Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Recreate the magic of Starbucks Pumpkin Bread with this copycat recipe – a slice of autumn warmth you can make anytime!

Something about Fall makes me want to have sweet, cake-y bread in the oven every single day. Sometimes it’s this Chocolate Cinnamon Bread (another Starbucks copycat) or this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread or maybe it’s Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. I love them all! But my favorite one is probably this Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Recipe. It hits just right on those chilly Fall days and makes the house smell amazing.

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Key Ingredients Needed for this Starbucks Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • Eggs: Always bring eggs to room temperature anytime you’re making cake or a batter bread, like this recipe. This is crucial to creating a moist bread with a tender crumb. More on this in a moment…
  • White Sugar and Brown Sugar: White sugar helps create a crisp outer layer and contributes to browning due to its ability to caramelize during baking. Brown sugar, on the other hand, adds a slight chewiness and contributes to a more tender crumb. That’s why it’s important to use a combination in baking.
  • Canned Pumpkin: I like to stock up on canned pumpkin before Fall hits so that I can be sure to have enough on hand for this recipe any time I want it!
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: Skip the store-bought kind and make your own using our recipe. It’s so easy!
  • All Purpose Flour: Sometimes I’ll sub in half wheat flour. It makes me feel better about serving this to my kids for breakfast!
  • Vegetable Oil: this is another ingredient I like to swap for a healthier alternative– you can use coconut oil instead.
  • Pepitas: Pepitas (or baby pumpkin seeds) are the secret ingredient to making your homemade pumpkin bread taste just like the Starbucks version. It may seem like a little detail, but I assure you– it’s a game-changer.

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Why Should Eggs be at Room Temperature for Baking?

Allowing eggs to come to room temperature before baking is a common practice in baking for several reasons:

  1. Better Incorporation and Mixing: Room temperature eggs are easier to mix into batters and doughs, ensuring a smoother and more even distribution of their components. This is especially important for recipes where eggs play a crucial role in binding and emulsifying ingredients, such as in cakes, muffins, and certain cookies.
  2. Improved Volume and Texture: When eggs are at room temperature, they can trap and hold more air when beaten. This increased air incorporation helps in creating lighter and fluffier baked goods with a better rise. Cold eggs straight from the refrigerator might not expand as well during mixing, leading to denser and less tender textures in the final product.
  3. Enhanced Chemical Reactions: Many baking recipes rely on chemical reactions between ingredients, such as the reaction between eggs and sugars. Room temperature eggs promote better interaction between their proteins and sugars, resulting in more stable emulsions and a finer crumb structure in baked goods.
  4. Faster Mixing: Cold eggs can cause butter or other fats in the recipe to solidify or seize up, making it more difficult to mix the ingredients evenly. Room temperature eggs blend more smoothly and quickly with other ingredients, saving you time and effort.
  5. Even Baking: Baking is a delicate balance of chemistry and physics. Starting with room temperature ingredients helps ensure that your batter or dough bakes more evenly. If cold eggs are added to a batter, the temperature difference can affect how the batter cooks, potentially leading to uneven baking and texture issues.
  6. Preventing Curdling: Some recipes involve combining eggs with liquids, such as milk or buttermilk. Adding cold eggs to warm liquids can cause the eggs to curdle due to the temperature shock. Room temperature eggs can help prevent this curdling and lead to a smoother mixture.

To bring eggs to room temperature, you can simply place them on the counter for about 30 minutes before using them in your baking recipe. If you’re in a hurry, you can place the eggs in a bowl of warm water for about 5-10 minutes to speed up the process. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Store your pumpkin bread in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, or in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life.

Yes, you can freeze pumpkin bread. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container before freezing for up to 2-3 months.

Avoid overmixing the batter and ensure your leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda are fresh and properly measured.

Yes, you can reduce the sugar slightly, but keep in mind that sugar contributes to the texture and moisture of the bread, so the final result might be affected.

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Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Bread

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Bread with this easy-to-follow recipe - a perfect fall treat!


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9x5 loaf pan by lightly spraying with cooking spray and lining with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and oil.
  3. Add the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold into the wet ingredients using a rubber spatula. Stop mixing once batter has formed. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. If desired, sprinkle pepitas over the batter.
  5. Bake for 55-70 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (start testing at 55 minutes).
  6. Let cool in pan for at least 15 minutes before slicing. I think it's best served at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 287mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 5g

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Ashton and Keaton began blogging together in 2016 as a passion project. Both siblings are lovers of food, family gatherings, and entrepreneurial pursuits, which made starting a food blog together a no-brainer.