kenni Raye

    Making this for Sunday dinner! Crazy for all things pumpkin!

  • southerninstitute

    Oh my word, divine! I wish I could grab this and eat it!

  • Michelle McInerney

    double yum! pinning and off to shop for the ingredients :)

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    Can I come over? I need to work on Sunday dinners at my house!

  • http://www.smallforbig.com/ small for big

    Pumpkin cakes and muffins this time of year are The Best.

  • http://madewithmoxie.com Jill @ Made with Moxie

    We’re having a pumpkin weekend, so I just might have to make this! YUM!

  • Melissa Q

    Yum! Love the look of the sour cream ganache. I wouldn’t have thought to pair it with pumpkin, what a yummy surprise.

  • http://www.craftingconnections.net/the-blog/ Andrea :: Crafting Connections

    I love all things pumpkin. I also love all things chocolate. So of course, I’ll have to make this yummy looking cake ASAP!!

  • Jessica Abbott

    EEK! I SO need to try this … like NOW!

  • t.potts

    Chocolate and pumpkin. …..yes!

  • t.potts

    Pumpkin Monday out our house. :)

  • http://www.smashedpeasandcarrots.com Maggie::SmashedPeasandCarrots

    Oh my heck! This is right up my alley! Thank you for the great recipe, I am pinning now!!