Easy 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread Icing Glaze Recipe 

There is something so magical about pumpkin season. The scent of the season is definitely one of my favorites. The undeniably comforting earthy aroma of homemade pumpkin bread wafting through the kitchen is like a warm cozy sweater on a chilly autumn afternoon. And while a slice of warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread is delightful on its own, there’s a way to elevate this seasonal classic to new heights. Enter our Easy 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread Icing Glaze Recipe.

Picture this. Warm brown sugar toppings, alongside melted butter, on a thick, fresh slice of pumpkin bread right out of the oven. So, if you’re ready to embrace the flavors of fall and add a touch of indulgence to your baking repertoire, let’s dive into this delectable recipe that’s as easy as it is delightful.

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The Basics of Pumpkin Bread Icing 

Most often pumpkin bread icing is made with the addition of cream cheese frosting. While that is absolutely delicious, a lighter option, in calories and ease, is to make your icing with ingredients like confectionery sugar, vanilla, milk, and for an additional twist, pumpkin pie spice. It doesn’t get easier, or tastier than this. 

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Why Icing is a must for pumpkin bread

Adding Pumpkin bread icing is not a strict necessity. Here’s the thing tho, it can enhance the flavor and presentation of the pumpkin bread in many ways.

Here are five top reasons to add icing to your pumpkin bread.

  1. Enhancing the Flavor: Icing adds a sweet and creamy contrast to the moist and spiced pumpkin bread. It complements the earthy, nutty flavors of the bread with a rich sweetness.
  2. Elevate the Eating Experience: The velvety smoothness of the icing creates a delightful addition to the robust and crumbly nature of pumpkin bread, elevating the overall eating experience.
  3. Visually Appealing: A well-iced pumpkin bread looks way more appealing and inviting. It can be decorated with patterns, colors, or garnishes, making it visually appealing, especially for special occasions.
  4. Personal Touch & Customization: Icing allows for customization. You can adjust the sweetness and flavor to suit your preferences, adding a personal touch to your pumpkin bread.
  5. Seasonal Variation: Depending on the spices and flavors you add to the icing, it can be tailored to match the autumnal or holiday season, adding a festive touch to your dessert.

Ultimately, whether or not you use icing on your pumpkin bread is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer the simplicity of plain pumpkin bread, with warmed butter drizzled over it. Others prefer cream cheese icing, while others enjoy the added sweetness and texture that adding icing brings. 

pumpkin bread batter in load pan with powdered sugar and milk in small glass bowls next to loaf pan

Quick Bread or Homemade Pumpkin Loaf?

The debate is on.

Which is the best way to make moist pumpkin bread? Is it following an easy pumpkin bread recipe out of a box? Or is it using fresh pumpkin to achieve that perfect pumpkin flavor? 

For me, I love either. I haven’t had a pumpkin bread I didn’t like.

It’s up to you which one you prefer but I say, if making it out of the box is easier for you, then do it!

When you have more time, then give the homemade version a go. One thought is that homemade bread may be a better choice if you want to highlight the pumpkin’s taste. Let me know which one you prefer. I’d love to hear!

My tip is to consider your guests and decide which is better for you between these two. Like I said, any pumpkin bread is better than none at all. Your guests and family will appreciate either. 

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The quick option

I was short on time so I opted for the easier option. All I had to do was mix the wet ingredients in a large bowl. I added whole milk, vegetable oil (or canola oil), and two eggs and mixed on medium-high speed until well blended.

Next, using my hand mixer I blended the dry ingredients into the bowl. The next step was to pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan using my rubber spatula and bake for the appropriate length of time. 

pumpkin  bread icing mixed in glass bowl ready to go on pumpkin bread

The Key Ingredients

Follow these step-by-step instructions for this easy recipe.

  1. Ingredients: You’ll need powdered sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and pumpkin pie spice or optional spices.
  2. Mix: Beat the vanilla extract. Using your measuring cup add one cup of milk and blend together.  
  3. Sweeten: Gradually add powdered sugar while continuing to mix until you achieve the desired sweetness and texture.
  4. Flavor: Add the pumpkin pie spice or spices (like cinnamon or nutmeg) for a warm, autumn touch and the perfect pumpkin spice flavor.
  5. Blend: Blend in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. 
  6. Adjust: Taste and adjust the sweetness or spiciness to your preference.
  7. Optional: Adding a nutty crunch with chopped walnuts, or pecans.
  8. Ice: Once your pumpkin bread has cooled on a wire rack, spread or pipe the icing on top.

Pumpkin Bread Icing Recipe

pumpkin bread with pumpkin bread icing drizzled on top on white dish

Pumpkin Bread Icing Recipe

There is something so magical about pumpkin season. The scent of the season is definitely one of my favorites. The undeniably comforting earthy aroma of homemade pumpkin bread wafting through the kitchen is like a warm cozy sweater on a chilly autumn afternoon. And while a slice of warm, freshly baked pumpkin bread is delightful on its own, there's a way to elevate this seasonal classic to new heights. Enter our Easy 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread Icing Glaze Recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Confectionery powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instructions
 

  • Mix: Beat the vanilla extract. Using your measuring cup add one cup of milk and blend together.
  • Sweeten: Gradually add powdered sugar while continuing to mix until you achieve the desired sweetness and texture.
  • Flavor: Add the pumpkin pie spice or spices (like cinnamon or nutmeg) for a warm, autumn touch and the perfect pumpkin spice flavor.
  • Blend: Blend in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. 
  • Adjust: Taste and adjust the sweetness or spiciness to your preference.
  • Optional: Adding a nutty crunch with chopped walnuts, or pecans.
  • Ice: Once your pumpkin bread has cooled on a wire rack, spread or pipe the icing on top.
Keyword frosting, icing recipe, pumpkin bread icing

Storing and Serving Tips 

How to store pumpkin bread with icing 

A great way to store your pumpkin bread icing is by using an airtight container. It that is not possible, a sheet of plastic wrap over the bread will do just fine. 

Reheating options for serving warm slices 

One of the best ways to warm your perfect fall treat is to slice the pumpkin bread and place it on a sheet tray to toast in your oven. 

parchment paper leaves on serving dish that will decorate the plate for pumpkin bread

Setting up a beautiful serving presentation

The next time you are ready to serve pumpkin muffins or your pumpkin bread, layer your serving dish with these beautiful parchment paper leaf decorations. The decorations come in tons of different motifs for all different holidays or parties.

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Be sure to pin this to your Pinterest recipe board for future reference. When it comes time to make your pumpkin bread the recipe will be easy for you to refer to your recipe board.

pumpkin bread with icing on top and sprinkled confectionery sugar

Celebrating the joys of fall with a slice of delicious, iced pumpkin bread and a cup of coffee is the perfect way to kick off fall! You’ll be so glad you did!

I’m convinced it will be one of your favorite pumpkin desserts.

Happy Baking!

pumpkin bread with pumpkin bread icing drizzled on top on white dish
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