Pumpkin Pound Cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce

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Pumpkin Pound Cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce

I joined a gym today. I realized doing P90X in my basement isn’t going to cut it anymore. See, I have a problem. I go downstairs, start the video, conveniently forget to bring water, go back upstairs for water, and never return to the video.

So today, I decided it’s time to go join a gym again. I worked out for a little over an hour. I’m talking a good workout, a painful workout. Then I came home and decided I didn’t have enough pumpkin in my life. So I made you this lovely dessert (while munching on 3 pumpkin biscotti).

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce from www.shugarysweets.com

Here’s the bigger problem in my story. Remember the story yesterday, and my husband admitting he doesn’t love pumpkin? Well, I went and made more pumpkin desserts today. Why? WHY? I made an attempt to get healthy this morning, and now I’m ruining it by eating a big bowl of this pound cake. Which by the way is pretty amazing.

But don’t worry about me. I made an appointment today to work out with my free personal trainer for the day. I wonder if he likes pumpkin?

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce from www.shugarysweets.com

Pumpkin Pound cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce

Pumpkin Pound cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce


For the Pound Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla extract. In separate bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, ginger and cloves. Add dry ingredients slowly, alternating additions with the pumpkin. Mix just until combined.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured loaf pans. I like to put parchment paper on the bottom of the pans to be sure they come out well.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 70 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for about ten minutes, then remove to wire rack.
  4. Meanwhile, make sauce by combining brown sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to boil on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and walnuts.
  5. To serve, slice or cube pound cake and drizzle generously with caramel sauce. Enjoy!

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22 comments on “Pumpkin Pound Cake with Caramel Walnut Sauce”

  1. Ooooh that looks amazing! This may be a silly question but is the canned pumpkin puree just pumpkin or does it have other ingredients? I am in the UK and you don’t get it here but I do have a couple of pumpkins ready to roast and then puree!

  2. Alison, it’s just 100% pure pumpkin. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at roasting a pumpkin, just seems like so much work 🙂 But, if I didn’t have any other options I would totally be doing that too to get my pumpkin fix!

  3. Thanks! Off to put my oven on!

  4. Yea P90X wasn’t doing it for me either…but I actually read the booklet that came with it and it says it isn’t for weight loss. So here I spent all that time for nothing! Hope the gym works out better for you…and I hear pumpkin helps your muscles recover faster;-)

  5. Jocelyn, It could be I was taking in a few more calories that I burned. Not sure, but that’s what I’m thinking! At least going to the gym gets me out of the house for an hour (although there is a new frozen yogurt place next to the gym, nice!!)

  6. my gosh, pumpkin with walnut sauce? i really… fall pumpkin recipes are clearly also going to be my downfall. especially as i do not have a trainer.

    thanks for sharing! love you/love your blog 😉
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogpsot.com

  7. That looks beyond delicious. Cannot wait to try it out. We are celebrating our first anniversary today. We also have our very first give away and we are so exited. Come over and check it out.

  8. I’m not usually a huge fan of pumpkin (WHAT?! I know, I know..), but this looks quite delicious, and decadent without being pretentious. Yum.

    I have similar workout issues when I try to exercise at home. I could use a free personal trainer…preferably an attractive, young, single male one…haha!

  9. Scrumptious as always! I know what you mean…I bake bake bake and then eat eat eat. My diet lasts until about 9am each morning. 😉

  10. Oh you are too funny! I say I’m going to go every day, and I just don’t. I think of too many things I HAVE to do. Motivate me please!!!!

    This dessert looks amazing! I’d love it if you linked this up to my party http://www.projectqueen.org
    I’m your newest follower.

    Followed you over from Rook

  11. Too cute! Love the story. You sound a lot like me these days 🙂

  12. This recipe is definitely a must try! Who doesn’t luv pound cake and then add pumpkin to it? Sounds delish. The caramel walnut sauce sounds versatile too…may have to give that a try on other desserts too! 🙂

    Thx for sharing and the inspiration.

  13. This sounds delicious. The sauce alone would make me happy!

  14. Looks amazing! I hear you…why did I decide food blogging was for me when I knew I needed to lose weight? Hmmm? Sure enjoying it though! 🙂
    Thankfully my husband loves pumpkin too, because I’m on the same pumpkin craze as you are!

    ps…stopping by from Something Swanky

  15. Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your pumpkin recipe on my post about “Top 10 Pumpkin Recipes to Try.”

    Please feel free to drop by and check it out and add a button or link to your post if you want!

  16. Looks awesome, I love anything pumpkin!

  17. This looks so delicious! I love pound cake and I love caramel so this is right up my alley. It’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  18. Oh my deliciousness!

    Following your lovely blog. I am also inviting you to join Autumn Blog Hop 2011 at Momma’s Lounge at Momma’s Lounge ( http://olahmomma.com/momlounge ) where you meet more mom bloggers; shout away; add your giveaways and/or blog and business links; and get featured by sharing your crafts, recipes and interesting musings. You can follow us back at http://olahmomma.com

    Thanks and have a great day!

  19. Wise woman to join a gym, considering all of the amazing treats that come out of your kitchen!

  20. Jackie

    Hi Aimee

    I was wondering instead of slicing or cubing the pound cake can I just drizzle the sauce over the cake, if so do I cool it completely before adding the sauce or pour it over it while it is still warm. Or poke holes in it with a skewer and then drizzle the sauce over it.

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