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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

May 31, 2020 (Last updated November 30, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

This moist copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread is filled with warm spices and sweet pumpkin. It’s the perfect quick bread recipe for your family all year round!

Pumpkin season never ends at the Dinner Fairy household! Although it’s a classic fall recipe for most, this moist pumpkin bread is a treat that I’ll gladly eat all year long!

Why we love this recipe for Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

This bread has just the right amount of sweetness and warm spices that come together to make a delicious breakfast treat! It tastes just like Starbucks Pumpkin loaf! I like to use my own blend of spices to create those fall flavors, like cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and a touch of nutmeg. However, you can use pumpkin pie spice if you have that on hand! This is a great copycat starbucks pumpkin bread recipe!

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Key ingredients for this Starbucks copycat recipe

copycat starbucks pumpkin bread ingredients in small bowls on marble backdrop


Canned pumpkin works perfectly for this easy pumpkin bread recipe. You can find it in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.


Brown sugar and white sugar are both used in the pumpkin bread batter. The brown sugar makes the bread extra moist because of the addition of molasses. It also gives this copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread a deeper color and flavor as well. It’s out of this world delicious!

Vegetable Oil

The combination of brown sugar and vegetable oil is what gives this bread such a moist texture. Oil-based quick breads and cakes are more tender and moist than ones made with butter. This is because oil coats wheat flour proteins better than butter does. If the proteins aren’t adequately coated, they bond with water and create stretchy gluten, a form of protein that holds ingredients together and makes bread chewy. You may also use canola oil as a substitute for vegetable oil.

Large Eggs

Eggs provide structure and help bind the ingredients together. Eggs also act as an emulsifier. By surrounding small particles of fat, the egg helps make the quick bread batter smoother, creating a beautiful crumb texture when baked.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla enhances all the other flavors in this in sweet baked goods is like the role of salt on the savory side: it enhances all the other flavors in the recipe. Without it, cookies and cakes tend to taste flat and bland.

Pumpkin seeds

A pumpkin seed, also known as a pepita, is the edible seed of a pumpkin! They are sprinkled on top to create a beautiful crunch in each bite.


Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice all combine to enhance that beautiful pumpkin flavor we all love! 

Additional Ingredients


Baking Soda

Baking powder


step by step process of making pumpkin bread

Step By Step Instructions To Make This Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Bread Recipe

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and sugars until combined 

Next add in the spices to the wet ingredients: ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg.

Whisk together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix with a spatula until no lumps remain, scraping the bowl all the way to the bottom.

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle roasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds on top.

Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour, or until it passes the toothpick test or the toothpick comes out clean. 

Let bread cool 15 minutes before removing from baking pan, and continue to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

FAQ and Expert Tips

sliced pumpkin bread cascading on a cooling rack

Enjoy a slice of pumpkin bread with a cup of coffee for the perfect fall breakfast! Hope you loved this homemade pumpkin bread recipe!

Other Recipes to Try

Can’t get enough of those fall flavors? Try my apple cinnamon crepes! A perfect fall breakfast

Looking for a healthy fall smoothie? This Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin smoothie is for you!

Craving cookies? These apple butter snickerdoodles are just what you need!

two slices of pumpkin bread on a stack of plates with a fork and cup of coffee in the background
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Pumpkin Bread

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American



16 oz can pumpkin

4 eggs

1 cup oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup granulated white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground allspice

pinch of ground nutmeg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1/4 cup roasted pepitas


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and sugars until combined  Next add in the spices: ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg.

Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Gently whisk together until well combined.

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.  Pour prepared batter into loaf pan.  Sprinkle roasted pepitas on top.

Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F.  Bake for 55 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Let cool completely before slicing.

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