One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

The Easiest One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

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One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

This One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf cake is what autumn dreams are made of! Simple to make and utterly delicious, it will be on rotation soon enough!!

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Guessss whaaaat???

It’s almost Canadian Thanksgiving!!! And do you know what that means??

Loads of yummy food!

I know, I know…it means so much more. It is, of course, mostly about giving thanks for all we have (and, aren’t we such lucky people??). But, after the last year and a half that we’ve had to manoeuvre through, getting together to share all the fall foods means more to us now than ever before.

The people over at Williams Sonoma sent over these beautiful pieces (available at their stores and online) for me to create a pretty autumn loaf.

Of course, my mind went directly to pumpkin for the season! I wanted to make an easy one bowl cake that won’t stress you out during the holidays! This one is easy peasy!!

What You’ll Need For This One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake:

  • beer

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

(and remember, if you buy a pie pumpkin – often for cheap – you can make your own! Take a peek here for instructions!!)…

how to roast a pumpkin

Spray the pan well to make sure you get into all those beautiful little cervices!!

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

In a large bowl mix together your sugar and oil (no mixer required!!).

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Add in your eggs, pumpkin and milk…give it a mix!

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Next, add in your flour, baking powder and spices…make sure it’s all incorporated as you mix, but do not over mix this!!

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Pour your silky batter into the prepared pan and tuck it into the oven!

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

How awesome, right? You can only imagine how glorious my kitchen smells!! All you need to do is take a slice off the top (that’s the baker’s treat – which means it has no calories!!) so the loaf will stay flat on your serving dish once it’s turned out!

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

I’m telling you…this One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake is so pretty!!!!!

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Imagine this sliced and slathered with some cream cheese icing (you can find that recipe here)

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Or how about you drizzle it with this silky glaze made with a hint of cinnamon, orange and all rounded out by the unique flavour of Belgian Moon wheat beer?  This Belgium style wheat beer is brewed with Valencia orange peel for a subtle sweetness and bright, citrus aroma.  I’ve added some additional orange extract to bring out the flavours and a touch of cinnamon to heighten the spicy flavours in the loaf! It’s a match made in heaven!!

The extra drizzle just adds another layer of flavour to this fabulous cake!!

I know you can do this…even you non-bakers out there! This is foolproof and with this beautiful pan to show off your incredible baking skills, you will never doubt yourself again!!

Go on now…what are you waiting for???

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf Cake

One Bowl Pumpkin Loaf with a Cinnamon Orange Glaze

I'm sure you've tried your fair share of pumpkin loaves...but this one takes the cake - literally!! So moist and flavourful, you'll be coming back for more time and time again!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 1 minute
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 1/2 cup canola oil (can use any mild oil)
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup milk (can sub in water)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp Belgian Moon Wheat Ale
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray your loaf pan; set aside
  • In a large bowl, mix together oil and sugar; add eggs and whisk together well and then add in pumpkin and milk and whisk to combine well.
  • Sprinkle flour over top of the wet mixture and continue to sprinkle dry ingredients (baking soda and spices) over flour and whisk into wet mixture making sure all of the spices are distributed evenly. Use a spatula to make sure the sides are scarped down all all of the mix is uniformly combined.
  • Scrape batter into the loaf pan and give the pan a good bang on the counter (that will ensure the mix will go into all the crevices and the pattern will come out clean); place in the middle of your oven and bake for 60-70 minutes (the top will rise and will gently 'give' when pressed gently).
  • When baking is complete, remove from oven and leave to cool on the counter. After about 15 minutes, cut top of loaf to ensure a flat bottom when turning over. After about 30 minutes, turn over on a cooling rack to finish cooling
  • In a small bowl, stir together icing sugar, cinnamon and beer until combined; add in extract (if using), stir again and drizzle over cake. Serve!!
Keyword autumn, moist, pumpkin, quickbread, spicecake