Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)

Texas Homesteader ~ 

Fall is in the air, and for me that always means PUMPKIN! This homemade pumpkin bread recipe has a huge shortcut – a boxed cake mix. Simply blend cake mix, required oil/butter, eggs, pumpkin puree and spices. Simple. Fast. Delicious!

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe. This one uses a shortcut of a box of cakemix. Quick, Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader

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Now of course you can buy your cake mix, but homemade versions abound on the internet.  I’ve been experimenting with making my own spice cake mix (recipe coming soon) and love it in this pumpkin bread recipe!

Use Pumpkin Puree (NOT Pumpkin Pie Filling)

This time of year I have fresh pumpkins from my garden. So I typically use my own drained Pumpkin Puree for the recipe. 

Remember, you’re using pumpkin PUREE not Pumpkin Pie FILLING. The difference is that puree is only pureed pumpkin, nothing else. Pie filling contains spices and thickeners that you don’t want in your pumpkin bread.

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe. This one uses a shortcut of a box of cakemix. Quick, Easy & DELICIOUS! #TexasHomesteader(Note, these days I’m loving a different way of preserving my fresh garden pumpkin than freezing the puree. I’m cooking & pureeing, then DEHYDRATING my fresh pumpkin instead.  Then it’s easy to  REHYDRATE and use that pumpkin puree later!)


I initially found a recipe over at BabySavers, so I used it as my base recipe. Of course I changed it to suit our tastes, and I love the way it turned out!

Can You Use Cake Mix To Simplify Pumpkin Bread?

In this recipe, yes! You’ll use a standard box of cake mix, along with the eggs and oil or butter called for on the instructions found on the side of the box.

My spice cake mix calls for 3 eggs & 1 stick of butter, so those 2 items are pulled out for this pumpkin bread recipe as well. 

I simply mix my dry spice cake mix with the required eggs & melted butter in a large bowl. Then I add my pumpkin puree and the spices.

I mix it all just until incorporated and pour it into a greased loaf pan. You can now bake your pumpkin bread at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (or 350 for glass pans) for 50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Bake Pumpkin Bread In Regular Oven – OR Solar Oven

But I baked mine in my solar oven. Have I mentioned how much I [heart] my solar oven??

It’s still hot & sticky in Texas, I just wanted to keep that baking heat outside where it belongs. Based on the light cloud cover of the day, my bread was done in about an hour & 20 minutes.

*About My Solar Oven: For those of you asking, I have a Sun Oven brand solar oven and I LOVE IT! 

Honey/Pecan Glaze Option For Sweet Breads

After it’s baked, this simple pumpkin bread is ready to go. Nothing else need be added. It’s delicious.

But sometimes you just want to ramp it up a bit, ya know?

RancherMan’s favorite topping for me to add to any of my sweet breads is a Honey/Pecan Glaze topping. It couldn’t be easier to mix up.

      • 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter

      • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

      • 1/4 Cup Honey

      • Add Chopped Pecans (optional)

I add as many chopped pecans as I want to give the topping the pecan crunchiness I’m after. Stir until it’s all combined and BOOM! Honey/Pecan Glaze!

My favorite pumpkin bread made faster using a cake mix shortcut. #TexasHomesteader

Anyhoo, topping or not – your choice. It’s delicious either way.

This recipe is so simple it’s easy to whip up when you’re expecting company. And it makes a delightful and delicious gift too.

All those fall spices are perfect in this pumpkin bread. The recipe is below, I’ve added my notes in parentheses. 

Bon appetite!

Did you make this Pumpkin Bread? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This simple pumpkin bread has a cake mix shortcut. I use a spice cake mix, the required butter and eggs for the cake mix and some pumpkin puree and spices. It's the fastest pumpkin bread I've ever made. And it's delicious too. I've even added a honey/pecan glaze option. #TexasHomesteader

Course bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin, pumpkin bread, spice cake mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author TexasHomesteader.com



  • 1 box Cake mix (I prefer spice cake mix but can use yellow cake mix too)
  • 1 15-oz can Pumpkin puree (or 2 cups less 2.5 Tablespoons of homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp each nutmeg, allspice & ground cloves

Add'l ingredients depending upon your cake mix instructions:

  • 1-3 eggs depending upon your cake mix requirements (see your cake mix directions for amount of eggs)
  • Vegetable oil or butter depending upon your cake mix requirements (see your cake mix directions for amount of oil or butter)



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9x5 loaf pan. (350 degrees for glass pan)
  2. Consult your cake mix box to find the amount of eggs and oil as directed on the box. (for my spice cake mix this was 3 eggs & 1 stick melted butter)

  3. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil or butter in a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix batter until smooth.
  4. Add pumpkin and spices. Mix just until until incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into greased 9x5 loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (350 degrees for glass pan) for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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