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Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Copycat Recipe

Enjoy the best of fall flavors in this copycat Starbucks pumpkin bread copycat recipe! If you’re a pumpkin lover, this recipe is a must-try.

Starbucks has definitely knocked it out of the park with their pumpkin bread. It’s incredibly tender, moist, and seasoned perfectly with pumpkin and spices.

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Homemade Pumpkin Bread

But man, at $2-3 a pop, it’s not the most affordable… especially when you get it every day!

So why not make pumpkin bread yourself? It’s easy, inexpensive, and tastes even better than the original. Need I say more?

Whether you eat this for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, you really can’t go wrong. Just don’t forget to pair it with coffee for the most satisfying autumn treat.

Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

Starbucks pumpkin bread is a seasonal product that’s only available during fall. But it’s always a hit! 

It’s undeniably moist and buttery. The flavor combo of pumpkin and spices is just spot on. Every bite is fall perfection.

The only problem is, it’s quite expensive. Good thing there’s an easy solution: just make it yourself! It’s such a breeze to make, and it’s so much more affordable.

Plus, with this easy-peasy recipe, you’ll get to enjoy the Starbucks pumpkin bread any day of the year. There’s no need to wait for the fall to enjoy your favorite treat!


Flour. The base of every baked good. 

Baking soda and baking powder. Leavening agents that lift your batter.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The classic fall seasonings that give the bread its signature fall flavor! 

Canned pumpkin. You can’t call it pumpkin bread without the pumpkin! Canned puree adds both flavor and moisture to the bread. 

Vegetable oil. It makes your bread extra moist!

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Tips & Tricks

  • Patience is key. Don’t serve or eat your pumpkin bread fresh from the oven. Let it sit for 30 minutes and the bread will get a deeper flavor and a softer texture. I know it’s tempting, but trust me, the wait is worth it.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Doing so leads to dry and dense bread. Mix the batter just until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Don’t overbake the bread. This will lose all the moisture in your bread. The toothpick test is your best ally to ensure doneness.
  • Try your own puree. Canned pumpkin works well for this recipe, but fresh is always best. You can use boiled pumpkin to make it, but roasted pumpkin will give you maximum flavor.
  • To make it look and taste even closer to the original, top the bread with pumpkin seeds.
  • For added crunch, add walnuts or pecans into the mix. Chocolate chips and dried cranberries taste great, too!
  • For a richer flavor, you can substitute butter for half of the oil. That way, you get the flavor from the butter and moisture from the oil.
  • Be sure to grease your loaf pan well to prevent the bread from sticking.

How to Store Pumpkin Bread

Place the pumpkin bread in an airtight container and store at room temperature or in the fridge. To preserve its moisture, wrap the bread in plastic wrap before placing it inside the container.

Pumpkin Bread with Nuts and Sauce

How Long Does Pumpkin Bread Last? 

At room temperature, pumpkin bread lasts for up to five days. Of course, it gets a longer lifespan in the fridge – about a week.

If you want to keep it around for much longer, freeze it. Pumpkin bread lasts for up to 3 months in the freezer. 

You can freeze the entire loaf by first double wrapping it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Then transfer it into a ziplock bag and freeze.

You can also slice the bread beforehand so that it’s easier to thaw individual servings. Double wrap each slice in plastic wrap and foil, store in a ziplock bag, and freeze.

To thaw, transfer the bread into the fridge overnight. Let it sit at room temperature before serving. Or, you can also microwave it at 30-second intervals until warm.

Be sure to remove the wrappings before you do!  

Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Copycat Recipe



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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon 1 baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon 1 ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon 1 ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon 1 ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup 1 white sugar

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 light brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 canned pumpkin

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 of vegetable oil


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan (8 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch) with butter or oil spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract at high speed for about 30 seconds. You can use an electric or hand mixer.
  • Stir in pumpkin and oil.
  • Add the dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth and well-combined.
  • Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 70 minutes. The top should look dark brown. Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s done.
  • Let the bread cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Invert the pan to release the bread and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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