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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze

Rich, moist cake loaded with the flavors of fall! Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze comes together easily from scratch and will make a great addition to any dessert table!
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze

Happy Halloween!!!

I’m serving bourbon!

And from the looks of my day I’ll need it in more than just cake!

Halloween is my favorite you guys. I am crossing my fingers that we are finally in a house that will get some trick-or-treat action, but also my oldest has invited like 10 teenage boys over for a spooky movie get together and costume party.

I’d planned on setting up corn hole boards and ushering them out into the giant yard with the faux graves and my ghost lady, but now they are calling for bad weather.

So I think I’m in for an evening of rowdy Halloween party kids cooped up inside and loaded up on candy.

Please pass the wine.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Anyway, let’s discuss cake.


This pumpkin cake is super easy and comes together almost like a quick bread. One bowl, one pan, no mixer.

The cake is full of rich brown butter flavor with plenty of cinnamon, ginger, clove pumpkin-ey spice. The glaze is sweet with the flavors of bourbon and vanilla.

It’s pretty perfect.

Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze


Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze
Yield: 10 slices

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bourbon Glaze

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake is a rich, moist, loaf cake full of fall flavors. Brown butter and pumpkin pair perfectly with the bourbon in the glaze.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and butter a 9 X 5 baking dish (large-size bread pan).
  2. In a small saucepan brown the butter. [Melt it over medium heat until it starts to crackle and pop. It will start to brown and will smell nutty -- careful that it doesn't burn! Brown butter will have little browned bits at the bottom] Let the butter cool just a little before using.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the browned butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well between each addition. Then stir in the vanilla and pumpkin.
  4. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Add the dry to the wet all at once and stir until everything is just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 - 45 minutes, until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. To make the glaze mix together the powdered sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and cream. Pour it over the cake and let it set up before slicing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 5g

Have a happy and safe All Hallow’s Eve!!!

Melissa Sperka

Thursday 12th of November 2015

This one is a beauty Heather well done!

Heather Tullos

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Aw thanks so much, Melissa! I love a good EASY recipe :)


Saturday 15th of November 2014

This looked so delicious, I had make it. But I left out one of the dry ingredient and will be making it again today, (I'm not use to using all purpose flour all ways use self rising flour) .Thanks for sharing...I also made your veg soup and it was a success.......Thanks again I will bookmark your page and will continue to attempt to make your delicious recipes...

Heather Tullos

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Thanks so much Alice! I hope it turns out easily the 2nd time around for you! Happy baking!


Saturday 1st of November 2014

This looks so amazing!

Heather Tullos

Saturday 1st of November 2014

Thank you Lindsey!!

Choc Chip Uru

Friday 31st of October 2014

Ooft that glaze shot really killed me, this looks delicious :D Great recipe!

Cheers Choc Chip Uru

Heather Tullos

Sunday 2nd of November 2014

Awww thanks so much Uru!!

Matt Robinson

Friday 31st of October 2014

Loving the flavors in this cake, perfect!

Heather Tullos

Saturday 1st of November 2014

Thank you so much, Matt!!

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