Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and Muffins

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread with chocolate chips

The Story:

The last time I carved a pumpkin I carved a cupcake out of it.  Fitting, I know.  It was 3 years ago and just a week after I started up this little blog.  So guess what that means!  Your Cup of Cake is 3 years old!  (I’m a few weeks late in mentioning it but I’m hoping you’ll forgive me.)

What have  I done in 3 years?  A lot of stuff, including publishing the cookbook “Your Cup of Cake”  and having 2 other books/things coming out in the next 6 months.  But here is a little visual to see just how far I’ve come.

logo evolution

Yup, my logo seems to have changed a bunch but I’m really happy with my recent one and hoping to stick with it! Thank you to everyone for these last 3 years and for coming to check out my little site. Your views, pins, likes and shares all make this possible deliciousness happen!  Because lets face it, if no one visited my site, I’d have to start applying to broadcasting jobs.[end-story]

Pumpkin Bread with chocolate chips and cream cheese swirl

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and Muffins


Pumpkin Bread:
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. applesauce
2/3 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. sugar
3 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 1/2 C. mini chocolate chips.
Cream Cheese Filling:
16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 C. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 Tbsp. milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pans, muffins pans or come of each (I made 1 large loaf and 12 muffins!)
2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, milk, vanilla extract and sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger together.
4. Combine the 1st and 2nd bowl and stir only until combined.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Filling: Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and milk together until smooth.
7. For Loaf Pans: Pour a little bit of batter into the loaf pan, spread to cover the bottom and then spoon cream cheese filling and spread it on top. Continue to alternate until your pan is 3/4 full and then bake for 60-80 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
8. For muffins: Fill each muffin tin 1/3 full, then spoon your filling in the pan, then top with another spoonful of pumpkin batter. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
NOTE: I sprinkled extra chocolate chips on top of my bread before baking to make it look extra pretty 🙂

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Swirl

I put two layers of cream cheese in my bread and then swirled the top a little to make it extra pretty

pumpkin cream cheese loaf

A little sprinkle of extra chocolate chips

pumpkin cream cheese chocolate chip bread

pumpkin chocolate chip bread with cream cheese

pumpkin cream cheese muffins

My LAST photos in this apartment! And the pumpkin brought to you by Kyle, he tried to get me to carve it but it was so cute the way it was I wouldn’t dare take a knife to it!

food photography set up

Love these? My Pumpkin Nutella Muffins are to die for as well!

Pumpkin Nutella Muffin Recipe

66 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and Muffins

  1. 1
    Samantha Sullivan says:

    Lizzy these look wonderful! I can’t wait to make them. Like you I’m now baking everything Pumpkin and stocking my supplies for the Christmas baking I’ll be doing. So excited to see what you have coming out soon. Congratulations again I know they will be a hit!!! Will be pre-ordering the new book as soon as it’s available. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. 2
    Valerie A. H. says:

    Oh, you have done it again! This recipe looks so good! I have to make it. Congratulations on your 3 year blog and all your accomplishments. Bravo to you!!! Thank you for all of the great recipes you have shared. They are so good!

  3. 3
    Paula says:

    You are amazing. I’ve been baking since, well a long time; LOL! You have outdone everyone I know? Watch out Martha Stewart!

  4. 4
    Blanka says:

    I am sooooo making these! Love pumpkin bread, love cream cheese, and love your recipes!

  5. 5
    Mary says:

    Another amazing recipe Lizzy!! My very favorite emails are your notifications that you have a new recipe on your Website :)! Congrats on your three-year Anniversary. You are truly INCREDIBLE!

  6. 6
    Sharon says:

    You make everything so beautiful. You are an amazing woman and I love all your cute comments about the things you do and remember from days gone by. Congrats to you!!!

  7. 7

    Oh yum! I’ve seen plenty of people use cream cheese for frosting on pumpkin bread, but this is the first time I’ve seen it used as a filling. Great idea!

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    tricia says:

    in the oven as I post….smells yummy!!

  9. 9
    Roshaunah Phillips says:

    I am making these!! All I need is some applesauce and my mom loves pumpkin and cream cheese, adding chocolate will so make her day! I sadly have to hide it from my dog because while we were sleeping he went in the kitchen and ate all the banana bread (got from your website)! Im just a teenager who loves your website!

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    Lisa says:

    This looks amazing! I have everything BUT applesauce…what can I use instead??

  11. 11
    Jennifer Lopez says:

    Everyday I come to your blog to see what new recipes you have in store. They’re amazing! As like you, I’m not much of a sweet Eater but I love baking! You give me so much inspiration. Thank you!

  12. 12
    Carol Poluan says:

    I’m going to try this because of the applesauce in it. 🙂

  13. 13
    Angela says:

    I made this but used gluten free flour and it was yummy.

  14. 14
    Angela says:

    And I used coconut oil instead of veg oil to make it healthier.

  15. 15
    Bailey says:

    yay happy birthday your cup of cake!! wow!! it’s grown so much 🙂

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    Nati williams says:

    Sorry not much of a baker, but I love your website. I’m not sure what 1 tsp cloves is? garlic?

  17. 17
    FATIMA says:

    I wonder if I could use 2 medium loaf pans instead? I will put all ingredients together to be baking this coming weekend, could I use my own pumpkin puree instead can? thanks for posting this recipe Lizzy, looks great!

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    mainecyn says:

    I’ve made these before with the chocolate chips so knew the recipe was a great one. I had two large sweet potatoes that I needed to use. I microwaved them to cook them, peeled them, then used my food processor to blend these up into a puree. They made exactly 15 ounces, I then blended the applesauce into them. I followed the recipe with the rest of the ingredients, minus a few ounces of cream cheese (kid had raided one of my packages). I used a cake pan to cook this bread in making one huge pan instead of loaf pans as I don’t have the correct pan anymore. I cooked it 70 mins. and it is almost completely cooled already.

    I was unsure about making adaptations to this recipe, the sweet potatoes, using a different pan, having a couple ounces less cream cheese, yet this recipe is very user friendly and adapts to just about anything. I am beginning to think it can not be screwed up 🙂 I liked having the large cake pan, vs the two loaves as I have 5 kids and a husband. I trim off less “end” pieces as the kids don’t prefer them. I cut it down the middle and then sliced it into perfect pieces. The family can then just grab and go.

    I have less cream cheese filling as I was short a couple ounces, but it still is noticeable and a fair amount. I ended up swirling the cream cheese a little bit with a knife before adding the next layer because I knew I had less filling.

    Thank you for the great recipe.

  19. 19
    Roshaunah says:

    Will canola oil work because I ran out of vegetable oil??

  20. 20
    Adam says:

    I work with tons of female nurses in a ER. Tomorrow we are having a bake off of pumpkin breads… Soon to see how a lonely guy can win with you recipe! It’s cooking in the oven now, whew!! Ps hope I did not over fill the pan and hope that I put enough cream cheese filling in because I have some left overs!

  21. 21
    allison king says:

    i want to make this but i wanted to know can i substitute pumpkin for fresh sweet potatoe (yams) and would i use the same amount 15oz?

  22. 22
    Samantha Sullivan says:

    Can I use pure pumpkin instead of pumpkin puree? And happy 3rd birthday “Your Cup of Cake!! Yay!

    • 22.1

      As long as you use a pumpkin mean for baking/cooking and you mash it down fine, then yes!

      • Samantha Sullivan says:

        Oh yes, it is. It’s actually in a can. Where I live in Phila, Pa we have 2 kinds, 1 is a mix with added spices, and 1 is pure with nothing added. That’s the one I want to you. Alos I was wondering can I omit the cream cheese? Would that change time or amount of ingredients? Thanks again Lizzy for you help and your amazing recipes.

  23. 23
    Debi says:

    My Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins turned out GREAT! Ppl at work LOVED them! Thank you!

  24. 24
    Ashley Rainwater says:

    My muffins just finished and now I’m waiting on the loaf! Should these be refridgerated overnight if not being served till tomorrow? Thanks

  25. 25

    Such a beautiful loaf of bread Lizzy – I love it! Pinned 🙂

  26. 26
    Nyx says:

    How many loaf pans does this recipe make?

  27. 27
    Tracey says:

    Is it whole cloves or ground cloves?

  28. 28
    kaf says:

    This looks fabulous and I would like to try it…but (sorry!) I’m not a big chocolate fan. Will it still be fabulous without the chocolate chips, do you think??

  29. 29
    Amanda says:

    Great Recipe! Did anyone else have problems getting the middle portion of the bread to cook through? I used three of the metal bread pans you can get for a dollar at wal-mart and i couldnt get the middle (pumpkin bread portion, not cream cheese portion) to cook through to save my life.

  30. 30
    Rachel says:

    How many mini muffins will this make? Can’t wait to try it!

  31. 31
    Leisa Joan says:

    I made these in the muffin form without the cream cheese filling…as I was making them w/my 3 year old nephew…but we made them w/cream cheese frosting…best pumpkin muffins ever…my daughter who doesn’t eat “orange” food loved them…just saying. thanks for the recipe…

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    emily dushane says:

    I don’t know if this is a silly question but were all your spices ground? it just says cloves does that mean cloves or ground cloves? And also wondering the same with ginger and nutmeg! Thank you!

  33. 33
    Jess says:

    Hello, I’m just wondering if I could use pumpkin pie spice rather than all of the individual spices, and if so, how much would I need to use? Looks delicious, thanks!

  34. 34
    Ashley says:

    Hi! I made your pumpkin bread recipe along with 12 pumpkin muffins and they were absolutely incredible. I added a lot more chocolate chips than you called for and used less cream cheese and everything turned out to be outstanding. I will be using this recipe again and again. Thank you so much. Also loved the touch of chocolate chips on top of the bread!

  35. 35
    orangesugar says:

    Does this recipe make a loaf of bread and muffins? Or one or the other? It’s not clear.

  36. 36
    SW says:

    Hi there- when you say Large Loaf pan, what are the dimensions of said pan? Thanks

  37. 37
    Dave says:

    Great post. Fixing to head to the store to buy the missing ingredients to make this. Looks wonderfully delicious!

  38. 38
    Jenn says:

    Currently setting out the ingredients for this right now! I have been waiting weeks to find time for this ever since I came across it on Tumblr! I am so happy I found your site! My neighbors will be too 🙂

  39. 39
    Lynda Stout says:

    I always prefer to use pumpkin pie spice instead of all the individual spices. How much would I use in this recipe? I saw the question unanswered above – thanks!

  40. 40
    Tricia says:

    This recipe looks fabulous. I am making it for my friends birthday. My question is are the cloves ground? Cause that’s what I have…. but it doesn’t say ground in the recipe. Thanks

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    LP says:

    Just made this – it is absolutely delicious! I don’t really like pumpkin bread or muffins, so made this for my son, but even I love it! Thanks for a great recipe.

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    John Wilkes says:

    Sorry Lizzy but I made a right pigs ear of this one, I guess i am a bit to old in the tooth as U.S measurement always seem to get me, I made four mini loaves but could not get them to cook even after one and a half hours,The only difference I made was 200 grams of cream cheese plus 250 grams of quark, I also changed all the other measurement to grams so I must have slipped up there, If it had of turned out like yours I would have been well pleased.

    Best wishes to you and your husband

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    Becky says:

    I have made these as muffins many times and they are amazing!! My go to recipe during the holidays. Even people who say they aren’t pumpkin fans love them. Thank you so much for the fantastic recipe! They are in the oven again this moment!

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